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10 Things to Eat in Mexico City and Where to Eat


Beans, corn and chili - these are the main ingredients of the cuisine of Mexico City!

But not only that, because the menus in the Mexican capital offer much more.
Its gastronomic tradition has its roots in pre-Columbian civilization but over time it has mixed with European traditions.
The resulting dishes, therefore, are very varied, as well as very spicy: meat, fish, products that come from the earth and lots of tropical fruit!
But here it is what to taste during your stay in Mexico City.



Index

  1. Chilaquiles
  2. pozole
  3. Tamales
  4. Enchiladas
  5. toasts
  6. Nopales
  7. Guacamole
  8. Esquites
  9. Fat
  10. Tacos
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Chilaquiles

A dish made from fried or toasted corn tortillas topped with salsa verde or spicy red and accompanied by raw onions, chopped chicken, minced meat, eggs, beans and cheese.

Mexicans usually eat it for breakfast, we recommend it for lunch.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: 42 pesos mex, € 2,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: tortilla, meat, beans

2 - Pozole

Ancient Mexican dish served on special occasions since the time of the Aztecs, is a corn-based soup served with pork, sliced ​​cabbage, chilli, garlic.

There are several versions: vegetarian with beans instead of meat; with red or green sauce or without sauces.



  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: 42 pesos mex, € 2,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn, pork, cabbage

3 - Tamales

Specialty that dates back to 8.000 BC characterized by a corn dough steamed inside its peel or inside banana leaves.
Usually they are accompanied with meat or vegetables, there are also sweet versions.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: 21 pesos mex, € 1,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn

4 - Enchiladas

Plate a tortilla base prepared like rolled pancakes that come stuffed with different creams and covered with spicy sauce.
They are served with rice and usually a salad to complete the dish.

A similar version, but topped with mashed beans and cheese are Enfrijjoladas.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: 42 pesos mex, € 2,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn, cheese, chilli

5 - Tostadas

Fried and stuffed corn tortillas with salad cut into strips, vegetables, fish, meat and sauces.

This dish was originally born from the need to avoid waste, when the tortillas became stale and no longer soft to use as an accompaniment to dishes or tacos.


  • Recommended to: lunch, snack and dinner
  • Average cost: 42 pesos mex, € 2,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn, meat or fish

6 - Nopales

It is cactus leaves which can be consumed, after being cleared of thorns, cooked on the grill or raw and are an excellent source of protein.

There are 114 varieties of Nopal in nature and are also used in medicine for its beneficial properties.


  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: 10 pesos mex, € 0,50 approx
  • Main ingredients: cactus leaves

7 - Guacamole

Avocado-based cream, onions, cilantro and chopped tomatoes, served with hard corn tortillas.

Guacamole usually comes consumed as an appetizer to be divided between 2 or more people.

The secret to making a great one is to mash the avocado with a fork and add the lime first, then the other ingredients.

  • Recommended to: snack, appetizer
  • Average cost: 21 pesos mex, € 1,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: avocado

8 - Esquites

Usually sold at street stalls and in these markets corn on the cob they are seasoned with onion, cheese, peppers in grains and garnished with mayonnaise.

It's a street food snack that people eat on their way to work or at the end of the day!


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: 10 pesos mex, € 0,50 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn

9 - Gorditas

Cornmeal loaves filled with meat, cheese and other ingredients.

The term "gordita" means chubby and this makes you understand that this dish is not exactly the healthiest and most dietetic in the world.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: 42 pesos mex, € 2,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn, meat, cheese

10 - Tacos

It is one of the most famous Mexican foods that are also found on the tables of Mexico City.

These little ones Corn Tortillas heat on the plate e stuffed with meat or fish and accompanied by onion, coriander, spicy sauces and cheese.


  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 60 pesos mex, € 3,00 approx
  • Main ingredients: corn, meat or fish

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Mexican cuisine is popular and unsophisticated which can be enjoyed in various places in Mexico City.
Some restaurants offer the "menu comida" for lunch, which has fixed prices around 75/80 pesos (€ 3,60 approximately) and includes soup and a dish of your choice with a drink.

Those who want to have a snack or a quick lunch can also follow the Mexican culture of the "Comida callejera" or street food in the various kiosks in the corners of the city, spending an average of 20 pesos (€ 1,00).

Finally, for dinner you can choose one of the many places that mix the country's culinary tradition with international flavors and tastes. Here are the places where you can eat in Mexico City:

1 - Found Fina

  • Description: homey atmosphere in a modern and welcoming place that mixes Mexican and international flavors based on fish or meat. Ideal for a dinner
  • specialty: Beef Hueraches, Bean Tamales, Barbacoa style roast lamb
  • Average price: from 400 pesos, € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Medellín 79, Rome Nte - Get directions - Page Fb

2 - Surtidora Don Batiz

  • Description: music venue perfect for dinner, lunch or just to have a drink. The food is typical Mexican and so is the atmosphere
  • specialty: tacos
  • Average price: from 170 pesos, € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Calle Julio Verne 93, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo - Get directions - Page Fb

3 - El Moro

  • Description: unmissable place with an informal atmosphere, perfect for trying the best churros; they have numerous varieties of chocolate and excellent quality
  • specialty: churros
  • Average price: from 100 pesos, € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Centro Histórico - Get directions

4 - Testal

  • Description: a non-touristy place with a welcoming atmosphere that serves traditional Mexican dishes at reasonable prices
  • specialty: Oaxaca grasshoppers, fish balls, tacos with octopus
  • Average price: from 400 pesos, € 18,00 per person
  • Address: Dolores 16, Cologne Center - Get directions - Page Fb

5 - Tostadas de Coyoacan

  • Description: inside the Coyoacan covered market there is this tostadas that serves only round tortillas served with fish, meat or vegetables
  • specialty: tostadas
  • Average price: from 40 pesos, € 2,00 per person
  • Address: Mercado de Coyoacán, Ignacio Allende No.49, Del Carmen, Coyoacán - Get directions

6 - Cabanna Polanco

  • Description: in the elegant Polanco district, this place is very popular with young customers and friendly service. Excellent value for money
  • specialty: tacos, tostadas and ceviche
  • Average price: from 170 pesos, € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Av. Pdte. Masaryk 134, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, Miguel Hidalgo - Get directions - Page Fb

7 - The House of Pastor Masaryk

  • Description: excellent restaurant, good value for money, clean and friendly staff.Located in the Polanco district, which is one of the most elegant in the city
  • specialty: tacos del pastor
  • Average price: from 140 pesos, € 7,00 per person
  • Address: A. Musset 3, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, Miguel Hidalgo - Get directions - Website
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