The cuisine of Mexico is far more delicious and varied than that little chihuahua tells you. Each region of Mexico has its own unique flavour, from the way tacos are prepared to the salsas and tortillas and the cuts of meat. Mole poblano is different than the mole from Oaxaca (both are fabulous, you can't beat spicy chocolatey sauce on chicken, mmmmm). Living in Cancun I have mostly been exposed to Yucatecan dishes, recipes handed down over thousands of years by the Mayan people of this region. Here's a small sampling of some of the dishes of Mexico.....
YUM!Tacos de Arrachera.
This could well be my favourite dish, tender pieces of skirt steak done with just the right seasonings, arrachera is generally very juicy and flavourful! Add a touch of habanero salsa or some guacamole and I am very satisfied.
Tacos de ojo/eyeball tacos.
Tacos de ojo/eyeball tacos.
Ok seriously, I am not on Fear Factor, I shouldn't be forced to eat something as nasty as tacos made from the eyeballs of cows. I won't condemn you if you do, my hubby loves them, I just don't need my food to be watching me.
YUM! Enchiladas suizas are divine!
Chicken enchiladas smothered in spicy green salsa and topped with swiss cheese (or manchego cheese as is often the case here).
YUCK!! Tacos al pastor.
Now, I might get my head kicked in for saying that since it seems that EVERYONE loves the pastor but it's just not my bag. I really despise onions and cilantro and these puppies are covered in them so it's not for me. It is great fun to watch them cut the meat and flick off that little piece of pineapple, I just won't be eating them thank you very much.
YUM YUM YUM! Cochinita pibil.
I heart cochinita and eat it every chance I get. Perhaps not the healthiest choice, it's pretty fatty but it's de-li-cious! My next door neighbour had a five gallon drum of it made before Hurricane Wilma and boy did we eat well out of that! This is a "must try" if you end up in this area of Mexico, it is unique to the Yucatan Peninsula.
YUM! (Yes, there are more yums than yucks). Cemitas!
My first taste of this Mexican style sandwich was in the town of its origin, Puebla (hubby's town of origin as well!). These sandwiches are made on a special egg bread and in my experience they are HUGE. I can never finish one, it usually becomes a couple of meals for me. There is one place we have found in Cancun that has them and they are authentic and tasty (and yes, huge).
YUM! Tikin xic fish.
Native to this area of Mexico, a fabulous recipe for fresh fish (often grouper here and if you go to the right place, they have literally just pulled it out of the ocean....mmmmm).
So, there is a quick introduction to just a few of the dishes Mexico has to offer. I really haven't even scratched the surface, but I am hungry now and must go eat. Provecho! (Enjoy!)