What Is the Best Mexican Food, Besides Tacos?


Mexican food is a synonym for tacos. And this is no stereotype; Mexican people will eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tacos are what you eat any day of the week, but they’re also present in every celebration. Tacos are the most meaningful Mexican dish, but it’s not the only one.

Here is the best Mexican food besides tacos. See if you’ve tried the specialties below. If not, they’re an excellent opportunity to learn more about Mexican food. Mexican food is fun — and it’s more varied than you think!

1. Enchiladas

Enchiladas are not all that different from tacos, but they’re still a different dish. Let’s just say enchiladas are saucy tacos.

To make enchiladas, you need corn tortillas, Mexico’s staple carbohydrate. The fresher, the better. You can then fill the tortillas with everything, from scrambled eggs to shredded chicken and place them tucked in a baking tray.

There are no enchiladas without salsa, and here’s where things get interesting. There are several types of sauces for enchiladas, and they all give the dish a distinct personality. Bake the enchiladas, and top them with sour cream, cheese, chopped onion and cilantro. That’s it!

2. Tamales

Tamales are a traditional dish that goes back to the Aztecs. Corn has always been essential in the Mexican kitchen, and people have always used it to make flour and, subsequently, dough, or masa. This very same corn masa is the one people use to make tortillas, but the masa itself can become many other dishes.

Tamales are masa dumplings, often filled with pulled pork or shredded chicken and bathed with red or green salsa. Wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed until fully cooked, these fist-sized corn dumplings are everyone’s favorite breakfast and late evening snack.

3. Pozole

Pozole also goes back to the Aztecs and other ancient Mexican civilizations. This is the heartiest stew in the country, and although it can be based on chicken or pork broth and contain shredded meat, the main ingredient in pozole is hominy.

Hominy is a large maize kernel that is soft and starchy — it gives life to every pot of pozole. Of course, making the broth is a lengthy process, so the dish is reserved for special occasions. The best thing about the dish, though, is the toppings. Top your bowl with radishes, tortilla chips, onion, oregano and shredded lettuce for the best experience.

4. Mole

Mole is a sauce family comprising many types of complex preparations. In fact, some moles are the most complex sauces on earth, often containing up to 100 ingredients, including nuts, seeds, hot peppers, chocolate, dried fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

The most popular mole is the Poblano, which is especially heavy on chocolate. Interestingly, mole has nothing to do with sweets, as it is served over chicken or turkey on special occasions. Mole is a life-changing experience, and no other sauce on the planet is as complex. Have you ever tried savory food with chocolate?