Eating in Mexico

Overview Dishes and Drinks
  • Tacos: stuffed maize or tortillas with meat
  • Cooked or fried beans
  • Varied, often hot sauces
  • Tequila in a cocktail or as a shot
  • Mexican hot chocolate or coffee

Dishes and Meals

A very basic list of typical Mexican food, mentioning just a few of the many dishes available:

  • TACOS: this is usually a bit confusing for most - the generalized idea is that a taco is made using a hard, u-shaped corn shell filled with seasoned minced meat, lettuce and tomatoes, grated cheese and some sour cream. However this is not the case. Rather, truly authentic tacos use the soft corn tortillas and are stuffed with either meat, chicken or seafood fillings.
  • TORTILLAS: made of wheat flour or maize (corn flour), these traditional flat savory pancakes formed the staple food of Mexican people for centuries. They are used in a host of different dishes such as enchiladas or quesadillas and are often served instead of bread.
  • FRIJOLES: Mexican for beans, this was and still is a primary source of protein in the Mexican diet. Used both as main ingredients and as garnishes to other dishes, beans can be boiled or fried.
  • GUACAMOLE: An avocado garnish or dip made with mashed avocado, onion, coriander and chilies.
  • ENCHILADAS: Made with tortillas, enchiladas are basically folded or rolled tortillas stuffed with chicken, pork or vegetables and then baked.
  • QUESADILLAS: Folded tortillas stuffed with cheese and then grilled.
  • SALSA: Spanish for sauce, this is a salsa made generally with tomatoes, onion, chili and cilantro.

Mexican Drinks

  • TEQUILA: Mexico’s national drink, most people drink this spirit in the form of a margarita or as tequila shots. A margarita is mixed with lime juice in a salt-rimmed glass. This strong, transparent alcoholic drink is derived from a spiky bush known as the maguey plant. A less processed version of tequila is mezcal. This drink is traditionally served with a worm – which is eaten when the bottle of mezcal is finished.
  • CHOCOLATE: The cocoa bean was grown and harvested in Central America long before the American continent was discovered in 1492. The native indigenous people of Mexico were the first to make the earliest form of chocolate using the Xocolatl beans, which were very valuable and even used as currency for trading purposes.
  • CAFÉ DE OLLA – COFFEE FROM THE POT: Coffee “a la mexicana”, this coffee literally comes from the pot, where it simmers all day long, mixed together with cinnamon and cloves and forms a strong, syrupy sweet coffee drink.

By taking a Spanish Course with us you will get the chance to try out the local cuisine in Playa del Carmen, the Mexican city our Spanish Language School is found in.