Eating in Mexico

eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019 · 5 min read

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I'm finally getting around to doing a food post from Mexico, two weeks after I got back home. I got a ton of questions like "is the food good" and "have you eaten a lot of tacos", and now as I'm hungry at home, I decided it's time to talk about the foods I had the pleasure of devouring in Mexico.

"I'm surprised you haven't gotten a food poisoning, you've already been here three days! All Europeans get sick when they visit Mexico."
-@Anomadsoul

People, myself included, are often concerned about getting food poisoning when travelling, especially outside of western countries. In Finland, I can pretty much eat from the floor without getting sick, but flying half across the world, the bacterias are different from what my stomach is possibly used to. I was a bit concerned of course, because it would suck getting sick, but I didn't even take any probiotics as a means of protecting my stomach.

There are a lot of tips and warnings on the internet regarding food safety in Mexico and in general when travelling, some quite ridiculous, but other than not drinking the water from the tab, or eating from the small food stalls on the street, I didn't avoid anything. I ate meat from the buffet, salad, pre-cut fruits, drank soda from the can, and had ice in my cocktails, and I was fine the whole three week trip.

Unsurprisingly, the food in Mexico is amazing, and compared to Finland, dirt cheap! You don't have to go looking for a place to eat for too long, there are restaurants everywhere and every single one I tried, had great food. I tried to pick traditional foods and what Mexicans actually eat for this post, and not confuse real Mexican food with the Tex Mex type that is so often served in Western countries.

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Tacos, tostadas and quesadillas. And more tacos!



Some variety of tortilla, topped or filled with meat and a few secondary ingredients like cheese and onions, drench in lime juice and season with spicy salsa, that is what all of these are, and they are delicious. I love tacos because you can pick and choose different fillings and easily snack on three different ones for your meal. The combination of meat, lime juice, cilantro, onion and spicy salsa is fresh and tasty. One noteworthy food to mention, which I don't have a picture of, was a quesadilla filled with cheese and cactus, which I stole from @zlatan-spielberg's plate on my last day. It was really interesting, pretty mild, kinda had the look and texture of a green bell pepper.

If you want a whole meal out of tacos/quesadillas, you eat them with rice, beans and a salad, but I often opted to just eat a ton of tacos by themselves. I ate tacos almost every day in Mexico, and never grew tired of them.

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There is a great variety of different kinds of tacos made with pork, beef and chicken, but I think my favourite was tacos al pastor, the preparation showed in the two pictures above. The pork meat is seasoned, stacked on a skewer and cooked on a vertical rotisserie. As the meet cooks from the outside, it's shaved off and served. On every place I had it, it was very fresh because you could see one person cutting the meat non stop as it rotates and orders flying out at a rapid pace.

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Mole Poblano



Chiles, aniseed, peppercorns, cinnamon, clove, thyme, ten other spices, chicken stock, and dark chocolate. Mole poblano is one the most known foods in Mexico, an ancient dish, and it originates from Puebla. It's a dark, rich sauce, often served with chicken and rice, and surprisingly, doesn't much taste of chocolate. The huge variety of spices gives it a very interesting and complex taste, quite christmassy in my opinion because of spices like cinnamon and clove.

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Miscellaneous



While most of my meals in Mexico consisted of some sort of tacos, I had other food too. The dish above, which name I can't remember, was the only one I didn't like in Mexico. It had a tortilla underneath, topped with some sort of tomato salsa and fried eggs, the whole thing was just a soggy mess that I did not enjoy.

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Chilaquiles



That is the dish in the middle, consisting of tortilla chips, red sauce and pulled chicken, topped with cheese and crema. The dish in front of me is just eggs, ham, rice and beans, which for my knowledge, is a pretty typical breakfast for Mexicans.

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Caldo tlalpeño



Say that three times fast, or try to even say it right once. Caldo tlalpeño is a traditional Mexican soup that is made with spicy chicken broth and has chicken, avocado, cheese cubes, veggies and tortilla chips. I'm sure it varies depending on where in Mexico you are, but where ever it is, I highly recommend tasting it. I really like soup but I was surprised that I liked having tortilla chips in it, but I think that was because they were pretty thick and I ate fast.

I once answered the phone by saying "I'll call you back once I've eaten my cereal, I don't want them to get soggy in the milk."

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Where in western world restaurant tables often have ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper, Mexican ones have limes, variety of spicy salsas and sometimes pico de gallo and guacamole. I definitely prefer the Mexican variety of condiments for seasoning my food. I like having the option to mix and match and season a plate full of tacos differently. It's also great that the dishes itself are not super spicy, and you can add hotness to your food by your own preference with the salsa.

Food is something I'm probably gonna miss the most from Mexico, along with the weather in Yucatan peninsula.

I hope you are now craving Mexican food as much as I am!


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tacotaxi
Tacotaxi @tacotaxiJanuary 2019

Food poisioning in Mexico because of tasty tacos? No way!
You can eat whatever you want, as long as there is enough habanero on it xD


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

While there are some foods that kill bacteria, I don’t think habanero is one ;)


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tacotaxi
Tacotaxi @tacotaxiJanuary 2019

This study says, that if your food is even hotter than you are, then it's done right #habanero
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280610134_Antibacterial_Activity_of_Habanero_Chili_Sauces_against_Selected_Pathogenic_Bacteria


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I veggie but dam that looks good 💯🐒


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

I eat mainly veggies too, but didn't want to miss out on any great foods while travelling :)


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I don't blame you! I'd be tempted don't think I would but i'm salivating at the picture never mind being there with the smell dam enjoy for me 💯🐒


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Great post!! I just spent 4 months living in and travelling Mexico before heading to South America for 8 months! The food in Mexico is AMAZING. TACOS 4 LIFE


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rossfletcher
Ross @rossfletcherJanuary 2019

It worked! I'm dying for all that food now.


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I wanna eat now.


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

You always wanna eat, nothing new there 😂


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If you want to taste the best Mexican food , you should try a visit to Puebla (;


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

I was there for three days :)


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I believe that the reason people in Europe being sick with food from the countries of Central and South America is not due to poor preparation or lack of hygiene, but to the amount of strong spices we put in our food.
Brazilians love differente spices which Europeans don't even know, since much of them are from Amazonian forest.

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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

You do know that these days you can pretty much get any incredient anywhere in the world? We have all the same spices in the big supermarkets in here too, imported from all over the world. Yes some people are not used to spicy food, but that is a differen thing. Food poisoning is the result of bad hygiene and contaminated food.

Ps. Went to culinary school and we studied a lot about safe food preparation, handling and storing.


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I know that today we can have all the spices of the world in the supermarket, but the cuisine of Central and South America are much stronger spices, at least that's what several European friends told me when they tried Mexican and Brazilian foods.
Food poisoning is actually caused by lack of hygiene, but as I said, a good part of the Europeans who saw it go bad were actually due to not being accustomed to such temperate food, but obviously there are those who had food poisoning due to preparation problems .


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libert
libert @libertJanuary 2019

What is that thing guy is cutting in 5th image?


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

Pastor.


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libert
libert @libertJanuary 2019

Oh I should have read better.


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adetorrent
Adé @adetorrentJanuary 2019

Yum yum yum 😭


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredJanuary 2019

Nom nom nom.


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alexv91
alexv91 @alexv91January 2019

Looks so delicious


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