21 mouthwatering photos of authentic Mexican food

Tacos De Cabeza

In honour of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve put together a collection of authentic Mexican dishes that look as good as they taste.

From chilli-dipped popsicles to poblano peppers stuffed with oozing cheese, these dishes will leave you with a serious craving for Mexican food.

Luckily, we’ve included recipes so you can make these tasty treats at home.

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title=”Typically made in Puebla, Chiles en Nogada is a dish that’s comprised of poblano peppers stuffed with shredded meat and spices that are then dipped in egg batter, fried, and topped with a walnut-cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.”
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title=”Croquetas De Atún are a common household dish in Mexico. Canned tuna is mixed with chopped chilli peppers and egg, stuffed into mashed potatoes, covered in bread crumbs, and fried to perfection.”
content=”Learn more about Croquetas De Atún.”
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title=”Elote (corn on the cob) is a common street food served both on a stick and in cups. The corn is boiled before being smothered in a delicious blend of salt, lime, chilli powder, butter, cheese, and sour cream.”
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title=”Sold across panaderias (bakeries) in Mexico, Galletas De Grajea are butter cookies covered in a playful coat of rainbow sprinkles.”
content=”Learn more about Galletas De Grajea.”
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title=”Pozole is a soup made from a large white corn called hominy, oregano, and chilli. It’s typically served with lettuce, radishes, onion, limes and chilli and comes in chicken, pork, and vegetarian variations.”
content=”Learn more about Pozole.”
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title=”Cochinita pibil is a pork dish marinated in a citrus orange juice and coloured with annatto seeds before being covered in banana leaves and cooked in a pit. The unique process creates incredibly tender pork.”
content=”Learn more about Cochinita pibil.
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title=”Limones Rellenos de Coco is a dessert that’s made of limes that are boiled and candied in sugar before being stuffed with candied coconut. It’s said to have been one of Frida Kalo’s favourite treats.”
content=”Learn more about Limones Rellenos de Coco.”
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title=”Mole poblano is the iconic dish of Mexico’s culinary center, Puebla. It consists of chicken that is smothered in an incredibly complex sauce that’s made with over a dozen ingredients, including chillis and chocolate.”
content=”Learn more about Mole Poblano.”
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title=”Sopa Azteca (tortilla soup) is a soup with a rich tomato base of pasilla chiles, crunchy corn tortillas, and oozing cheese. In Mexico, toasted chile pods are sometimes crushed over the top to give it an extra kick.”
content=”Learn more about Sopa Azteca.”
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title=”Gaznates offer a light and airy dessert. The thin waffle cones are filled with a dollop of a creamy merengue custard.”
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title=”Gorditas are mini-cakes that are stuffed with pork and chicken stews, eggs with chorizo sausage, beans, sauted strips of chile, or potatoes. You can find both baked and fried versions.”
content=”Learn more about gorditas.
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title=”Considered an iconic dish of the state of Oaxaca, Tlayuda is a large, thin, partially-fried tortilla covered in refried beans, asiento (unrefined pork lard), lettuce, avocado, shredded meat, Oaxaca cheese and salsa.”
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title=”A cemita is a type of sandwich from Puebla. It’s usually made with beef milanese (thinly pounded and deep-fried beef), cueritos (pork rinds), queso de pierce (pork head cheese), or carnitas (stewed pork) stuffed into a brioche-style bread roll.”
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title=”Corn tortillas are quartered, lightly fried, and cooked in either green, red, or mole salsa to make chilaquiles. Sometimes, the dish includes a poached egg on the side, but adding queso fresco and cream on top makes it out-of-this-world delicious.”
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title=”Tostadas are toasted corn tortillas commonly covered with ceviche made from fish, carrots, onion and lime. They pack a fresh, citrus-filled bite with a whole lot of crunch.”
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title=”Horchata is a creamy cinnamon-flavored drink made of either rice or almonds and served chilled. While some recipes make horchata with milk, the traditional Mexican recipe is dairy-free.”
content=”Learn more about horchata.”
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title=”Tacos de Cabeza are tacos made from the head of a cow. The head is steamed overnight and then meat is shredded and stirred with its broth. Customers can choose from from options like the sesos (brains), the ore (ear meat) and the lengua (tongue).”
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title=”Sweet potatoes are glazed in a rich syrup spiced with anise and cinnamon to make Camotes en Almíbar.”
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Camotes en Almíbar.”
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title=”Paletas are Mexican popsicles made from fruits, chilly powder, salt, and lime. They come in a wide variety of unconventional flavours including mango chilli, cucumber lime, and cinnamon rice pudding.”
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title=”Dating back to the time of the Aztecs, guacamole is one of Mexico’s most well-known dishes. The mixture of mashed avocados, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, and chilli peppers always makes for a great combination with chips.”
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title=”Baja-style fish tacos are made of fresh fish that’s dipped in batter and fried, and usually topped with crunchy cabbage and veggies.”
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