Defining 8 Common Mexican Dishes

Mexican cuisine is full of delicious savory dishes with ingredients that nearly everyone loves! It is often enjoyed by vegetarians, vegans, and people with dietary restrictions, as well as everyone else, due to it’s versatility. There are quite a few common Mexican dishes, which we’d like to define so that you know what to expect when your order arrives!

Burrito: A large tortilla (usually wheat flour) is wrapped around a savory filling of beans, cheese, and some kind of meat to create a burrito. After wrapping, the burrito is typically grilled or steamed to serve it up hot with beans and rice and other toppings. This is more of a Tex-Mex dish when made with rice inside, whereas in Mexico, burritos are commonly stuffed with meat and refried beans alone.

Enchilada: When we wrap a corn tortilla around a filling of meat, cheese, beans and/or vegetables and smother it with a chili pepper sauce, this is an enchilada! This dish originated in Mexico as a tasty street food. It’s name is from the Spanish word enchilar, which translates “to add chili pepper to”.

Fajita: Tex-Mex at it’s best! Fajitas are grilled meat and veggies, which are usually served in the pan so that the recipient can create their own tacos to-taste using flour or corn tortillas topped with the fajita meat, veggies, and condiments.

Quesadilla: This dish originated in colonial Mexico, and today involves a wheat or corn tortilla that is filled with cheese, sauces and/or vegetables, then folded in half and grilled. Meat can be added as well, and the cheesy dish is often served with popular Mexican condiments such as pico de gallo and guacamole.

Taco: Probably one of the most popular Mexican dishes, the taco is a much-beloved dish across North and South America. Traditionally, it is a small wheat or corn tortilla with a meat and/or vegetable filling topped with salsa, cilantro, cheese and other garnishes. It’s a tasty finger-food!

Tamale: Tamales have been enjoyed since the days of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, as far back as 8000 B.C. It is made from a starchy corn-based dough that is filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, chilies and other ingredients, wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf, and steamed.

Torta: A torta could be several different dishes, depending on the meaning.’Torta’ is used as a descriptive word for flatbread, sweet cake, and a kind of Mexican sandwich. In our case, the Mexicano Torta is served like a Cuban sandwich, with carne asada grilled steak, refried beans, avocado, lettuce, panela cheese and tomato on a torta roll.

Tostada: The tostada is a variant of the torta, but is most commonly known as a dish made from a fried wheat or corn tortilla topped with beans and/or meat and vegetables, with a savory sauce. It’s kind of a Mexican pizza!

Getting hungry yet? Check out our menu for more mouth-watering Mexican dishes!

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