List of Mexican dishes

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Tacos made with carnitas filling
Mexican street food in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico

The following is a list of dishes found in the Mexican cuisine. Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The basic staples remain native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meat from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and lots of spices.


Cemita with milanesa
Preparation of huaraches

Street food in Mexico, called antojitos (literally "little cravings"), is prepared by street vendors and at small traditional markets in Mexico. Most of them include corn as an ingredient.

Cochinita pibil is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península of Mayan origin
Mole poblano

Cheese dishes[edit]

Egg dishes[edit]

Meat dishes[edit]

Beef dishes[edit]

Goat dishes[edit]

Pork dishes[edit]

Poultry dishes[edit]

pollo loco

Other protein dishes[edit]

  • Ancas de Rana al Mojo de Ajo
  • Barbacoa
  • Birria – a spicy stew from the state of Jalisco traditionally made from goat meat or mutton
  • Chapulines – toasted grasshoppers seasoned with salt and lime.
  • Queso de Puerco, head cheese prepared with vinegar, garlic, oregano and black pepper, among others. Wheels are often sold covered in paraffin wax. Non dairy.

Moles, sauces, dips and spreads[edit]

Rice dishes[edit]

  • Arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp)
  • Arroz con huevo (rice with eggs)
  • Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken)
  • Arroz amarillo (yellow rice)
  • Arroz con lima (rice with lemon)
  • Arroz rojo (red rice)
  • Arroz verde (green rice)
  • Arroz con leche

Seafood dishes[edit]

Soups and stews[edit]

Vegetable dishes[edit]

Ensalada de nopales


Desserts and sweets[edit]

Close up shot of a bionico with strawberries, banana, raisins, shredded coconut and granola

Mexico's candy and bakery sweets industry, centered in Michoacán and Mexico City, produces a wide array of products.

Homemade flan
  • Flan
  • Fresas con crema
  • Gelatina
  • Glorias
  • Gorditas de azucar
  • Ice cream ("nieves" and "helados"). Pancho Villa was noted as a devotee of ice cream. The Mexican ice cream industry is centered in the state of Michoacán; most ice cream stands in Mexico are dubbed La Michoacana as a tribute to Michoacán's acknowledged leadership in the production of this product.
  • Jamoncillos
  • Jarritos (spicy tamarindo candy in a tiny pot), as well as a brand of soda
  • Leche Quemada
  • Macarrones de dulce de leche
  • Mazapán de Cacahuate
  • Obleas
  • Paletas, popsicles (or ice lollies), the street popsicle vendor is a noted fixture of Mexico's urban landscape.
  • Pan de Acambaro (Acambaro bread), named for its town of origin, Acambaro, Guanajuato. Very similar to Jewish Challah bread, which may have inspired its creation.
A piece of sugary pan de muerto

Drinks and coffee[edit]

Hot bowl of champurrado as served at a Mexican breakfast
Tequilas of various styles

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Menu in Progress: Anatomy of an Oaxacan Carniceria.". Retrieved 2008-04-2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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