Some of the best food in Mexico is found on the streets! There’s nothing quite like visiting a Mexican street food market – ahh the sights, smells and sounds! These Mexican street food dishes are inspired by our travels from Oaxaca to Mexico City.
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Mexican Street Food
Tacos may be the most popular and well known Mexican street food dish, but there are many more to try! Here you will find a few of our favourite and most popular including Mexican Street Corn also known as Elotes, an oozy and delicious Mushroom Quesadilla and Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos garnished simply with coriander, onion and lime.
Be it at stalls, small trucks, improvised tables under umbrellas, on a cart, a bicycle, or on the window of a private home, you haven’t experienced real Mexican cuisine until you try the local street food. Here’s our collection of Mexican Street Food Recipes inspired by the street!
One of the very best street snacks you’ll find in Mexico! Our delicious Elotes are smothered in creamy chipotle mayo, lime juice, fresh coriander and crumbly cheese.... See full recipe
Street Food DIshes
Here we delve deeper into those quintessential Mexican street food dishes. Tacos, tamales, tostadas and more, these are the plates you are most likely to see people tuck into and wait in long queues for.
There is no doubt that street tacos are the most popular and quintessential food you will find at a Mexican street market no matter where you are in Mexico. Tacos are simple to make, cheap and quick to get. Most of all, in just about every corner of every city you will find a taco place.
Tacos can be made with either corn or flour tortillas, and often are topped with finely cut meat chunks, and sprinkled with avocado and onion. Of course a good dose of spicy chilli sauce which makes it authentically Mexican.
Here are a few of our favourite authentic taco fillings we’ve sampled at the street food markets:
Next on our list of Mexican street food is Quesadillas. The typical quesadilla is a flour tortilla folded into a sort of a pocket containing melted cheese and different kinds of vegetables, especially mushrooms or squash blossoms. In some regions, you can also find them deep-fried and topped with guacamole, bean paste, or a spicy tomato sauce, and shredded fresh cheese.
Our favourite quesadilla recipes include a classic cheese, prawn and beef versions.
You will also find Sincronizadas which are like quesadillas, but instead of folding the tortilla you have another tortilla on top with ingredients squeezed between the two. The ingredients are more or less the same as the quesadillas but vary between regions.
Tamales are a typical Mexican breakfast. Although you find them in many other Latin American countries, we think the Mexican ones are the best version. A tamale has corn masa dough wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and stuffed with different kinds of meat or cheese, mole or rajas (strips of chile poblano along with some tomato and onion). Every region has its typical variation but everywhere Mexicans enjoy it either for breakfast or as a treat during the day.
Our favourite tamales recipe is tamal de rojo made with tender shredded beef.
Tostadas and Tlayudas
Tostadas are a delicious, crunchy salted corn tortilla topped with different ingredients. You will find tostadas with seafood or different kinds of meat mixed with salad, cactus and avocado. We think our Tuna Tostada recipe with crispy leeks is absolute heaven!
In Oaxaca you will find Tlayudas which are huge crispy fried tostadas, spread with a layer of mole sauce and topped with meat of your choice, Oaxaca fresh cheese and salad.
Mexican Street Corn
Some of the longest queues at the Mexican street market are for corn dishes.
With Esquites the kernels have been removed from the cob and served in a cup. Served with mayonnaise, cheese and salt. Definitely easier to eat if you are walking.
Elotes are corn served on the cob, either boiled or grilled, and drizzled with mayonnaise, salt and grated cheese.
Tortas are generally huge sandwiches made with bun bread and filled with all sorts of stuffing including meat, cheese, avocado, salad, tomatoes. The most typical are the overly stuffed Chemita in Puebla and the juicy Torta Ahogada in Guadalajara, which is a sandwich dipped in hot tomato sauce.
Beware that if you ask for a sandwich in Mexico, you won’t get a “Torta” , because a sandwich is made with sliced bread only, not with a bun.
Gorditas & Sopes
These are the same things just with different names. A thick fat tortilla, fried or grilled, cut in two and stuffed with different kinds of “guisado” (delicious stewed meat or vegetables).
Made with either yellow or purple corn which gives a different colour to the tortilla.
Ultra-crispy fried pork skin chunks sold in markets or in carts on the street. Very common everywhere in Mexico and eaten as snacks always with a delicious, spicy jalapeño sauce.
A typical sweet treat made of deep-fried sweet dough in a cylindrical shape and sprinkled with sugar. Served with different sauces the most common being chocolate or dulce de leche.
Licuados, Agua Frescas & Juices
Finally up on our list of Mexican Street Food are the drinks. You’ll find Licuados – a sweet rich drink made with fruit and milk. You can ask for the lighter version with water as a substitute for milk.
You will also find delicious agua frescas which are refreshing drinks made with sweetened fruit juice and a squeeze of lime and our favourite has to be the watermelon one! You will also all sorts of fresh-squeezed juices on the street. The most common breakfast drink is normally orange or grapefruit juice or mixed with carrots, pineapple, and/or apple.
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Here are our most frequently asked questions about Mexican street food recipes. To learn more about making Mexican street food dishes at home, be sure to check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.
What's the most popular Mexican street food dish?
Tacos are definitely the favourite and what makes them exciting is that there are so many different varieties to sample depending on what region you are in.
What are antojitos?
Antojitos quite literally translated means street food in Mexico.
What's the most common ingredient in street food?
Tortillas are the everyday bread of Mexico and form the basis for many street food dishes you will find.
How do you know what's the best Mexican street food?
Look for the stalls with the longest queues - this will be indicative of the most popular stalls.