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.

Tamales, Mexican street food

Gran Luchito's Authentic

Mexican Street Food
Recipes

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.

Click the button below to jump to all our Mexican street food recipes or read our blog to learn more about Mexican street food and see some scenes from the street markets.

Everything you need to make authentic Mexican street food at home!

Gran Luchito’s authentic Chipotle Paste is handmade in Mexico from a traditional recipe and adds delicious, smoky knockout flavour to your street food dishes.

Gran Luchito Soft Taco Wraps and Burrito Wraps are perfect for wrapping up your authentic street food fillings.

Top tacos, tostadas and quesadillas with our authentic, tender Sliced Green Cactus.

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Gran Luchito's Authentic

Mexican Street Food
DIshes

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 only now you can enjoy them at home!

Birria Tacos

Birria Tacos

Seriously indulgent tacos with slowly stewed beef and cheese..What’s not to love about beef tacos dipped into “Consomé” or meat juices? You'll want these again and again.... See full recipe

Pork Belly Tacos

Pork Belly Tacos

Tacos you will crave! What could be better than crispy and succulent pork belly tucked into tacos?! Lovingly cooked in beer and spices and coated in our divine Chipotle Paste.... See full recipe

Mexican Recipes, taco recipes, Mexican Chicken Recipes

Chicken Tacos

With flavourful grilled chicken, not only is this a healthy taco, but the authentic pico de gallo and homemade guacamole toppings make it taste super fresh. ... See full recipe

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla recipe uses Chipotle Mayo and is unbelievably moreish. Shredded roast chicken, melted cheese, Soft Taco Wraps with fresh Pico de Gallo and guacamole.... See full recipe

Vampiro Tacos

Vampiro Taco

Half Taco and half Quesadilla these easy to make Vampiro Taco recipe originates from Northern Mexico where they are traditionally stuffed with steak and cheese! ... See full recipe

Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos

We think you'd like to try these tlacoyos at home as the perfect appetizer alongside some refried beans and tomatillo salsa for the perfect Mexican snack! ... See full recipe

Tamales, Mexican street food

Tamales

Here is our special hot tamales recipe where we use our Chipotle Paste to cook the beef and make it into delicious and succulent meat, ready to go into the traditional tamales.... See full recipe

Prawn Quesadilla

Prawn Quesadilla

Calling all seafood lovers and Chipotle Paste fans, this toasty, gooey and delicious Prawn Quesadilla recipe is for you! Team it with our Hot Habanero and Mango Salsa!... See full recipe

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Authentic Puéblan Chicken Tinga in minutes! Use our Tinga Taco Simmer Sauce to create this classic taco dish at home for the family in no time. Tasty, hearty and delicious.... See full recipe

Sopes

Sopes

Sopes are thick masa shaped discs, pinched on the edges to form a vessel. They’re lightly fried and typically topped with refried beans, fresh cheese and salsa.... See full recipe

Tuna Tostadas

Tuna Tostadas

A crispy corn tostada is topped with smoky Chipotle Mayo, then a delicious fresh tuna ceviche marinated in lime and soy and topped with crispy leeks - an epic starter!... See full recipe

Corn Ribs with Macha Mayo

Corn Ribs with Macha Mayo

Having been inspired by this TikTok trend, how about some chipotle seasoned hot corn ribs dipped into a delicious homemade salsa macha mayo? We've got it covered.... See full recipe

Gorditas

Gorditas

Gorditas are one of those perfect quick Mexican recipes that you can have on the go and eat with your hands. Made of masa, ours are loaded with traditional beef picadillo.... See full recipe

Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Our delicious toasty, melty Sweet Potato Quesadilla is simply cooked with Chipotle Paste, Cantina Beans and a bit of butter. Dollop in salsa and you have a treat right there! ... See full recipe

BBQ Corn

BBQ Corn

A popular way of eating corn on the cob in Mexico is barbecued! Our BBQ Corn recipe is served with Chipotle Butter, a squeeze of lime juice, and freshly chopped coriander.... See full recipe

Pork Pibil Tacos

Pork Pibil Tacos

Fresh oregano and zesty orange fill this dish with some seriously beautiful flavour...The spices used also give a vibrant burnt orange colour to this dish.... See full recipe

Tacos Al Pastor, Taco Recipe

Tacos Al Pastor

Seriously flavourful pork shoulder with pineapple, jalapeños, coriander & fresh lime! The pork is grilled and served in Soft Taco Wraps, topped with Jalapeño & Pineapple.... See full recipe

Mexican Corn

Mexican Corn (Esquites)

This tasty Mexican corn salad recipe is plucked straight from the streets of Mexico City. We love the sauce made with parmesan, lime juice, Chipotle Mayo and coriander.... See full recipe

Pulled Pork Quesadilla

Pulled Pork Quesadilla

Quesadillas don’t get much better than this! Our Pulled Pork Quesadilla is full of beautiful smoky pulled pork with caramelised red onions, corn & oodles of melted cheese.... See full recipe

Beef Quesadilla

Beef Quesadilla

Looking for the best cheesy beef quesadilla recipe? Our beef quesadilla has tender chuck steak AND brisket slow cooked in ale and Chipotle Paste which makes an epic filling.... See full recipe

finished dish

Chorizo Quesadilla

Our Brussel Sprout and Chorizo Quesadilla with crispy chorizo is so delicious that it can transform even the biggest sprout hater! Perfect for a snack or starter.... See full recipe

Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos

Crispy, chipotle and beer battered fish with crunchy veg, fresh lime and chilli mayo - a Mexican beach holiday in a taco! A delicious combination of flavours and textures.... See full recipe

Torta

Torta

A torta is not just any Mexican sandwich! Layers of flavours are put together to create the ultimate sandwich. Our tasty chorizo sandwich will be your new lunchtime favourite!... See full recipe

Smoky Chicken Tostadas

Smoky Chicken Tostadas

Loading up our large quarter cut tortilla chips with cheese, smoky chicken and Chipotle Salsa makes an irresistible snack in this Smoky Chicken Tostadas recipe. ... See full recipe

Cheese Quesadilla

Cheese Quesadilla

Quesadillas are super easy to make and in this recipe, the humble Cheese Quesadilla gets taken up an authentic notch with the addition of Sliced Mexican Green Cactus.... See full recipe

Mushroom Quesadilla, Quick & Easy Mexican, Mexican Street Food

Mushroom Quesadilla

A delicious, meat free and crispy yet oozing with cheese quesadilla filled with flavourful and meaty mushrooms. A very easy and quick to make snack or meal.... See full recipe

Baked Mexican Elotes, Mexican street food

Elotes

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

Gran Luchito's Authentic

Mexican Street
Food Blog

Here in our blog we delve deeper into those quintessential Mexican street food dishes you will find in the bustling markets.

Tacos, tamales, tostadas and more, these are the plates you are most likely to see people tuck into and wait in long queues for, but we promise it will be totally worth it! And if you can’t make it to Mexico, we hope you are inspired to try one of our Mexican Street Food Recipes at home.

Is Street Food Safe?

One of the warnings you often receive when you visit a new country is to avoid street food to prevent food poisoning. While this is generally wise advice, it doesn’t apply to Mexico where the best authentic local cuisine can only be tasted on the street.

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.

Just make sure you make a smart choice. Normally the best street-food places are those that always have a crowd patiently queuing. Then you know it’s good and, equally important, safe.

But without further ado, here is a list of the most typical Mexican street food.


Tacos

First on our list of Mexican street food, considered the most iconic of Mexican cuisine and certainly the most consumed food in Mexico. Tacos are simple to make, cheap and quick to get. Most of all, in every corner of every city you will most probably find a taco place.

Tacos can be made with either corn or flour tortilla, topped with finely cut meat chunks, and sprinkled with avocado and onion. Of course a good dose of chilli sauce, a very spicy sauce, makes it authentically Mexican.  


Tamales

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 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.

Tamales
Tamales


Quesadillas

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.

finished dish
Easy Quesadilla Recipe


Tortas

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 and Sopes

Pictured here are Gorditas which are being cooked on the comal which is a flat, smooth griddle at a Mexican street food market.

Gorditas and Sopes 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.

Gorditas


Mexican Corn

Elotes:

Corn served on the cob, either boiled or grilled, and drizzled with mayonnaise, salt and grated cheese.

Esquites:

With Esquites, or as we like to call it Mexican Corn, 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 and a delicious side for just about any Mexican main or BBQ.


Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos are made with the same masa dough used to make corn tortillas. They are rolled into a tortilla-like shape, filled with refried beans and then the sides are folded up into a vessel like shape. They are then heated on the comal and topped with some salad and salsa.

Tlacoyos


Chicharron

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. We like seasoning the pork skin with Smoky Chipotle Fajita and Taco Mix and then dipping into a pot of our Mango Habañero Salsa to get our fix when at home!

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Tostadas

A delicious, crunchy salted corn tortilla topped with different ingredients. You will find tostadas with seafood or different kinds of meat mixed with salad. Our Tuna Tostada recipe is absolute heaven!

Tuna Tostadas
Tuna Tostadas


Chips

These look like just regular crisps, but the bags are open on the side and topped with hot jalapeño sauce. Eaten as a snack – yum!

Churros

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 and Juices

Finally up on our list of Mexican Street Food are the drinks. You’ll find delicious fruit drinks including Frutas, Agua Frescas and Licuados.

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Gran Luchito's Authentic

Mexican Street
Food FAQs

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.