Discover our collection of traditional Mexican starters, mains and side dishes. Featuring authentic Mexican recipes with humble, fresh ingredients and flavours. These traditional Mexican recipes have been personally selected by Gran Luchito’s chef, Susy, as iconic celebratory and hard-working everyday dishes you will find in kitchens all over Mexico.
GRAN LUCHITO's FAVOURITE
Our traditional Mexican recipes are the authentic dishes you will find bubbling away in the kitchens of Mexican homes. They are steeped in history, full of fresh ingredients and lots of flavour. There are some recipes that take centre stage at special occasions and others that are perfect for the everyday. Here are a few of our favourites we make time and time again!
In Mexico, starters are called antojitos and they are often the highlight of the meal because they bring everyone together at the table to catch up, connect and tuck in! These appetisers are an excellent way to sample the rich and varied flavours Mexican cuisine has to offer. Traditional Mexican starters, such as guacamole and tamales, serve as an excellent introduction to the vast variety of dishes that comprise this vibrant cuisine. Not only are these starters delicious, but they also exhibit the use of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and the distinctive cultural heritage of Mexico.
Shrimp tostadas are a mouth-watering Mexican dish that is sure to transport your taste buds to the sunny beaches of Mexico. These crispy tortillas are piled high with plump and juicy shrimp, fresh veggies, and zesty salsa, creating a delicious flavor explosion in every bite. ... See full recipe
Tacos al Carbon are a popular Mexican dish consisting of grilled and thinly sliced marinated meat, typically served with warm tortillas and a variety of flavourful toppings. The smoky and charred flavours from the grill give these tacos a distinct and delicious taste that keeps people coming back for more.... See full recipe
Vegan pozole is a traditional Mexican soup crafted without animal products, replacing pork with ingredients like hominy, vegetables, and flavourful spices. It offers a rich, hearty taste, complemented by the essence of herbs and chilli peppers.... See full recipe
Albondigas Soup is a traditional Mexican dish that features savoury meatballs (albondigas) made from a mixture of ground meat, rice, herbs, and spices. These flavourful meatballs are simmered in a broth alongside vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and zucchini.... See full recipe
Chicharrón en verde is a popular Mexican dish known for its rich and flavourful preparation. This dish consists of tender pork cracklings (chicharrón) simmered in a vibrant green sauce made from tomatillos, green chili peppers, and aromatic herbs and spices. ... See full recipe
Camarones a la diabla is a popular Mexican dish that translates to "deviled shrimp" in English. It is a spicy and flavorful preparation of shrimp that is often enjoyed as a main course or served as a filling for tacos, burritos, or tostadas.... See full recipe
Caldo Tlalpeño is a hearty Mexican soup made with a chicken and tomato based broth, shredded chicken, vegetables and rice. It's seriously nourishing and satisfying, perfect for the cold!... See full recipe
Mexican cuisine is renowned for its variety of ingredients. From fiery chilies to fragrant herbs and tender meats, traditional Mexican main dishes offer a unique culinary experience that has captivated foodies worldwide. Tacos, enchiladas, mole, and pozole are some of the most iconic Mexican dishes, all of which are profoundly rooted in the country’s rich cultural history and culinary traditions. Whether the showstopper recipe for a special occasion or a midweek meal hero, here are some of the traditional Mexican main dishes you will find cooking in the home kitchens of Mexico. Whether you are a seasoned fan of Mexican cuisine or a novice seeking to broaden your culinary horizons, the world of traditional Mexican main dishes is certain to delight and inspire you.
Mole is one of the most important dishes in Mexican gastronomy. Here is our traditional mole recipe, prepared in a simple way so that everyone can prepare it at home.... See full recipe
Traditional Mexican side dishes range from fresh salsas and tangy ceviche to substantial rice and bean dishes. They are an integral part of the country’s rich culinary heritage. Reflecting the close relationship between Mexican cuisine and the country’s diverse landscapes and cultures, these side dishes are frequently prepared with locally derived, seasonal ingredients. A side of classic Mexican red rice, a bowl of refried beans, crispy pork Chicharron, Mexican side dishes are perfect for turning a Mexican meal into a delicious feast!
Calabacitas is a mouthwatering Mexican dish that celebrates the vibrant flavours of Mexico. This savoury side dish features tender sweet corn, and often other vegetables like peppers and tomatoes, sautéed with fragrant garlic and onions. ... See full recipe
This irresistible, bubbling warm cheese dip with crispy chorizo is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips or tortilla wraps, a delicious snack or starter for you and the family to enjoy!... See full recipe
Arroz Primavera is a perfect easy side dish for midweek meals. The classic recipe has fluffy white rice and spring vegetables, but we added our Guajillo Fajita and Taco Mix!... See full recipe
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Do you have some questions regarding traditional Mexican dishes? We’ve put together some FAQ answers below. If you want to learn even more be sure to check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.
What are traditional Mexican dishes?
Mexican cuisine varies greatly by region but we think some of the greats include mole, elotes (Mexican corn on the cob), enchiladas, tacos (our favourites are Al Pastor and Baja), breakfast dishes such as chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, and no list would be complete without guacamole!
What is Mexico's national dish?
Mole (pronounced mōh-lāy) is officially the national dish of Mexico. Like most Mexican cuisine, mole varies quite a bit by region but the common elements include a fruit, chillies, nuts and spices.
Are enchiladas considered authentic Mexican food?
Yes, enchiladas originate from Mexico where the practice of rolling tortillas around various fillings dates back to the Mayan times. In their original form as street food you would find them as corn tortillas dipped in a red chilli sauce. In Spanish, the word Enchilar, a derivative of enchilada, means to season with chilli peppers. Now there are many different variations of enchiladas which reflect the influence different cultures have had on Mexican cuisine.
Is traditional Mexican food healthy?
Many of the traditional Mexican dishes which use lard, fattier cuts of meat, and cheese are not considered healthy, but Mexican food is diversifying and innovating. You will find many dishes that are more healthy - corn and wheat tortillas are naturally lower in fat so tacos can be a great option as are grilled meats. Mexican dishes also often have lots of interesting veggies and flavourings.
What do Mexicans eat on special occasions?
Food lies at the heart of Mexican culture so it's no surprise there are lots of dishes eaten on the various holidays and festivals in Mexico. These include Tamales, Chile en Nogada, Mole, Pozole and Buñuelos.