Known worldwide for its delicious cuisine and punchy cocktails, it’s no wonder that one of the first things visitors to Mexico want to get to grips with is the food! We feature so many stunning hotels and villas in Mexico that we thought we’d blend travel with food and bring you a list of five regional dishes to try when you find yourself staying in one of Mexico’s luxurious hotels…and if you accidentally overdo it on the spice then you can always hop into your hotel’s luxury infinity pool to cool down!
Known as Mexico’s national dish, mole isn’t exactly a meal…really, it’s more of a sauce. Many different countries in the world try to replicate mole but if you want the real deal you’re going to need to hop on a plane because nothing beats a proper Mexican mole.
There are so many different types of mole that we’re going to focus on the most famous: mole poblano, which has a sweet, nutty, slightly bitter taste and is often served with turkey and rice.
A traditional breakfast dish that’s probably where our ‘nachos’ derived from…this tasty, hearty meal is worlds away from the soggy corn chips that we eat drowned in melted cheese and shop bought guacamole.
Chilaquiles are assembled by lightly frying corn tortillas, cutting them into quarters and topping them with green or red salsa (depending on your spice preference – red is hotter). Eggs are usually added at this point (scrambled or fried) and pulled chicken is used to top the dish, along with a hefty sprinkling or cheese and cream. Add some refried beans as a side dish and you’re ready to devour a mountain of delicious food that will set you up for a busy day of vacationing!
Most commonly wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves, tamales come in a huge variety of flavours – everything from pineapple to chorizo! The filling (whether sweet or savoury) is wrapped in masa (a corn-based dough) and then steamed in the husk or leaf. One of the most diverse dishes on our list, tamales can be filled with pretty much anything you can get your hands on – with popular fillings being meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables…but whichever option you go for you’re guaranteed a powerful punch of chilli!
A spicy soup that’s guaranteed to get you set up and ready for an evening of enjoying Mexico’s famous nightlife, pozole is made from hominy corn, a hefty whack of herbs and spiced, as well as chicken, pork or vegetables. The dish is usually left to slow cook for hours and is serviced with fresh veggies, lime and chilli.
A popular Mexican street food, this is one to devour when you’ve ventured outside the confines of your hotel to discover the local area. Basically the Mexican version of corn on the cob, elote is served either on a stick (akin to ice cream) or with the kernels in a cup. Chilli powder, lime, cheese, sour cream and melted butter are all added into the mix, helping to create a delicious, moreish snack.
If your mouth isn’t watering after reading about those culinary delights then we simply don’t believe you! If you want to taste real Mexican cuisine like the dishes we listed above then take a look at our list of handpicked Mexican hotels with infinity pools that will seal the deal and have you reaching for your passport in a matter of minutes.