Mexico is well known for its dishes. When coming to México for the first time, it could be a little scary; people will tell you what to eat but first you would have to make sure your stomach is ready as you would do when traveling to other countries. –No big worries-
Here’s a quick scoop on basic-must tries but before diving into the list, i have to say that all of this can be found in the streets, local markets and all around México City (and the country). Oh and I almost forget to mention that it’s okay if you eat while walking or in public spots and don’t be surprised if you see people putting a lot of lemon in their food and I mean –a lot- it’s also okay so give it a try too.
There is a HUGE menu for tacos. Must try: Tacos de canasta and Tacos al Pastor.
Tacos de Canasta are usually sell by the bike-man. They hold a box in the bike with tons of tacos. They have different stews, I would recommend bean and potato for the first time. This should cost you less than six pesos each which means you can buy 4-5 tacos de canasta of your favorite stew with one dollar.
Tacos al Pastor are a classic. These kind is more likely to find at formal markets or taco restaurants called “Taquerías”. A portion of meat with Pastor stew, tortilla and a slice of pineapple it’s what it contains. You can add for free some vegetables like onion on the top. You could find small tacos al pastor for six pesos, medium tacos for 10 pesos and 20 pesos big ones. With 3 dollars you could get enough tacos and luckily even something to drink.
This ones you
would usually find only during the mornings as it’s a typical breakfast. Almost
in every street corner there is someone with a big umbrella, table, bike or car
selling tamales. You can try tamales (from México City) or tamales oaxaqueños
(from Oaxaca another state of México). There are salty and sweet tamales.
Must try tamale “Verde” (green tamale) that has chicken or pork with salsa verde; it shouldn’t be too spicy. If you root for the sweet side, try tamal “Dulce” you can easily recognize it for its hot pink colored- strawberry flavor. You can have your tamale with a cup of “Atole” also a Mexican beverage, similar to milk, if you’re up for it try Atole of “Chocolate”. With a tamale and an atole you should be ready to tour the city and it would cost you 30 pesos, around 2 dollars max.
It is a “bolillo or telera”, similar to a baguette, it comes with a stew. This one is the Mexican version of hamburgers or sandwich. Must try: Torta de Pastor which is the same as the taco but instead of tortillas, they serve it with a piece of bread. You can also find Tortas of Tamale. If you want some different stew from the taco one, try Torta de Milanesa or Torta of Chorizo. A torta should be maximum 3 dollars.
PS. All food goes with Chili sausage (salsa), don’t ask if it’s spicy, they will tell you it isn’t as we are used to it. Try a little with your pinky finger or a spoon. Typical salsa “Verde” (green), Guacamole (avocado with salsa verde) and “Roja”. BTW all salsa is free.