Mexican Dishes

A list of typical Mexican dishes, a list of the many food dishes available in Mexico, authentic Mexican dishes with links to Mexican recipes for each dish. Do you think you know Mexican food? If you’ve been to Mexico, maybe you do. But if you haven’t and you think Mexican dishes are fajitas, burritos and tacos then your in for a surprise. Here is a list of the common Mexican dishes.


carne_adobadaCarne Adobada

Meat or chicken covered or marinated with a spicy adobo paste or sauce. Adobo is a Mexican marinade, sauce or seasoning. Click here to learn how to make adobo sauce.      Adobe Recipes



Like our nachos only without the beans and american cheese and pretty much everything else. Chilaquiles are toasted tortillas covered in green or red salsa, shredded chicken, and a little crema (similar to sour cream).


Gorditas Mexican DishesGorditas

A gordita is a is a small cake made with masa harina (corn flour) and stuffed with cheese, meat or other fillings. Gordita means “little fat one” in Spanish.



Truly authentic tacos use the soft corn tortillas often made of corn and are stuffed with either meat, chicken or seafood fillings with a pic of spicy salsas.



Made of wheat flour or maize (corn flour), these traditional flat savory pancakes formed the staple food of Mexican people for centuries. They are served with almost all dishes are often served instead of bread.



Spanish for beans, used both as main ingredients and as garnishes to other dishes, beans can be boiled or fried.



An avocado garnish or dip made with mashed avocado, onion, coriander and chilies.



Made with tortillas, enchiladas are basically folded or rolled tortillas stuffed with chicken, pork or vegetables and then baked.


mexican-esquites-elotesEsquites or  Elotes

Esquites are a delicious snack that you can buy on the street. It’s a piping hot cup of maiz (a lot like corn, but chewier here) and they add epazote spice, mayonaise, lots of lime, and chile. Eating it with a spoon while walking through a scenic plaza at night is heavenly.



Folded tortillas stuffed with cheese and then grilled, sometimes with meat or chicken.



Spanish for sauce, this is a salsa made generally with tomatoes, onion, chili and cilantro. Click here for Mexican salsa recipes



Raw fish, squid or shrimp marinated in lime juice then mixed with cilantro, onion and tomato.


chiles-rellenos-mexican-dishesChiles Rellenos

Large Poblano chilies stuffed with Mexican cheese or spicy meat (picadillo). The chilies are mild, but the sauce is often not.



Red Snapper, a common feature on the menus at coastal resorts. Often available ‘al gusto’, cooked in a choice of methods.


Mole Sauce - Mexican DishesMole Sauce

A wonderful rich sauce made with a combination of chocolate, chilies and many spices. It can be red, brown or green depending on the ingredients. The moles of Puebla and Oaxaca are particularly famous, hence ‘mole poblano’ or ‘mole oaxaqeño’.


Pipian salsa Mexican DishesPipían Sauce

Mexican pipían sauce is green and made from pumpkin seeds. It is most often served over chicken or burritos.


Pollo Pibil-mexican-dishesPollo Pibil

A Yucatecan specialty, traditionally consists of chicken marinated in orange and spices then barbecued in banana leaves.


tamales Mexican dishesTamales

Cornmeal paste wrapped in corn or banana husks and often stuffed with chicken, pork or turkey and/or vegetables, then steamed.


Tostada Mexican DishesTostadas

Thin and crisp tortillas served loaded with guacamole, sour cream, chilies, chicken, beans, etc.