Best food in Mexico Best food in Mexico Mexico Travel Guides SHARE Ricky Carbis , July 29, 2013 / 1 You’ve tried the burrito, the taco, and maybe even the chimichanga, but is that ‘real’ Mexican food? Of course not. No food is true unless eaten in the country it originated from and the same goes for Mexican food. Mexican food is one of the most widely known cuisines around the world and there is a reason why. Here are a few dishes that you must try while in Mexico and you may have not heard of some of them… Tamales When you hear it being called out, just turn around and wave your hand. There will often be a man riding around town selling these delicious little snacks. Coddled in a banana leaf you will find a number of things depending on which the vendor happens to have on him that day. It’s a combo of moist maize with some kind of meat and a slow cooked sauce. So when you open your little present you might find it topped with some kind of mole or pepper for an extra kick. You might want to order a few of these, because they will be addicting. Note: First time I ever tried one, I thought the banana leaf was part of the dish and tried to eat that! Embarrassing to say the least… Barbacoa You know this, you just don’t know that you do. This is a Mexican barbecue. This is a tender and tasty slow roast of meat, often pig or lamb. They dig a hole in the ground and that’s it, there is the barbecue. Hopefully you can catch some locals making one for a special occasion. They will take the entire animal and roast for days so it’s perfect for the special day they are celebrating. It obviously feeds a small village so I’m sure they will have plenty to share. It’s served with a few different sauces and some lime and guacamole for a bit of freshness. Tostadas This simple dish is delish! A deep-fried corn tortilla is topped with anything from fresh shrimp with chillies, chicken and salsa, crab salad, pulled pork… The list goes on and on. Imagine the tortilla is your plate and you’re putting your main meal on top. Just order one and then you will see, one wasn’t enough. I can list tonnes of Mexican dishes and still not complete the list. A REAL taco is a must, try smothering something in mole, add some chilli powder and a dash of lime to your mango, and nosh on an elote before you leave. You know the typical stuff, so try it, but don’t be shy to try the new dishes too while spending time in Mexico.