Mexico: Food and Drink
A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones
Mexican food is a rich mixture of native Indian and Spanish cuisines that make it one of the world’s most interesting cuisines! While you are in Mexico, try as much Mexican food as possible, because it’s only in Mexico that you get real authentic Mexican food. Mexico is a vast and exciting culinary territory with a wide variation in specialties and traditions from region to region.
The basis of Mexican food is simple, being tortillas, beans, chilies, squash, and tomatoes with most of the food being centered on these main ingredients. Mexican specialties like enchiladas, tortillas, frijoles, chilies, guacamole, tacos in their different variations, Mexican rice, and pollo con mole which is chicken in a sauce that contains garlic, are favorites. Mexico is also famous for its ‘Licuados’, shops selling fresh fruit juices from several tropical fruits.
Hot chocolate is a favorite with Mexicans as is ‘atole’, a corn based beverage, among non-alcoholic beverages. Among alcoholic drinks, Tequila tops the list. This world famous drink is made only in the state of Jalisco in Mexico and comes in 3 types, Blanco, which is white tequila aged for a little time, reposado, which is stored in wooden casks for 2 months to a year and añejo which is stored in oak barrels for at least a year. Beer is popular in Mexico with the country having a lucrative beer brewing tradition.