If you’ve never experienced Mexican food in Mexico, then prepare to be surprised! Many of the dishes that are most frequently associated with Mexican cuisine in other countries aren’t very accurate representations of the country’s excellent cuisine. Continue reading to learn about just a few of the many ways you can enjoy Mexican cuisine in Playa del Carmen.
The tortilla is an essential item in every Mexican kitchen. In Playa del Carmen, you’ll find that every supermarket sells corn tortillas freshly made from balls of corn dough that have been flattened into a small discs. You might also see flour tortillas, but these are more traditional of northern Mexican cuisine. You can also usually purchase fresh tortillas from taquerias and restaurants. It’s impossible to miss your opportunity to try a corn tortilla if you’re eating Mexican food – they’re used to make tacos and all kinds of related foods like tostadas and quesadillas.
Around the world, one of the most popular Mexican foods is the taco. However, traditional Mexican tacos filled with beef, chicken, pork or seafood aren’t served in crunchy fried shells – instead, they’re served inside soft corn tortillas that you slightly bend when you eat them. They also offer a much larger selection of fillings in Mexico, including animal parts like eyes, cheeks, and udders. While that might not sound very appetizing, they’re delicious if you’re adventurous enough to try something new. After you’ve selected your filling of choice, toppings like onion, fresh cilantro, pineapple, salsa, and spices are traditionally added to enhance the taco’s flavors.
A popular tradition in Mexico is the “comida”, a large lunch eaten around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. If you visit a small restaurant away from La Quinta in Playa del Carmen at this time of day, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious meal of soup, a meat dish of your choice with rice and beans, tortillas, and a fruity drink for between 70 and 90 pesos. Meat dishes often include meatballs in chipotle sauce, beef tips, or chicken covered in mouthwatering sauce.
Street food in Mexico is known as “antojitos”, which translates as “little cravings”. If you stop at a street cart, you can pick up all kinds of tasty little snacks for a reasonable price, including tacos, tamales, quesadillas, tostadas, and soups like pozole.
Stop by a taqueria to get something slightly more substantial to eat – in addition to selling tacos, you can try variants like gringas and flautas. Gringas consist of two corn tortillas filled with meat and cheese that are toasted on each side, while flautas are corn tortillas filled with meat that are rolled into a tube shape and fried until they’re hard. Don’t forget to add some salsa, chiles, or guacamole to your selection in order to introduce even more traditional Mexican flavors to your dining experience!