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Mexican Summer Street Food Guide

It’s summertime amigos! Of course, that means... STREET FOOD (or antojitos if you want to get local). We all know Mexico is well known for its tacos – but street food just isn’t about tacos! Mexico is home to many different kinds of street food, from gorditas and elotes, to soups and beverages.

To celebrate the summertime and the launch of the Old El Paso Mexicana Street Market™ range, we’re here to expand your street food knowledge, and help you eat your way through Mexico with our ultimate Mexican Street Food Guide.

Dig in amigos!

Street food is usually available during morning and evening hours.

If you’re thinking of going out for an evening meal or need to head out early for breakfast, Mexican street food is perfect! Otherwise known as Antojitos (which translates to “little cravings”), street food in Mexico is typically eaten in the time between lunch and the next meal – basically they’re there as a way to curb those hunger cravings before dinner (though street food makes great dinner too!).

Where to find street food in Mexico!

If you’re travelling to Mexico, you’ll be able to find street food around public transport stops and markets – and if you need to head out early, there are many morning street food trolleys or stalls around. Just don’t expect an abundance of street food during lunch hour (especially outside of Mexico City), as lunch is typically a more formal meal.

Now... for the food!

Tacos

Tacos are the mainstay of Mexican food, so it’s no surprise that these are at the top of the list! Taco fillings vary depending on the region, though pork, beef, chicken, seafood and grilled vegetables are quite common. More non- conventional fillings such as beef eyeballs and insects are also available for the more adventurous! Corn tortillas are typically used, though flour tortillas are more popular north of Mexico. Hard tortillas, however are not typically used for Mexican street food tacos.

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Elotes

If you’re craving some corn on the cob, look no further than Elotes! In Mexico, the best Elotes can be found on the grill. Choose from a variety of toppings, such as chili powder, cojita cheese, lime juice, hot sauce, or mayonnaise. When served in a cup as kernels with the usual Elote seasonings, they are called Esquites and are eaten with a spoon. These make a great easy late afternoon snack if you’re feeling peckish!

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Gorditas

Similar to pasties, gorditas are small, thick masa cakes, sliced in the middle and stuffed with meat, cheese and other fillings (a bit like a pita pocket). They can also be laid flat with a bordered edge to hold fillings such as coriander, pork, avocado and cotija cheese.

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Chalupas

Chalupas are most popular in the region of Puebla, and consist of small tortilla cups filled with beans, meat, salsa and lettuce. Another variation, called Chilapas, use a crispy tortilla cup with similar fillings with the addition of avocado, cream and onion. Yum!

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Empalmes

Sandwich lovers – don’t despair! Mexico has its own type of sandwich – the empalme! Empalmes are a type of Mexican sandwich (akin to stacked tortillas), and are more typical in the Street Markets of Nuevo Leon. An empalme consists of two corn tortillas, with refried beans, salsa, tomatoes, oregano, chorizo, cheese and chillies filled in between, and grilled on a charcoal grill or a comal (a flat griddle, similar to a frying pan).

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Tostadas

Toasted and crunchy, these are usually made with leftover tortillas that are not fresh enough to be made into tacos, but are still fresh enough to be eaten. They can be served as an accompaniment to stews and seafood, or topped with salsa, avocado or cheese. A similar variation can be found in your local supermarket as tortilla chips, though these are the real deal!

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Tlacoyos

Now here’s a must-try! Tlacoyos (La-caw-yo) are oval or football shaped patties made from corn maize, and can have a dark-grey charcoal-like colour or the golden colour typical of tortillas. These are either baked or toasted, and filled with ground beans, cheese, fava beans, pork rind and array of other ingredients. Tlacoyos are best eaten immediately, while fresh and warm, as the bread can become tough and dry when left out or reheated.

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Pozolo

Here’s something for you soup lovers – Pozole is a hot soup made with hominy, pork (though other meat can be used), chili, onion, garlic, radish, avocado, salsa or limes. It is frequently served during celebrations such as Quinceañeras, weddings, birthdays, baptisms and New Year’s Day, but can also be found in street markets. Pozole can be served white, red or green (depending on whether the soup is made from hominy, red or green chili).

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