Mexico is a vibrant, diverse country. The cuisine in different parts of the country is unique. The different regions, cities, and states have their own cooking methods and ingredients. And, then you’ll find the many popular options that are available in American Mexican restaurants today.
Northern Mexico, for example, is home to many renowned Mexican dishes such as pinto refried beans, dried meat, Spanish rice, and burritos. In Southern Mexico, burritos aren’t as common. Chicken and vegetables are popular fillings for tortillas in the South, where beef is favored as a tortilla filling in the north.
Other region-specific delicacies, flavors, meals, and ingredients are as follows:
- Central Mexico
Street cuisine is very popular in Mexico City and many of the dishes you find here are made with ingredients from other regions, as well as foreign countries. When walking through Mexico City, you will see many torta (sandwich) shops and taco stands. Mexican haute cuisine, as well as pre-Hispanic food (including dishes with insects), can be found here.
- The Gulf
Vanilla is native to the Gulf region of Mexico. Other cuisine influences are a mix of Afro-Cuban, Spanish, and Colonial Caribbean heritages. Herbs such as thyme, bay laurel, cilantro, and parsley were introduced into the region’s cooking by the Europeans. The area is brimming with seafood such as crab and crayfish, which forms the main ingredient of many popular local dishes.
- The Bajio
The Bajio region’s main contribution to Mexican cuisine includes pork, rice, a range of sweet desserts such as cajeta (goat’s milk caramel), bunuelos (fritters), arroz con leche (rice pudding) and chongos (curds in syrup). An alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn called charanda is also popular in the region.
There are so many distinct regional cuisines and delicacies that originated from Mexico. At Ramona’s Mexican cuisine, we specialize in a variety of traditional and contemporary Mexican dishes. Visit us for great-tasting, authentic Mexican food today.