My 10 Favorite Mexican Dishes
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I came up with a list of my 10 favorite Mexican dishes. So get those taste buds warmed up!
For years, I wasn’t big on Mexican dishes. I liked Taco Bell pretty well, but let’s face it: Taco Bell is about as Mexican as Pizza Hut is Italian. And that’s not much, according to anyone who’s had authentic Mexican cuisine in Mexico or authentic Italian fare in Italy.
Here’s my list of my favorite Mexican dishes.
1. Arroz con Pollo
This, hands down, is my favorite thing on the menu. A co-worker of mine and I go to lunch together once a week at a nearby Mexican restaurant. I always order the same thing. If I didn’t like it so much, believe me, I’d find something else on the menu. You can find a recipe here.
Arroz is rice and Pollo is chicken. The con means “with.” Technically, I suppose it should be Pollo con Arroz, but I like it either way.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I have a mild allergy of raw tomatoes, so I tend to prefer my guacamole with a little seasoning and mostly just avocado. A little cilantro is okay, as long as it’s very little. I can deal with a few pieces of tomato, but if you can spare them, I’m much happier.
One of the things I like most about guacamole is the health benefits of Avocado, said to be one of nature’s “good fats.” I’m all for that.
3. Chili con Carne
I don’t eat a great deal of chili for two reasons. The first is that too many people seem to think they can’t make chili unless it’s so spicy that it sets your tongue on fire. (That doesn’t impress me at all.) The second is that they tend to make it too soupy. I like thick chili that you can stand a fork in. And with meat, please! Click here for one of many recipes online!
Because of my aforementioned raw-tomato sensitivity, I’ll leave those off. But the great thing about tacos is you can use beef, chicken, shrimp, pork or even fish as the meat. I’ve had fish tacos before and I’ll admit that while skeptical going in, they were quite good.
As long as I know what’s inside the soft tortilla, I’m fine with a burrito. If I didn’t see it prepared, I might peek inside before biting into it. Just saying.
Honestly, I when I first saw one of these little wedges, I didn’t really see the appeal. How you can you pack much flavor in something so flat? The seasoning, the meat, cheese and other ingredients quickly answered that question.
And when I say nachos, I mean something more along the lines of “Ultimate Nachos” or “Nachos Supreme.” Give me a little salsa (or better yet a little chili), some beef, some cheese, maybe even a little guacamole. And a dollop of sour cream won’t offend me at all.
8. Cheesy Baked Chicken Enchiladas
I don’t know why it is, but I tend to prefer chicken over anything else in an enchilada. Here’s a recipe you can try.
9. Cilantro-Lime Chicken
As long as it’s not a lot of cilantro, I like the creaminess of the sauce. The chicken breasts are fried in a skillet and served over rice.
10. Taco Salad
Okay, this, I’m sure, isn’t a truly Mexican dish, but it’s a pretty good Americanized version of Mexican cuisine that captures (if done well) a lot of the flavors of traditional Mexican food in a simple presentation.
That’s my list. You might have been surprised to see that simple concoctions like salsa didn’t make the list. I’ve never been a fan of that; pass the guac and you can have my portion of salsa.
What about you?