Photos and Descriptions of Mexican Meals and Snacks

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Mexican breakfasts are my favorite meals. My favorite meal is chilaquiles. The only thing better than chilaquiles in green sauce is chilaquiles in red sauce. That is true unless my favorite street food vendor, Petra, is around. She makes dorados that are a god's gift to mankind. If you are unfamiliar with chilaquiles or dorados and you have an interest in Mexican and Oaxacan foods, this page is meant for you.

The pictures of the meals shown come from family owned restaurants and meals sold by street vendors. Both of which are where the lower and middle class eat. Find yourself a place where the locals are eating and you will be fine. Breakfast meals from more expensive restaurants might have a better presentation but they rarely will taste any better.

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are fried corn chips covered in a slightly spicy green or red sauce topped with cheese and a little onion. Chilaquiles are usually accompanied with beans and some type of egg or meat. Usually the dish is served with a hot sauce and cream. This is good meal to get if you like a large breakfast.

Chilaquiles en Salsa Verde

Chilaquiles en salsa verde con frijoles y huevos revueltos or chilaquiles in green sauce served with black beans and scrambled eggs. A meal like this will cost 60 pesos or U.S.$3 (Dec. 2017). Click here for a larger image.

Chilaquiles en Salsa Roja

Chilaquiles en salsa roja con chorizo or chilaquiles in red sauce with Mexican sausage topped with cream, cheese and onion. A meal like this will cost 60 pesos or U.S.$3 (Dec. 2017). Click here for a larger image.

Chicharrón en Salsa Roja

Chicharrón en Salsa Roja

Chicharrón en Salsa Roja is pork rind fried in lard, it tastes better than it sounds. Served with beans, tortillas and salsa. Click here for a larger image.

Enmoladas

Enmoladas

Enmoladas are made of shredded chicken breast wrapped in a thin tortilla and covered with a mole sauce and topped with cheese, onion and cilantro. The mole sauce in this picture is spicy with a strong chocolate flavor. This meal would cost 60 pesos or U.S.$3 (Feb. 2018). Click here for a larger image.

Entomatadas

Entomatadas are lightly fried tortillas folded in half, topped with slightly spicy green or red sauce topped with cheese and a little onion. Entomatadas are usually accompanied with beans and some type of egg or meat. The dish is served with a hot sauce and cream.

Entomatadas en Salsa Roja con Chorizo

Entomatadas en salsa roja con chorizo or entomatadas in slightly spicy tomato sauce with Mexican sausage topped with cheese and onion. Click here for a larger image.

Huevos a la Mexicana

Huevos a la Mexicana

Huevos a la Mexicana or eggs Mexican style are scrambled eggs prepared with eggs, tomato, onion, garlic and chiles along with beans and tortillas. The meal is served with hot sauce. Some people, even Mexicans, may find this dish too spicy so you might want to ask for yours without chiles or sin chiles. This meal cost 45 pesos or U.S.$2.50 (Dec. 2017). Click here for a larger image.

Memilita

Memilita

Memilita is a kind of corn bread slightly sweetened, rather flavorless and tough to chew. It is a bread you will want to dip into coffee or hot chocolate to soften the bread. Usually memilitas are only found around the market, sold in plastic bags of 3 for 10 pesos or U.S. 50 cents.(Nov. 2017) Click here for a larger image.

Pan Dulce

Pan Dulce

Pan Dulce or sweet breads are sold in the markets and bakeries and there are seemingly countless varieties of sweet breads to be had. Click here for a larger image of sweetbreads.

Quesadillas

Quesadillas are fried tortillas folded in half, stuffed with potatoes or meat and are usually topped with cheese. Salsa is served on the side.

Quesadillas con papas

Quesadillas con papas or quesadillas filled with potatoes topped with cheese and lettuce and are served with salsa. This photo of quesadillas con papas was bought from street a vendor for 25 pesos or U.S. $1.50 (Dec. 2017). Click here for a larger image.

Lunch and Dinner

Chiles rellenos

chiles rellenos

Chiles rellenos are lightly breaded chiles, usually chile poblano, filled with cheese, shredded chicken or ground beef. Chiles rellenos are usually served with beans and tortillas with a bowl of salsa on the side. Click here for a larger image of chiles rellenos.

Milanesa

Milanesa

Milanesa is a thin fillet of meat battered in flour and fried. Usually the meat is chicken, beef or pork. Milanesa de cerdo or breaded pork milanesa is my favorite and the hardest to find, naturally. Milanesa is served with salsa and tortillas. Click here for a larger image of milanesa.

Pescado Empanizado

Pescado Empanizado

Pescado empanizado is a fillet of fish battered in flour and fried. Pescado empanizado is served with salsa and tortillas. Tartar sauce is rare find in Mexico so do not expect it. Click here for a larger image of pescado empanizado.

Tamales

A tamale is a seasoned filling that is wrapped in cornmeal dough steamed in a corn husk or a banana leaf. The corn husk or banana leaf can serve as a plate; they are not intended to be eaten. Usually tamales in a banana leaf are in a sauce of some kind whereas tamales in a corn husk are without a sauce.

I keep tamales in my freezer to serve as a meal or a snack.

tamales de chipil

Tamales de chipil are filled with chipil which is similar to spinach. Click here for a larger image.

tamales de chileajo

Tamales de chileajo are made with pork, chiles, garlic, tomatoes and more. Click here for a larger image.

tamales de tichinda

Tamales de tichinda are filled with mussels. They are seasonal so grab them when you see them. I found these in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca in February. Click here for a larger image.

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Photo Credits

Photos taken by Marc Wilkinson. I, the copyright holder, hereby publish these photos under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).