Photos and Descriptions of Mexican Breakfasts

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A Mexican breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and chilaquiles are my favorite breakfast. 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. No wine lists or cloth napkins. Find yourself a place where the locals are eating and you will be fine. Meals from more expensive restaurants might have a better presentation but they rarely will taste any better.

If you have a difficult eater (I am thinking of children), you can order "hot cakes" which are pancakes in English. If it is not the menu, I doubt you will have problem, an employee will probably be sent out to buy the pancake mix. Often cereals such as "Corn Flakes" are also available.

Beverages are at the bottom of the page.

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are fried or dried tortilla chips covered in a slightly spicy green or red sauce topped with cheese and a little onion. Chilaquiles are usually accompanied with eggs or meat and sometimes beans. Usually the dish is served hot sauce and cream on side dishes. This is a good meal to get if you like a large breakfast.

The first image below is of chilaquiles en salsa verde con frijoles y huevos revueltos or chilaquiles in green sauce served with black beans and scrambled eggs. Click here for a larger image. The second image is of chilaquiles en salsa roja con chorizo or chilaquiles in red sauce with Mexican sausage topped with cream, cheese and onion. Click here for a larger image. Meals like this cost around 60 pesos or U.S. $3 (Nov. 2017).

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.

Dorados

Dorados

Dorados, also known as flautas, are rolled up tortillas filled with meat or cheese or potatoes. They are usually fried but sometimes are roasted over a grill. They are topped with beans or mayonnaise, lettuce or cabbage and of course, salsa. My favorite food street vendor, Petra, fries her chicken dorados or dorados de pollo in chicken fat and sometimes lard, I wish I had some to eat right now. Click here for a larger image.

Enchiladas

enchiladas

Enchiladas are thin tortillas with a little sauce inside the tortilla and covered with slightly spicy tomato sauce. This orderer included two eggs. One nice thing about Mexican cooking, the varieties of the same dish seem endless; these tortillas were fried with lard giving them a really nice flavor and because the cook decided I was foreigner, no chiles were added into tomato sauce which was not so good. 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 en Salsa Roja con Chorizo

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. The photo is of 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.

Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes is Spanish for pancakes. If you have a finicky eater or just need something "safe", this is it.

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 con papas

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

Sopes

sopes

Sopes are palm sized thick corn tortillas topped with beans, meat, vegetables, cheese and salsa. They are served at all times of the day and are also used as appetizers. Click here for a larger image.

Beverages

Aguas de (frutas)

aguas de frutas

Aguas de (frutas) is water with fruit, sugar and ice added. These drinks are very popular in Mexico. There are many varieties of aguas to try, everything from tamarind, cucumber (its actually good), to the ever present jamaica. Every restaurant will have one or two flavors for you to choose from. If you are thirsty or with a group, you can order a pitcher of an agua de (fruta), which is something I frequently do, a pitcher or jarra de agua de (fruta) will cost you around 40 pesos or U.S. $2 (May 2018).

Aguas de (frutas) are frequently sold on street corners for 10 pesos or U.S. .50 cents.

Café

Café is coffee, sometimes it comes with sugar already included. Most places will not give you free refills of coffee. If you see waitress refilling coffee cups, then you get a refill. If not, and you order another cup of coffee, you will be charged for two coffees.

Most of the chain convenient stores, such as "Oxxo" sell strong American style coffee. If you are going through caffeine withdraw, the Mexican version of "Coca-Cola Lite" is loaded with caffeine.

Café de Olla

Café de olla is coffee brewed in a clay pot with cinnamon and probably sugar added, usually this coffee is a bit weak. No free refills.

Jugos

Jugos is juice in English. Most restaurants sell fresh orange juice or jugo de naranja and sometimes carrot juice or jugo de zanahoria.

Nescafé

Nescafé is instant coffee. You will get a cup of hot water that you can add the instant nescafé into along with sugar. It also comes decaffeinated.

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Footnotes and Notes

  1. Tips for the waiters/waitresses are not included in the price of the meal.
  2. Limes or lemons are served with salads. They serve as a dressing but most importantly, the juice serves as a disinfectant.

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).