Just after finishing college my good friend James Feldkamp and I embarked upon a 3 month tour through Mexico. At the end of the trip we spent 2 weeks in Mexico City and I loved it so much that I ended up staying here. There is so much to love about this city and it is somewhere that I am proud to call home. One of my favorite things about this city is the food, good quality traditional Mexican food which I just cannot get enough of. I wanted to share with you then some of the foods which you must try when you are here.
Pozole is a stew that is made using beef, pork or chicken, with a mixture of maize and vegetables. When the dish is served you add some lettuce, radish and of course a touch of chili and lemon for a heartwarming dish which is absolutely delicious. Pozole can be found throughout the city and it is best eaten in a restaurant rather than on the street.
The tacos here use soft maize tortillas which are usually pretty small, and then they are filled with a huge array of beautiful meats. Because Mexico uses almost all parts of the animal, there are many different types of taco filling such as brain, tripe and pig’s feet. My favorite tacos are without question tacos al pastor which is marinated lamb that is cooked on a spit, and then shaved off into your taco with some sweet pineapple.
They say that this food is a great hangover cure and for breakfast it is the perfect dish. This is a dish of cooked tortilla chips with a light chili sauce, served with some sour cream and some white cheese. You can eat the chilaquiles on their own or you can get them with some beef or chicken, with the option of getting an egg on top. Usually the chilaquiles will also come with a fresh white bread roll, perfect for soaking up all of that glorious chili juice.
Gorditas are a small disc of maize which has been pressed and cooked which has been mixed with chicharron, or cooked pork skin. The pork skin is much like the crackling which we serve with a Sunday Roast, and the gordita can be served with cheese, cream or occasionally some meats which are added on top.
Blue Corn Quesadillas
I know that we have quesadillas in the US but they pale in comparison to the real deal which you can find here in Mexico City. My favorite type fo quesadillas are those that have a tortilla made from blue corn, which gives you a green looking tortilla. Fill up the quesadillas with huitlacoche for the perfect Mexican experience, which is a fungus that grows on diseased corn, perfectly safe to eat I might add.
These are just a handful of foods which you simply must try should you find yourself in Mexico City.