Best Mexican Foods Not Named Tacos

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Everyone loves tacos and Taco Tuesday. But there’s more to Mexican cuisine than these cleverly folded gems. Here are our top five picks for the best non-taco Mexican dishes.


If you love poutine, chilaquiles just might be the Mexican equivalent. But instead of fries, Chilaquiles feature a tortilla chip base, topped with salsa, pulled chicken, eggs, and melted cheese. And if you love refried beans, you’ll be happy to know that chilaquiles always come with a bowl on the side.


Pozole is a traditional stew made from hominy (ground corn that’s used to make grits) and meat. For garnish, you can add cabbage, peppers, onions, garlic, radishes, and salsa. Squeeze some lime over the whole thing and chow down!


Tostadas are a great way to use stale tortillas. Simply deep-fry them and top them off with ceviche, refried beans, or cheese. And of course, you can add vegetable or garnish of your choice. Consider lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, or olives.


Elote is corn on the cob, but better. Instead of just salt or butter, the boiled cobs are garnished with shaved cheese, chili, lime, and butter and salt. Most street vendors in Mexico sell this light and flavorful treat, perfect for between-meal snacking.


Mole is a famous Mexican sauce that usually contains about 20+ ingredients. There are many versions of this sauce, so it’s safe to say that you can find one that you like. All mole sauces include chili peppers in the ingredients. If you plan on making your own mole, prepare to stir over a hot oven for several hours.


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