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Mexican Cuisine

By Viator, February 2016

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Throughout the world, the special blend of Mesoamerican and European cooking (primarily Spanish influence) has led to one of the world’s most popular food stuffs. Officially a UNESCO-recognized item of “intangible cultural heritage,” Mexican cuisine has warmed the hearts and bellies of people the world over. What sumptuous and delicious sweets led to delicatessen inventions like mole sauce, enchiladas, and the ever-sweet churro?

Basic elements of Mexican cuisine include corn (maize), chili peppers (not always the hot kind), tomatoes, avocado, cocoa and vanilla. Spanish contributions include meat, fish, and cheese – and today the Mexican regions of Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and Chiapas have a reputation for their delicious cheese-making ability. Home based meals are often different than what you might find in a restaurant, and street food is as big a thing in Mexico as it is anywhere in the world.

Festivals of food are big in Mexico City and elsewhere. Food preparation is considered part of the joy of the meal, and looked upon as a strengthening of social bonds within families and friends. The famous Day of the Dead festival involves mole making and placing enchiladas and other foodstuffs onto the graves of those dearly departed, and the Three Kings Festival (January) in Mexico City is a celebration of the Epiphany which includes a king’s ring (aka a King Cake for you New Orleanians out there) within which lies a little figurine. Come the Epiphany, in Mexico City’s zocalo, more than 200,000 portions are doled out – not a small celebration.

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Polanco Food Tour in Mexico City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $79.99

Colonia Roma Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $76.00
From USD $51.99

Mexico City Food Walking Tour: Tamales, Tacos and Quesadillas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $83.99

Mexico City Markets Tour: La Merced, Sonora and San Juan Markets

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $20.99

Mexico City Food and Local Markets Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $58.99

Dinner at the Revolving Bellini Restaurant in Mexico City

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $70.99

Private Culinary Tour of Puebla from Mexico City

Discover why Puebla is one of the states with the richest gastronomy in Mexico. On this private tour, you will be able to discover the city, learn its history ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $244.00

Coffee Museum and Coffee Tour in Coatepec

This is the major tourist attraction in the region, with thousands of visitors per year. This tour is for those who share the passion for the art of drinking ...  Read more

Location: Coatepec, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.75

Mexico City Gastronomic Tour

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $62.00

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