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Let's Dish: What's the Best Mexican You've Ever Had?

Let's Dish: What's the Best Mexican Food You've Ever Had?

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, let's pause for the cause to talk about one of the world's greatest cuisines: Mexican. My passion for it stems from the culinary diversity of its regions, from the moles of Oaxaca to posoles of the Yucatan and everything in between. It's how I discovered ingredients like tomatillos, sapotes, and huitlacoche. I'm no expert on the cuisines of Mexico, but I do know what tastes good. One of my favorite farmers market stands in San Francisco, Primavera, really hits the spot with its tostadas, which are made from organic stone-ground masa. What's the best Mexican you've ever had?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Mmm, I love huitlacoche. And most everything Yucatecan.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
Oh and I have to add the Beans with Eggs that only my grandpa can cook. Nobody, not my grandma, not my mom, can cook it like he does: perfectly.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
@Wackdoodle What an amazing story!Thanks for sharing! By the way my family also cooks pork mole and I also love it! I am Mexican so many of the best Mexican dishes I've had are the ones cooked by my mom! My favorite being the Pork Mole (aka asado de bodas) with rice...sooo good! I also love Homemade Tortillas de Harina with Potatoes with Red or Green Chile. And a dish that my grandma cooks called Chile Perdido it has chiles, cheese, milk, potatoes,'s very unique. I'm getting hungry!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Yeah when you're in the mood for something "mexican", there are definitely plenty of places. I just don't like when a restaurant smothers everything in refried beans and cheese and calls itself authentic. The last time I was in Colorado I ate at a place called Coronas...they had some of the best non-homemade green chile.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ooooh good point on the americanized stuff, sarah. that pasqual's place i mentioned is def not authentic, but yummy in its own right.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 7 years
My favorite Mexican food is chimichangas :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
OH, and we ate about a million tacos from the street vendors. So freaking good.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I've been to Mexico twice now (once to Puerto Vallarta and once to Tulum), and the food was beyond amazing. In Tulum we rented a house, which came with a housekeeper who would cook for us. Holy eff. That was great stuff. Homemade empanadas, carne asada, chile rellenos....we ate ourselves silly! In Puerto Vallarta (and San Pancho where our house was), we discovered some really great restaurants. Casa Isabel, up on the hill overlooking the Malecon had ridiculous spanish shortribs and chicken nachos. El Barracuda, on the beach, the waves nearly hit you during high tide. Incredible seafood. Ola Rica (in San Pancho), with their huge portions of molcajete, queso fundido, and mango habanero spiced pork tenderloin. Cafe Arte (in SP), was a tiny little hole in the wall. Humberto the chef and part owner (with his daughter) is from Chile I believe. My family flew in two days after us, so we were a party of 8...and we totally stumbled upon this place. We pretty much took over the entire restaurant, and ate whatever Humberto had left. Homemade salsa and bread, spicy garlicy shrimp, carne asada, ribs, and tequila. Lots and lots of tequila. He told us to come back in a few days for empanadas and beans. They were fantastic. I can't say enough great things about that place. Sorry this was so long, but I LOVE mexican food, and not surprisingly it's great in Mexico! :) Although I will say that there are a lot of Americanized places which seem to be against serving spicy, authentic food. So I avoided those. If I'm in Mexico I want good mexican food, not the dumbed down version.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
There is a restaurant a few blocks away from my house that has amazing Mexican food. It was even on the food network.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 7 years
Taqueria San Jose in the Mission district of San Francisco. Mario Batali named it his favorite cheap tacos in the U.S. For only $6 I get the best taco platter ever!!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Homemade cooking from friends (and past co-workers). Also, they made the best flan.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I've had a ton of excellent Mexican food in my life, I can't even pinpoint a single thing. When I ate meat, I loved carnitas.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ooooh i had pasquals yesterday, tamara! yummy! spectra, la hacienda still exists, but sadly, has become a bit hit and miss lately :( i used to love that place! i don't remember the best mexican food ever, but i do remember the worst. ugh!
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
There is this delicious place in Texas about an hour from the border. AMAZING and cheap! But my hubs and I also made some DELISH food today!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Oh man, we ate these awesome fish tacos in Ensenada that were TO DIE FOR. In the States, the best Mexican food I've ever had was at La Hacienda in Madison, WI. It's owned by a Mexican family and it was very authentic.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Oops my mom died 6 months before my nephew was born not 1 year and 6 months before he was born.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
My mom's best friend was Mexican. I grew up telling people that she was my Tia Gerri cause she and my mom told people they were sisters. My Tia Gerri always thought my mom was too too skinny so she cooked her bum off to fill my mom full of food. Tia Gerri would give everyone else a plate of whatever she cooked then take the pot or serving dish in front of my mom and tell her to eat it all or she'd kick her ass. Gerri actually didn't have to make any threats to get my mom to eat her cooking because it was amazing. Tia Gerri always said she was AmerMexican because she cook cook authentic Mexican food (her family was from Mexico City originally) but she spoke not a single word (except curse words) of Spanish and she only understood curses in Spanish. Anyway, I grew up eating Chorizo & eggs, pork mole, homemade tamales, enchiladas, and hearty mexican soups and stews. The absolute best thing that I still remember to this day was something that Tia Gerri made in March 1987. She made Pork Mole from scratch for my nephew's first birthday party. My mom had died about a 1 and 6 months before my nephew was born and so to honor my mom's first grandbaby and to honor the baby Tia Gerri spent about 24 hours straight in her kitchen preparing a huge pork butt in mole sauce. She did every thing the old school way from using a mortar & pestle to grind the chiles, herbs and chocolate to selecting the pig for the cut of meat and slow roasting it. That pork mole was the BEST thing I ever ate. Everyone who came to that party had done a similar thing and made a traditional dish in honor of the baby's birthday and to honor my mom but to this day every one remembers standing around the stove in my sister's kitchen dipping into that pot of mole and pulling off pieces of juicy pork in the amazing mole. Funny thing is Gerri says that she has never been able to duplicate that pork mole that she made for that day. She says she cannot even come close to matching how incredible that dish turned out that day. It was truly made with love.
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