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Beyond The Taco: Other Mexican Dishes To Try

by Marvin Martin

When you visit a Mexican restaurant, what do you order? If you are consistently ordering tacos and nothing else, then it's time to broaden your horizons! Tacos are delicious, but there are so many other amazing Mexican dishes to try -- like the following.


Tostadas are basically really crunchy, open tacos. The tortilla is deep-fried and stays flat. It is then layered with fillings such as refried beans, meats, and cheeses. Tostadas are often topped generously with salsas and guacamole, and since they're eaten with a knife and fork, they can be packed full with more fillings than tacos.


Elote is a great dish to order as a side or as an appetizer. In Mexico, it is served as street food. Elote is basically corn on the cob, but what is unique about it is the seasoning. It's slathered in butter and then sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice, and cheese. Sometimes, you'll be given sour cream to dip it in -- especially if the corn is really spicy.

Polle y Mole

Pollo y mole is a unique dish made with chicken that is topped with a chocolate-based mole sauce. Mole is also made with poblano peppers, so it has plenty of spice. Typically, the chicken is shredded, so it has a nice, light texture and blends well with the sauce. Pollo y mole is usually served with a side of rice, which is great for soaking up the extra sauce.


Tamales really originated in the middle Americas, but they have become quite common in modern Mexican cuisine, too. They are basically a tube of corn dough stuffed with fillings like beef mince and beans. The tamale is wrapped in corn husks, or sometimes in banana leaves. You don't eat the wrapper -- you peel it off.


Pozole is a soup made from chicken, pork, veggies, and various spices. It's a really thick, almost stew-like dish that is typically topped with lettuce, radishes, and lime juice before eating. If you're served a lime on the side, definitely squeeze it over the pozole. It sounds like a strange combination, but the acidity of the lime is a nice contrast to the spicy soup.

The next time you are in a Mexican restaurant, try one of the dishes above or click here for more info on restaurants near you. You can still go back to tacos when you want, but you might also discover a new favorite.