In Mexico City, the best budget option for food, and often the most delicious, is a stop by one of the local street venders as you can judge by these 5 Mexican street food recipes. Both the locals and the many tourists love to frequent the Mexican street food stands for their favorite snack fix.
Most of the Mexican street food venders specialize in one or two items and a drink. Many of the stands offer their special rendition of tacos and wash them down with agua de arroz (a light rice drink). You will see many Mexican street food stands selling fresh cut fruit or a fresh, fruit flavored drink. These are called aguas frescas and are used to refresh the palate.
Agua de Limon
- Water, one cup
- Lime, one
- Sugar, two Tbs
Place half of the lime rind and the lime (cut in slices) in a blender with sugar and water.
- Strain. Pour on ice. This makes one serving.
Mexican Ceviche. Another Mexican street food choice is ceviche which is cut fresh fish marinated in lime juice.
- Shrimp, two pounds
- White fish, one half pound diced into small cubes
- Limes, three
- Lemon, one
- Tomato, diced
- Onion, one small finely chopped
- Sweet pepper, half chopped in cubes
- Jalapeño pepper, half chopped in cubes
- Cilantro, chopped to taste
- Olive oil, one tsp
Add the lime juice and lemon juice to the fish. Chill for one hour or until the fish changes in color to opaque.
Mix in the remainder of the ingredients.
Serve over a bed of lettuce or as a taco. Serves six.
Vegetarian Tacos. A favorite Mexican street food is the fish or shrimp taco that is deep fried and served on a tortilla.
- 3 avocados, mashed
- one half cup onions, diced
- 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp cumin
12 corn tortillas, 6 inch
You can add the fixings you like including crema, salsa, guacamole, cabbage and radishes. Try this vegetarian recipe out on your date.
Mexican Churros. You can't go wrong with churros from a Mexican street vendor. The dough goes through a ridged tube, then squeezed into a pan and deep fried. It is then immediately sprinkled with sugar and maybe cinnamon. Sneak your date off to a romantic, secluded corner and dip them into a shared cup of hot chocolate.
- Water, one cup
- Brown sugar, two Tbs
- Salt, one half tsp
- Butter, one third cup
- White flour, one cup
- Eggs, two
- Vanilla extract, one half tsp
- Sugar, one fourth cup
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Heat enough vegetable oil to cover dough in a medium fry pan.
Mix the eggs and vanilla, then set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients, then add the egg and vanilla mixture.
Fill pastry bag with this dough. Be sure the oil is hot and ready.
- Squeeze into the oil. Use a slotted spoon to turn them over.
Place on paper towels. Coat with sugar and cinnamon to taste.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
- Milk, two cups
- Mexican chocolate (Abuelita), one disk
Vanilla bean, one split
Heat the milk, then add the vanilla bean seeds and stir in chocolate.
Remove it from the heat as it melts and just before boiling.
- Froth with whisk before serving. Enjoy with the churros.
For Mexican street food, look for the cleanest stand and the one with the longest line of local customers. Look for stands operated by more than one person so the money will be handled by a separate person. Remember, you pay up after you finish eating and are ready to go.