Mexican street food is an important part of the country's culture and cuisine. It encompasses a wide variety of foods that are typically sold by street vendors, often from food carts or food trucks. Some popular Mexican street foods include:
- Tacos al pastor - These are tacos made with marinated pork that is cooked on a vertical spit, similar to shawarma. They are typically served with cilantro, onions, and pineapple.
- Tamales - These are steamed corn dough filled with meat, cheese, or sweet fillings and wrapped in a corn husk. They are often made with pork, chicken, or beef, and are usually served with a spicy sauce.
- Tortas - These are Mexican sandwiches made with a roll or telera roll and filled with meat, cheese, avocado, and various condiments.
- Elote (corn on the cob) - This popular street food is grilled corn on the cob, often slathered with butter, mayo, and chili powder, and then topped with crumbled cheese.
- Tostadas - These are fried or toasted tortillas, topped with beans, cheese, lettuce, and various meats and salsas.
- Esquites - This is a Mexican street food similar to elote, but instead of the corn being served on the cob it is removed and served in a cup, with similar toppings.
To make these street foods, the vendors typically use traditional cooking methods such as grilling, frying and steaming. They also use authentic ingredients and spices to achieve the authentic taste of Mexican street food.
Note that this is just a small sample of the many popular Mexican street foods that can be found throughout the country, and methods of preparation may vary depending on the region or the specific vendor.