Most Traditional Mexican Foods for Hispanic Heritage Month

If you want to host an authentic Mexican meal, you have to include some of these traditional recipes

Traditional Mexican Foods


This traditional dish looks pretty familiar to Tex-Mex fans. Chilaquiles are a staple in Guanajuato and everyone seems to have their favorite salsas for preparing it. This dish not only offers two distinct flavors from the use of two common Mexican sauces (salsa verde and ranchero) but makes for a festive presentation (when garnished with sour cream, it looks like the Mexican flag). While the preparation may seem a little daunting, this dish utilizes staples that are always in the Mexican home. Shredded chicken is often added to fortify the dish and topping the plate with fried fresh farm eggs is a classic way of battling the previous day’s cerveza and/or tequila indulgence.

— Bernard McDonough

Click here for the Chilaquiles Divorciados Recipe

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor are a favorite in Mexico and Mexican restaurants throughout the world for good reason: The mixture of smoky, spicy chiles, sweet pineapples, and fresh onions and cilantro is taco perfection. Traditionally, Tacos al Pastor are made by marinating pork in chile sauce, layering the meat on a vertical rotisserie, covering the meat with a pineapple, and roasting slowly for hours; a process that's almost impossible to replicate at home. So we've taken the delicious, authentic flavors that make these tacos so special, and adapted the recipe for your home kitchen, so you can enjoy it whenever a craving strikes!

— Goya

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Mole Sauce

Depending on where you live in Mexico, mole flavors vary. Good mole sauce is not easy to make, as its complex ingredients and methods take quite a bit of time to master. Mole Poblano, a popular version with Puebla City origins, tastes a little bit like spicy chocolate barbecue sauce. If you’d like to attempt to make it at home, this recipe uses four chiles to give it its distinct flavor. Use it to dress chicken, pork, steak, or fish to add some life to your meal.

Click here for the Mole Poblano Recipe


Pozole is a hominy-based stew usually made with pork shoulder. Set bowls of shredded cabbage, avocado, radishes, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges on the table so each person can flavor their pozole as they wish. Keep plenty of tortillas and Mexican beer on hand!

Click here for the Pozole Recipe by Ingrid Hoffmann

Elotes Callejeros

This staple Mexican street food of spices, grilled corn is a must if you’re looking to recreate an authentic Mexican dish. It is a perfectly portable party food that all of your guests will enjoy.


Click here for the Elotes Callejeros Recipe