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Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hot dog at Dogos Menos, Guadalajara, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingEvery area of Mexico has its own signature traditional food. For example, the tamales and the whitefish are signature dishes of one particular part of Mexico. Here in the Chapala area in the state of Jalisco, we're famous for brown refried beans, but if you go to Veracruz, their refried beans are black. 
 
Another example is the tamale. Tamales are made all over Mexico. Some tamales are the size of two of my fingers put together, and some tamales are the size of my fists squished together. The tamales have different kinds of fillings. There could also be twenty different kinds of moles depending on the region and the area. I love traveling through Mexico and eating whatever I get served.
 
The Ajijic area is part of Jalisco, and so are Guadalajara and half of Puerto Vallarta. The kinds of food that are famous in the Lake Chapala area aren’t necessarily the kinds of food you’re going to find in the entire Jalisco area. There is a world of difference just in Jalisco. To say I’m going to get the same tamale in Guadalajara that I’m going to get in Monterrey is not going to happen. It’s going to be different. In the whole of Jalisco, however, similarities would be in tequila. If you go to other parts of Mexico, they won’t have pozole or menudo. If you drive down the highway here, on the right-hand side, you’ll see Piedra Barrenada and other restaurants such as Carnitas Hector’s restaurant, which is awesome for carnitas.
 
When I play golf in the Atlas Golf Course on the way to Guadalajara, there’s a lady there who makes fantastic carnitas that are dry, and they’re totally different than the carnitas they serve at Hector’s. It doesn’t mean one is better than the others. You don’t really have to travel too far to get a different taste, or to find a different way things are made. Mexican food when you’re in the United States is not similar to what you will find as you get to Mexico.
 
My wife loves pozole, which is soup with boiled corn and chunks of chicken. We go to a type of restaurant which usually opens after 6-8 o’clock at night and goes late into the evening for pozole. 
 
When I was a young guy, the first time they served menudo to me with the stomach and intestines, I found a couple of eyeballs in it as well. They threw those in there especially for Pechuga, which was my nickname when I used to play soccer. 
 
There’s a really good chicken restaurant in Ajijic called Pechugon, and one in San Miguel de Allende called El Pollo Feliz which you can also find in Arizona selling the same chicken. There’s a certain day when you can get 1 & ½ chickens for the price of one in this restaurant. 
 
As you go along the carretera (main road) here between Jocotepec and Chapala (with Ajijic in the middle), you’ll see one chicken restaurant after another. There’s one right next to Wal-Mart, and if you drive from Ajijic or towards Jocotepec, there are chicken places that are typically rotisserie or barbecue. Generally speaking, Mexicans don’t like barbecue chicken. They think of barbecue chicken where there’s sweet sauce. Mexicans also don’t like mustard, so it’s not uncommon for them to put cream on hotdogs instead of mustard. 
 
If you go to Dogos Menos in Guadalajara, they have little hotdog buns where they cut a hole in it and shove two little steamed hotdogs into the hole. Then they fill that cavity with sour cream, diced onions and tomatoes, and a little hot sauce. The place I like to go to is Glorieta Minerva (a “glorieta” is a roundabout), in the Central Park of Guadalajara. Glorieta Minerva doesn’t close and they sell tacos that are just the most delicious tacos you’ll find in all of Mexico. 
 
What people should know is they can spend the day and night in Guadalajara and go to some fantastic restaurants. A lot of my clients do it all the time. There’s this one guy who doesn’t even drive. He takes a couple of his friends to Guadalajara with his gardener/chauffeur. They go to Guadalajara in his Honda Odyssey and they just enjoy the food at all the different restaurants.  For example, there’s a whole area called San Paolo where there are massive restaurants filled with beautiful and handsome young Mexicans. My daughter likes to go there because there are a lot of young people.
 
If you go to Guadalajara, you’re going to have the best foods you’ve ever eaten at a good price, with a good selection of wines. You’re going to want to come back. Lots of my clients here in the Lake Chapala area have homes or apartments where they can spend weekends in Guadalajara.  
 
(Hot dog at Dogos Menos, Guadalajara, Mexico, pictured.)
Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Tortas Ahogada, Guadalajara, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are different traditional foods around Mexico. For example, the traditional food in Guadalajara is torta ahogada, which is bread with pork meat and extremely hot sauce. Mexicans love to have torta ahogada the following day after overdrinking at a party. Torta ahogada is a really traditional meal in the morning for people who party.
 
Tacos are another kind of traditional food in Mexico. You can find a taco place in almost every few blocks, and these taco places are all clean, serving cheap and delicious tacos. Exotic tacos are sometimes served with pork tongue, brains, and kidneys, but you can also have just regular chicken and pork in it.
 
Varieties of tacos include the soft taco, corn tortilla, or flower, but most of the tacos in Mexico are not sold with flower tortillas. In Mexico, corn tortilla is very common. In the United States, we would call a taco cooked in oil dorado, or a hard taco.
 
Tacos dorados is also very common in Mexico. You can get tacos dorados in the same place where you get torta ahogada, which is essentially the same except that it’s deep fried. Instead of meat, tacos dorados can be presented with frijoles (beans), or potatoes or traditional meats. When you deep-fry them, they become crispy tacos. In tacos dorados, “dorado” means “stiff” or “hard.” 
 
Another traditional dish in Mexico is pastor, which is meat cooked with burnt pineapple on top. Pastor is really delicious. In Puebla, which is near Mexico City, there’s a traditional dish called chile en nogada, which is chili filled up with cheese and they put mole on top.  And there are different types of moles. They also put granada (pomegranate) placed on top of chile en nogada.  
 
(Tortas Ahogada, Guadalajara, Mexico, pictured.)
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Alfonso Galindo of I Go Yucatan – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Food from the Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico has different traditional foods, depending on which region you’re in. Every region has their culinary specialty. Some examples are tacos, menudo, guacamoles, pig, chicken, etc. There are regions in Mexico that specialize in every single one of those food items.
 
The northern part of Mexico such as Baja California, Chihuahua, Monterrey, Zacatecas, Durango, Tamaulipas, and Sonora, which are the states right next to the border with the US, are well-known for their meat dishes. Northern Mexicans love barbecue so there is always a parrillada (Spanish for barbecue) going on. Families gather every Sunday and cook their steaks over the grill. If you are near the coast, seafood is very well-known, especially on the Pacific side. Their fish tacos and different fishes are very well-known. Lobster is very well-known, especially in Baja California, which is also getting a new reputation for being the new wine region of Mexico. There are certainly some well-known hotels and popular restaurants being built in the Baja California area as well.
 
As you go down to the center of Mexico, mainly in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Michoacan, Guanajuato, you will find that most of the foods have more Nuahtl influence. (“Nuahtl” is the name the Aztec people give to themselves; they don’t call themselves “Aztecs,” but Nuatls.) Traditional Mexican food in the center of Mexico generally have more exotic ingredients like the maguey worms, ants, fried grasshoppers, etc. The long tortillas, which are part of some of the famous dishes in Central Mexico, are called tlayudas, and have a lot of salsa and corn. As you start heading to Southern Mexico, you will see more slow-cooked meals such as the famous cochinita pibil here in the Yucatan, mole in Puebla, in San Cristobal De Las Casas, which is in the state of Oaxaca. They are known for a variety of pork, beef, and chicken dishes cooked with a lot of the local herbs there. The southern region of Mexico like Yucatan, Oaxaca, and Chiapas tend to use less chili pepper in their dishes compared to the northern and central areas of Mexico. It seems that the farther north you go in Mexico, the more spice they use in their dishes. 
 
Yucatecan cuisine was added to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Traditional food in the Yucatan is a lot of pork and a lot of turkey. They are known specifically for the cochinita pibil. They are also known for making a dish out of a bowl of cheese, adding meat inside, and cooking it in an oven. It is one of the favorites here in Yucatan. There are typically seven common favorite dishes in the Yucatan. In every local family home you visit, you know that every Monday the food will be frijol con puerco, which is black beans and pork. The day after that, they will serve another dish called pujol, which is a soupy noodle dish with chicken or turkey. You can expect that there will be a traditional dish in every day on a particular day of the week.
 
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