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A Taste of Mexico

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Forget the heavy dishes that sometimes pass for Mexican cuisine. The real thing is made with love, packed with flavour and is a big part of the authentic Mexican experience. Corn and beans are two staple ingredients in Mexican cooking, with favourites like tortillas and frijoles (refried beans) regulars at the dinner table along with fresh tomatoes, chillies and avocados. Other specialities include:

Mole Poblano
Number one contender for Mexico's national dish, this rich red sauce contains around 20 ingredients including a mix of chilli peppers and a small amount of chocolate to counteract their heat. You'll usually find it served over chicken or turkey.

Tortillas
Mexico just wouldn't be Mexico without them. Traditional tortillas are made from corn cooked in water and lime, ground into dough and then pressed into thin cakes before being cooked on a hot griddle. Tortillas make the base of main dishes including quesadillas, burritos and enchiladas.

Salsa
Served with most meals, Mexican salsa comes in many forms; from the smoky salsa chipotle to the fresh green flavour of salsa verde. The most common, pico de gallo, is made with raw tomatoes, chilli peppers, onions, lime juice and cilantro leaves.

Sometimes however, food just tastes better without a knife and fork. You'll find plenty of street food in Mexico being served from food stalls or carts and its often much cheaper too. Hit the street for the real taste of Mexico and take note of where the locals buy their lunch; they're the experts after all. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh and cooked right in front of you.

Tamales
Dished up from huge steaming pots, tamales are cooked and served in a banana leaf or corn husk wrapper. Inside, you'll find spongy corn dough usually filled with pork or chicken in a spicy salsa or mole.

Tacos
You'll see taquerías everywhere you go in Mexico, filled with endless combinations of meats, cheeses, fish, beans and garnished with guacamole and salsa.

Your spending money should stretch quite far on a holiday in Mexico. You can expect to pay an average of 150 Mexican Pesos per person for a three-course meal and a bottle of wine with a beer in a bar setting you back around 25 Mexican Pesos.