What Mexico Eats for Breakfast

What does Mexican breakfast look like? And can we have some?

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Breakfast is called el desayuno in Mexico. It consists of a hardy meal containing many colors, spices, and flavors. Breakfast varies depending on the region. Some produce is not available in other regions. It also varies because of ethnic diversity. Breakfast dishes have a long history that dates back to the Aztecs and Mayans and also from Spanish rule for more than three centuries.

Tortillas and Colors

Tortillas are not just for dinner. You can find most people in Mexico eating them for breakfast. The tortillas are made into burritos, tacos, and tostados. Beside the tortilla on their plate, most mexicans enjoy colorful fruits and vegetables in the morning. It is common to eat a variety for breakfast. Vegetables include tomatoes, and red green peppers. Fresh fruits enjoyed at breakfast are watermelon, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries. Plato de frutas is a great breakfast dish that consists of many different fruits. It is pretty much what you would find a fruit salad. Some fruits in plato de frutas are melons, bananas, mangoes, and sometimes papayas.

All About the Eggs

Eggs are also common in a Mexican breakfast. A dish that has become popular in much of the Americas is huevos rancheros. The name means eggs that are ranch-style. The most common version of the dish consists of corn tortillas that are lightly fried and fried or scrambled eggs with a chili sauce. Other foods that are typically added to the dish include beans, olives, avocados, and fried potatoes. Another dish that involves eggs is huevos motulenos. The eggs are made on tortillas and covered with tomatoes, beans, peas, ham, and chilies.

Chilaquiles

A dish that doesn’t include eggs, but is seen during breakfast in Mexico is chilaquiles. It is tortillas that are stir fried with onions, spices, and sometimes with added chicken. It is topped with cheese and served with a type of gravy sauce.

Chocolate, Not Just Coffee

Mexicans love chocolate and enjoy it in the morning. You may be thinking of chocolate bars, but for residents of Mexico, it is to drink. The chocolate is thin discs that are put into water or milk and melted. People also add other ingredients that make it not the same as hot chocolate. This may include vanilla, cream, egg yolks, and cinnamon. Even though chocolate is a favorite, Mexicans still like having coffee in the morning like the rest of North America.

Mexican coffee is more light and nutty in flavor than coffee in the United States, with a touch of a chocolate taste. It is comparable to expensive brands of coffee in America. When drinking, it may leave a burnt aftertaste at first, but it becomes normal after a few sips. Coffee is Mexico’s most popular morning drink.

If ever on a vacation in Mexico, try staying at a bed and breakfast. You will be served an authentic Mexican breakfast. If you do not travel, look in your local white pages for your nearest Mexican restaurants. Many of them serve breakfast items.

Another good way on trying breakfast Mexican style is by searching for recipes and giving them a try. Once you try the foods, you might just add them to your everyday morning!


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