食べ物 / Food

Why we love Mexican cuisine.

Mexican cuisine is loved around the world for its diversity and unique flavors. Here are some of the attractions of Mexican cuisine:

多様性 / Diversity

Diversity: Mexican cuisine is diverse due to the vast territory and the existence of various food cultures depending on the region. For example, the northern region has many beef dishes while the central region has more dishes centered around corn, and different ingredients and cooking methods are used depending on the region.

健康的 / Healthy

Healthy: Mexican cuisine includes many nutrient-rich foods such as beans, corn, and fresh vegetables. In addition, there is a tendency to avoid fatty and sweet foods, and it is also noted as a healthy meal.

独特な味わい / Unique Flavors

Unique flavors: Mexican cuisine is known for using unique spices such as chili, coriander, cumin, and oregano. Therefore, various flavors such as spicy, sour, sweet, and savory are mixed, which stimulates the appetite.

豊富な種類 / Rich variety

Rich variety: There are many dishes in Mexican cuisine such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chili con carne, guisados, pozole, and mole. Therefore, there is a wide variety of meals, and it never gets boring.

文化的な背景 / Cultural background

Cultural background: Mexican cuisine has a strong influence from Aztec and Spanish culture. Therefore, it is an attractive cuisine culture where you can touch on history and culture.


Typical Mexican cusine 


Tacos: A Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla filled with meat, fish, vegetables, etc.

ブリトー (Burritos)

Burritos – large tortillas stuffed with meat, rice, cheese, salsa, and other ingredients.


Enchiladas: A Mexican dish made by rolling meat, cheese, sauce, or other ingredients inside a tortilla.


Guacamole: A dip made from mashed avocados.

チリレノ(Chile Relleno)

Chile Relleno: A Mexican dish consisting of a stuffed, fried chili pepper.


Tostada is a type of Mexican dish that consists of a fried tortilla topped with beans, meat, vegetables, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and other toppings. The tortilla is fried to achieve a crispy texture, which gives the dish a satisfying crunch.


Chimichanga: A Mexican dish made by wrapping meat or vegetables in a tortilla and deep-frying it.


Pozole: A Mexican soup made by simmering pork or chicken with white corn.


Fajita: A Mexican dish made by wrapping vegetables or meat in a tortilla.


Carnitas: A Mexican dish made by slowly cooking pork until it is tender.


Tamale: A Mexican dish made by wrapping meat or vegetables in a dough made from cornmeal and steaming it.


Mole: A Mexican sauce made with chocolate, nuts, and spices, often used to flavor meat dishes.

ピピアン・ベルデ(Pipian Verde)

Pipian Verde is a green sauce used in traditional Mexican cuisine. Its main ingredients include pumpkin seeds, tomatillos (green tomatoes), and green chili peppers such as jalapeños. These ingredients are ground together and seasoned with broth and spices, and then poured over meat dishes such as chicken or pork.

エンサラダ・デ・ナパール(Ensalada de nopales)

“Ensalada de nopales” is a type of Mexican cuisine salad that uses the leaves of a cactus called nopales.


Amarillo is a yellow sauce commonly used as a side dish for meat dishes such as chicken and pork in Mexican cuisine. It is made by sautéing chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro, and thickening it with bread crumbs, almonds, or other thickeners. The sauce is then poured over chicken or pork and served.

カルド・デ・レソ(Caldo de Res)

Caldo de Res: A Mexican soup made by simmering beef, vegetables, and spices.


Quesadilla: A Mexican dish made by filling a tortilla with cheese or meat and cooking it on a griddle.

タコス・アル・パストール(Tacos al Pastor)

Tacos al Pastor: A Mexican dish made by marinating pork in spices and then grilling it, then stuffing it into a tortilla.

カルネ・アサダ(Carne Asada)

Carne Asada: A Mexican dish made by grilling beef.


Barbacoa: A Mexican dish made by slow-cooking beef or lamb at a low temperature for a long time.


Poblano: A Mexican dish made with Poblano chili peppers, often used in Chile Rellenos or Mole.

シュレッドビーフ(Shredded Beef)

Shredded Beef: A Mexican dish made by cooking beef and then shredding it. Often used in dishes like tacos or enchiladas.

肉の種類 / Various ypes of meat

Various types of meat are used in Mexican cuisine. The representative types of meat are as follows:

牛肉 (Carne de res)

Beef (Carne de res) – Beef is widely used in Mexican cuisine such as tacos, birria, carne asada, fajitas, and more.

豚肉 (Carne de cerdo)

Pork (Carne de cerdo) – Pork is commonly used in soups and stews such as pozole and chili con carne.

鶏肉 (Pollo)

Chicken (Pollo) – Chicken is used in dishes such as enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, and more.

羊肉 (Carne de cordero)

Lamb (Carne de cordero) – Lamb is used in some dishes like birria.

シーフード (Mariscos)

Seafood (Mariscos) – Seafood is often used in dishes such as seafood chili and seafood enchiladas.

ウサギ肉 (Carne de conejo)

Rabbit (Carne de conejo) – Rabbit meat is used in some states for dishes like mole and stew.

イノシシ肉 (Carne de jabalí)

Wild boar (Carne de jabalí) – Wild boar is used in some regions, especially in the north, for dishes like mole and birria.

調理方法 / Various cooking methods

Mexican cuisine is known for its diverse flavor profiles and rich textures, and it is popular worldwide. Here are some typical cooking methods used in Mexican cuisine:

  1. 焼く (Asar) 肉や野菜をグリルで焼くことが一般的です。焼くことで食材に独特の風味が付きます。
    Grilling (Asar): Meat and vegetables are commonly grilled, giving the ingredients a distinct flavor.
  2. 煮る (Cocer) シチューやスープなどを作る際に使用されます。野菜、肉、魚などを煮込み、スパイスやハーブで風味を加えます。
    Boiling (Cocer): This method is used to make stews, soups, and other dishes. Vegetables, meat, fish, etc. are cooked and flavored with spices and herbs.
  3. 揚げる (Freír) タコスやチムチャンガ、チュロスなどを揚げることが一般的です。揚げ物はカリカリに仕上がり、香ばしい味わいが楽しめます。
    Frying (Freír): Tacos, chimichangas, churros, and other foods are often fried, resulting in a crispy texture and a delicious, savory flavor.
  4. 蒸す (Cocinar al Vapor) タマリンドやアボカドの葉を使って、魚や肉、野菜などを蒸します。蒸し器を使用することが多いです。
    Steaming (Cocinar al Vapor): Fish, meat, vegetables, etc. are steamed using tamarind or avocado leaves. Steaming is often done using a steamer.
  5. 塩漬けにする (Curtido) キャベツやニンジン、唐辛子などを塩水に漬け、発酵させます。塩辛い味わいが特徴的で、タコスやバラードなどと一緒に食べることが多いです。
    Pickling (Curtido): Cabbage, carrots, chili peppers, etc. are pickled in salt water and allowed to ferment. The resulting salty flavor is characteristic and often enjoyed with tacos or burritos.
  6. 燻製にする (Ahumar) チポトレやアドボなどのスパイスを使って、肉や魚を燻製にします。独特のスモーキーな風味が加わり、肉の旨味を引き立てます。
    Smoking (Ahumar): Using spices such as chipotle or adobo, meat and fish are smoked, resulting in a unique smoky flavor that enhances the meat’s natural flavor.

By combining these cooking methods, a wide range of delicious Mexican dishes can be created.

メキシコ料理チェーン店 / Mexican food chain restaurants

There are many Mexican food chain restaurants in the United States. Here are some of the most representative ones:

Chipotle Mexican Grill – チポトレ・メキシカングリル
Taco Bell – タコベル
Qdoba Mexican Eats – クドバ・メキシカン・イーツ
Moe’s Southwest Grill – モー・サウスウェスト・グリル
Del Taco – デルタコ
El Pollo Loco – エル・ポロ・ロコ
Baja Fresh – バハ・フレッシュ
On The Border – オン・ザ・ボーダー
Tijuana Flats – ティファナフラッツ
Rubio’s Coastal Grill – ルビオズ・コースタル・グリル

まとめ / Summary

Mexican cuisine is not only delicious, but also visually stunning and rich in cultural background. It may be a bit challenging for those who are not fond of spicy food, but Mexican cuisine offers a diverse range of flavors that never get old. I highly recommend diving into the world of Mexican cuisine to discover your own favorite flavors. You will definitely expand your culinary horizons and discover a whole new world of food.