Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

Delicious street eats!

Delicious street eats!

You’ve surely heard of the famous spicy chocolate sauce, mole poblano. But have you tried all these delicacies?

  • Chalupas: Small tortillas fried until they are little grease-sponges, topped with red or green salsa and pork or chicken. I love the taste of these, though I would recommend you go easy on them the first time around. All that grease is tasty but doesn’t always have a great after-effect.
  • Pelonas: Little fried sandwiches filled with pork or chicken, lettuce, and hot sauce.
  • Molotes: Giant, fried cornmeal pockets stuffed with your choice of ricotta cheese, potatoes, chicken in spicy tomato sauce, and other fillings, and then topped with red or green salsa and cream. Delicious!
  • Gorditas/Tlacoyos/Tlayoyos/Memelas: In my opinion, all these different regional names describe what is ultimately the same bean-filled tortilla patty. They are lightly fried and topped with salsa, lettuce and cheese at their most basic, or any combination of beef, cactus strips (nopal), dried ground chile sauce, etc.
  • Tamales: Warm and fluffy, tamales are a comforting breakfast or dinner option. They are made of steamed cornmeal and lard and are typically stuffed with mole poblano, cheese and chilies, chicken and green sauce, or you can get a “sweet” one, which is colored bright pink and may contain raisins or cream. You can even find gourmet tamales with fillings like strawberries and cream, sweet corn, huitlacoche (a seasonal corn fungus), etc. If, like me, you love your carbohydrates, be sure to get your tamal inside a torta (a white bread roll)!
  • Tacos: If you’re a meat lover, you’ll want to try all the varieties of tacos to be found here, among them: al pastor (spiced pork with pineapple and cilantro), carne asada (smoked meat), chorizo/longaniza (sausages), árabes (pork served with chipotle sauce, said to be of Lebanese origin), and many more!
  • Tortas: This isn’t just your ordinary sandwich– it’s a white bread roll with refried beans, avocado, chipotle or jalapeño peppers, mayonnaise, tons of Oaxacan cheese, and your choice of breaded pork or chicken, grilled chicken, etc.
  • Cemitas: Like a torta, but in a sesame seed-sprinkled bun and additionally garnished with olive oil and pápalo, a strong herb.
  • Esquites, elotes, and Tostiesquites: Fried corn in a cup with mayonnaise, lime juice, cheese, and hot sauce, or corn on the cob slathered in mayonnaise, lime juice, cheese, and chile powder, or, (and best of all in my opinion), a bag of green-chile-flavored Tostitos filled with fried corn, mayonnaise, cream, cheese, and 3 kinds of chilies. Divine!
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers: You may think you’ve had great hamburgers before, but you haven’t tried these! The hot dogs are pretty standard fare, bacon-wrapped and topped with mayonnaisse, ketchup, and jalapeños, but the hamburgers are much better than your typical street cart burger– they’re topped with mounds of Oaxacan cheese melted into fried mushrooms, pickled carrots and jalapeños, and, if you’ve ordered the “Hawaiian” version, a slice of ham and a pineapple patty.
  • Carnitas: Deep-fried pork served with tortillas or bread.
  • Cecina: Salted meat typically served with tortillas, bland cheese, avocado, and chilies.
  • Hot Cakes: Your everyday pancake, but served at night out of a cart! You can get them covered in jam, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate sprinkles, etc.

For more information on street food, check out Eating My Way Through Puebla, which even has recipes, and Soy Poblana.

8 Comment(s)

  1. jmelyan

    19 June 2013 at 12:19 am

    I can second the hamburger. I thought I died and went to heaven when I tried one!!

  2. iamlatham

    6 August 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Great Blog, Mine is all about Puebla too,please do check it out , and the facebook page is soypoblana 😀

  3. iamlatham

    6 August 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks!!! That is super great, do you have a facebook page / list of blogs you follow?

  4. iamlatham

    6 August 2013 at 4:43 pm

    cool, well that would be great if you could post something about it. Thanks in advice, and feel free to like the facebook page too 🙂 I m trying to get lots of followers, its
    I’ll add you to my blogs on my site too 🙂

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