Mexican food is considered one of the best in the world, and with Mexico being rightnext door, you may be tempted to visit next time you’re in San Diego to have a try.

Because of this, we’ve compiled a short list of Mexican dishes you absolutely must try. If you love Mexican food, traveling to Mexico to enjoy real deal can be tempting; butwith cuisine so colorful and varied that is recognized by UNESCO, it’s hard to know where to start.

Whether you’re visiting Mexico for only one day or you’ve rented one of our vans to explore the coast, there are countless of options to choose from, so we’ve compiled a small list of dishes you can’t miss!


A dish seeped in tradition, Pozole has been around since the 16th century, and there’s an excellent reason for that!

Made with hominy, pork, and an assortment of vegetables and herbs, this is the kind of hearty stew that will keep you energized through the day.

Though typically served during Holidays and other celebrations, it’s relatively easy to find this particular dish, though you may have to hit a mercado or two before finding it.

Chiles en Nogada

Originally from the state of Puebla, Chiles en Nogada is a traditional dish that can only be found from July to September. The dish consists of a large poblano chili stuffed with picadillo –a mix of meat, aro-matics, and nuts– covered in Nogada sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Though made with chili, the dish is surprisingly mild, mixing the best qualities of salty and sweet foods to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Finding a good Chile en Nogada will require a bit of research, as all restaurants across town will compete to see who has the best one, but the dish is worth it.


A breakfast dished loved through Mexico; Chilaquiles are often a win amongst Tex-Mex food lovers.

Made with chicken or eggs, tortilla chips, fresh cream, and cheese, onion and bathed in salsa, this is the kind of dish that will have you coming for more and more.

As you can imagine, these can get quite spicy depending on where you buy them, but you can always request more cream if you need some help handling the heat.


The Mexican sandwich, Tortas are the perfect dish to take along with you during a road trip down the Mexican coast.

They’re often large, affordable and incredibly varied, which means you can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You might be overwhelmed at first with the sheer variety of tortas you’ll find, so if that happens, make sure to ask for a “torta de milanesa”; You can’t go wrong with breaded chicken.

Pescado a la Veracruzana

Hailing from the state of Veracruz, this is a dish you can find in just about any seafood restaurant.

This fish-based dish combines both pre-Colombian and Spanish cooking methods, resulting in the kind of flavor you just won’t find outside of Mexico.

Made with red snapper, a special sauce, olives, onions, tomato, garlic, jalapeños, and other delicious ingredients, this baked dish has a bit of a Mediterranean spirit without abandoning the kick Mexican cuisine is known for.

There are many more dishes to try, so next time you’re visiting Mexico, don’t be afraid of exploring a little.