3 Dishes To Try At Your Next Mexican Cookout

Americans love Mexican food almost as much (if not more) as they love a traditional backyard BBQ. It is therefore not surprising that Mexican food is the 3rd most popular menu type in all of the US, representing as much as 8% of the overall national restaurant landscape. While most Americans are very familiar with popular Mexican dishes such as nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, there are a number of lesser-known Mexican dishes that remain to be discovered by many self-proclaimed Mexican food lovers. Here is a closer look at some of the more obscure dishes from the US’s neighbor in the South.

Tacos Envenenados

El Hefe, the brainchild of Riot Hospitality Group CEO Ryan Hibbert, serves up a range of authentic Mexican cuisine including tacos with a slight avant-garde twist.  When visiting the various region of Mexico, you will come across different takes on the traditional taco. In Zacatecas you will find the humble Tacos Envenenados which literally translates to ‘poisoned tacos’. Luckily the only thing remotely dangerous about these delightful eats is their high-calorie content as they are stuffed with greasy deliciousness. The filling generally consists of a scrumptious mix of potatoes, beans, chorizo, serrano chili, cumin, onion and cheese that is served in a freshly-made taco shell.

Carne En Su Jugo

While the direct translation of the name ‘meat in its juice’ may not sound very appetizing, the actual dish is absolutely delectable. The dish is can best be described as a watery stew and is traditionally served with heaps of diced onion, chopped cilantro and a sauce with substantial fire in it. Customarily made with beef flank and canto beans, some modern-day recipes also call for the inclusion of more lavish ingredients such as thickly-sliced bacon. Filling on its own, Carne En Su Jugo can also be served with freshly-baked soft tortillas or traditional  bolillos (Mexican white bread)


Pambazos is a very popular street food in Mexico City and rightly so. The white bread is soaked in a fiery red guajillo sauce prior to serving which gives it a distinct red color (and phenomenal taste). The traditional stuffing comprises of ample amounts of flavorsome potatoes and chorizo sausage although refried beans are also another popular choice. Not a fan of chorizo or beans? No problem! You can stuff the pambazo with any filling of your choice including spicy chicken or steak strips, bacon, avocado, salsa, shredded cheese, and guacamole.

There are very few things in life that can compete with full-bodied flavors and fresh ingredients that is typical of Mexican food. If you enjoy cooking up a storm there are a myriad of tantalizing recipes for you to try. If you are not comfortable replicating authentic Mexican cuisine in your own home, you can rest assured that you will be able to find a top-notch Mexican restaurant or take-out service close to home.

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