Amazing Foods Of Oaxaca, Mexico
I spent some time traveling through the coastal region of the state of Oaxaca in July, sampling the foods and cuisine of the region. The land is rich with corn, wheat, bananas, coconuts, beef, pork and a lot of great seafood. I sampled everything I could, asking the local chefs how they prepared each meal and what types of nutritional value each variation supplied. The Oaxacans have been eating much the same diet for hundreds of years, and it sure is delicious.
The diet in Mexico is based primarily on corn tortillas, rice, black and pinto beans, beef, pork and seafood where available. Oaxaca is no different. When in Mexico, no matter where you are, you can count on great tacos. I would suggest trying the following types of tacos, as these are my favorite:
- Carne Asada: seasoned beef
- Carnitas: Seasoned, braised or roasted pork
- Fish: grilled or fried
- Al Pastor: marinated pork
- Tripa: spicy cow intestine
However, when in Oaxaca, it is important to try their special dishes. These include the following:
- Tlayudas: large, thick, leathery tortillas with all sorts of food, like a quesadilla but better!
- Cocido : beef, pork or chicken stew with garbanzos, string beans, squash, cabbage, carrots, bananas and cilantro and rice and chili sauce.
- Mole Negro : turkey and rice in mole sauce.
- Chiles Rellenos de Sardinas: chilies stuffed with fresh fish.
- Totopas: toasted tortillas with meat or vegetables.
Of course, all can be consumed with an ice cold Modelo, Corona or Dos Equis. But I would also suggest coconut juice. With an abundance, the cold coconut juice is amazing.
Tomorrow I'll let you know about the fresh seafood we found in some of the wonderful fishing villages throughout our travels.