Up until recently Australia didn’t have the greatest choice of Mexican food, with dishes often oversized, dripping with cheese and reinterpreted through a US lens. But an explosion in Mexican and Tex-Mex places now means we’re getting some of the best.
Going ‘south of the border’ cuisine-wise you expect great staples such as guacamole, rice, beans, cheese and salsas along with a variety of meats in dishes such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas. And luckily it’s all still there, but these days the tastes are more authentic and portions sizes more realistic.
Using fresh ingredients combined with the traditional, vibrant flavours of Mexico that include chilli, garlic, coriander and a mix of spices such as oregano and cumin, Mexican food is finally being showcased locally in the best light possible.
Most good Mexican places around town emphasise how healthy the food can be if done properly, while also offering vegetarian and gluten-free choices, and even some vegan and dairy-free variations on traditional dishes.
To get the best out of Mexican food you also need to have the right drinks. Tequila or mezcal with sangria on the side, Margarita’s or even a cold beer all help bring out the true flavours of the meal.
So, in the words of Speedy Gonzales “Ándale! Yeehaw”, it’s time to get out there and get tasting.