24 Mexican Restaurant Words You Need to Know

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1. Molé (moh-ley ) A sauce. The traditional mole includes many different spices and chocolate

Sources: Dictionary.com and spanishdict.com

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2. Guacamole (gwah-kuh-moh-lee):This well-known mashed up preparation of avocado literally means avocado sauce.

3. Salsa verde (sahl-sah verr’-day): Green sauce. Salsa, the dance, could have gotten it's name because it was a blend of styles.

4. Pico de gallo (pee-co de guy-o): A fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onions, chiles, and spices. This literally translates as 'beak of the rooster.'

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5. Enchilada (en-chuh-lah-duh): A tortilla rolled and filled with a seasoned mixture, usually containing meat, and covered with a sauce flavored with chili.Origin: enchilado or spiced with chili.

6. Tamales (tuh-mah-lee): Meat, cornmeal (masa) wrapped in corn husks. Note: Don't eat the corn husks.

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7. Ceviche (suh-vee-chey): Raw fish marinated in citrus juice, which essentially cooks the delicate fish.

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8. Paella (pah-ey-luh): Rice, chicken seafood, and other ingredients seasoned with saffron (the most expensive spice in the world)

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9. Chiles Rellenos (ruh-yey-nohs): A mild green chile, usually a poblano, that is stuffed with cheese and/or meat, dipped in batter and fried.

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10. Pollo (paw-yaw): Chicken

11. Carne (kahr-ney): Meat. The type of meat will be after the word. Beef is carne de vaca; pork is carne de chancho. Most restaurant will tell you in English the type of animal. Bistek is steak.Example: Chili con carne-Chili with meat

12. Camarón (cah-mah-rone’):ShrimpExample: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo-Shrimp in garlic (ajo) sauce.

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13. Cerveza (ser-ve-sah ): Beer. Go beyond Corona and get a Negra Modelo with a lime.

14. Sangría (sang-gree-uh): A refreshing wine-based drink flavored with sugar, fresh fruit, and soda. Often red as sangre means blood in Spanish

15. Agua fresca (ah’-goo-ah): Literally fresh water, this non-alcoholic drink is a light blend of fruit and water. Perfect for a day at the beach.

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16. Tres leches cake (trays lay'-chayes): A cake soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. The name is literally three milks cake.

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17. Helado frito (ay-lah’-do free-to): Fried ice cream. Ice cream is rolled in something crunchy, usually corn flakes, then doused in potent liquor and set on fire. Cinnamon sparks as it is sprinkled over.

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18. Pepitas (puh-pee-tuhs ): Pumpkin seeds.

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19. Queso fresco (kay’-so fres’-co): A mild, cow's milk cheese that does not melt. Similar in texture to feta cheese, but milder.

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20. Chipotle (chi-poht-ley ): Smoked jalapenos. Other types of chiles to keep an eye out for: pasillo, guajillo, chile de arbol, ancho. Beware the super-spicy habanero.

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21. Nopal (noh-pahl ): Prickly pear cactus (yes, you can eat cactus).

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22. Papas Fritas: French fries; literally fried potatoes.

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23.Frijoles (free-hohles): Beans, as in frijoles refritos, the ever popular refried beans.

24. Arroz (ar-roth’): Rice is a staple in Mexican cooking and arroz y frijoles (rice and beans) is served with nearly every dish.

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