24 Mexican Restaurant Words You Need to Know
Memorize these common menu item words to fool everyone into thinking you’re fluent in Spanish.
Molé (moh-leh): A sauce that includes many different spices and chocolate. And make sure you know these eight common Spanish phrases.
Guacamole (guah-kah-moh-leh): A mashed up preparation of avocado that literally means avocado sauce.
Salsa verde (sahl-sah verr’-day): Green sauce. Salsa, the dance, could have gotten it’s name because it was a blend of styles.
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.’ Use these fun but corny Spanish jokes to sharpen your foreign language skills even more!
Enchilada (ehn-chee-lah-dah): A tortilla (pictured on the left) rolled and filled with a seasoned mixture, usually containing meat, and covered with a sauce flavored with chili.Origin: enchilado or spiced with chili.
Tamales (tuh-mah-lehs): Meat and cornmeal (masa) wrapped in corn husks (pictured on the right). Note: Don’t eat the corn husks. (Here’s how people say grandma and grandpa around different parts of the world!)
Ceviche (say-vee-cheh): Raw fish marinated in citrus juice, which essentially cooks the delicate seafood. While traveling in Mexico, you won’t find these popular “Mexican” foods.
Chiles rellenos (chee-lehs reh-yeh-nohs): A mild green chile, usually a poblano, that is stuffed with cheese and/or meat, dipped in batter, and fried. (Here’s how to say “bless you” in other languages.)
Pollo (poh-yoh): Chicken.
Carne (kahr-neh): 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
Camarón (cah-mah-rone’):ShrimpExample: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo-Shrimp in garlic (ajo) sauce. Next time you plan a trip to another country, make sure you visit one of these 10 restaurants around the world that have incredibly weird dining experiences.
Cerveza (sehr-vay-sah): Beer. You could go beyond Corona and drink a Negra Modelo with a lime.
Sangría (sahng-gree-uh): A refreshing wine-based drink flavored with sugar, fresh fruit, and soda. Often red as sangre means blood in Spanish
Agua fresca (ah’-goo-ah freh-skah): Literally fresh water, this non-alcoholic drink is a light blend of fruit and water. Perfect for a day at the beach.
Tres leches cake
Tres leches (trays lay’-chayes): A cake soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. The name is literally three milks cake.