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Published on August 22nd, 2016 | by Burrito Recipes

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Seven Signs That Your Mexican Restaurant Would Get Laughed Out of Mexico

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Do you love Mexican food? If your answer is yes, let’s proceed to the lightning round: Do you know the difference between real and faux Mexican food? Nearly 100% of all Americans will tell you they like Mexican food, but many of them have no idea that their version of Mexican food was invented by a gringo from Tennessee so that people who aren’t familiar with Latic cuisine would visit Mexican restaurants. However, the best Mexican restaurants stay true to their roots and make the best Mexican food, just like their Abuela taught them.


If you aren’t sure you can distinguish between real or imitation Mexican food, take a quick look at our guide, below:


Seven Signs That Your Mexican Restaurant Would Get Laughed Out of Mexico

  1. There’s a burger on the menu.

    The hamburger originated in Kansas. (We do not know if that’s true. Actually we’re pretty sure the burger comes from anywhere other than Kansas. We’re Mexican food enthusiasts, not historians.) The point is, it sure didn’t come from Mexico. An authentic Mexican restaurant lives to represent the culture and food of Mexico. They are not concerned with catering to people who do not appreciate Mexican cuisine. If you don’t like Mexican food, they’ll suggest you visit that restaurant with yellow arches to get yourself a burger.

  2. They ask if you like your tacos with a soft or crispy shell.

    Traditional tacos come on a soft corn tortilla. The crispy taco shell was invented to sell Americanized-Mexican food to people who have no idea what it is. If you are interested in crispy tacos, you might like a tostada or a vampiro. If your version of Mexican food involves taco “shells,” it’s not authentic Mexican food.

  3. Your dish is made of ground beef.

    It’s a good sign if your Mexican restaurant uses asada, tripas, chorizo, adobado, lengua, or cesos on their menu. These are traditional forms of meat used in Mexican cuisine. Ground beef tacos was created by the great Mexican imitator, Taco Bell. We ain’t hatin on the Bell, but their food won’t be found south of the border. If the restaurant you’re at uses ground beef in their dishes, they’re cuisine is inspired by Taco Bell more than Mexico.

  4. Your meal is served on a sizzling platter.

    Fajitas are one of America’s favorite dinners. But let’s emphasize: they’re from America. Notice, every single popular American based chain restaurant eagerly offers fajitas on their menu. You will not find this if you cross the border. If your restaurant has fajitas as their special, you might have accidentally gone to Chili’s instead of a Mexican restaurant.

  5. You ask for salsa, and get Tabasco sauce.

    Don’t get us wrong, we love Tabasco sauce. But it doesn’t belong in authentic Mexican restaurants. Tabasco sauce comes from chili peppers that were grown and produced on farms in New Mexico; that’s north of the American border.


    What do authentic Mexican restaurants serve? Well everyone’s Abuelita has their own secret salsa recipe; if your salsa is made in-house, that a good sign. Also authentic Mexican cuisine involves heat. If the salsa comes with an icon of a mouth on fire, you might be in the right place.

  6. Your dishes is covered in grated cheese.

    If you order a quesadilla or tostada, it will be filled with melted white cheese. Some dishes, such as tacos, will have crumbles of Mexican queso on top. If your chef dropped a handful of shredded cheddar cheese on top of your taco before putting it on your plate, you are not in an authentic Mexican restaurant.

  7. Your entree is covered with a salad.
    Mexican dishes will have cilantro on top. They’ll have a few wedges of lime that you squeeze over it to give your meal some citrus. Perhaps, you’ll find a small amount of shredded cabbage on top of your entree for crunch. But if your dish is hidden under a salad of shredded iceberg lettuce and some diced tomatoes, it is probably not authentic.

There you have it. If you love Mexican food, you’re in good company. Some of the greatest citizens of the United States are enthusiastic about the cuisine of Mexico (read: we’re referring to ourselves here). However, if your go-to Mexican restaurant was described above, it is not authentic.


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