Food & Nutrition

8 Popular Mexican Foods You Actually Won’t Find in Mexico

It’s no secret that, in the United States, many international-inspired cuisines are actually very Americanized. But did you know that even some of your Mexican “favorites” are actually all but nonexistent in Mexico?

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Not-so-Mexican foods

Mexican vegan tacos with avocado and mushrooms on wooden backgroundPlaya del Carmen/Shutterstock

To the surprise of no one, Chipotle and Taco Bell are not accurate representations of the food you’ll actually find in Mexico. But even some of the items they sell, supposed Mexican “staples,” are actually completely American—or at least very Americanized. And this scoop about their food is only one of many secrets Chipotle employees won’t tell you.


Homemade tasty burrito with vegetables and beefAlexeiLogvinovich/Shutterstock

Those huge rolled-up hodgepodges of meat, cheese, and veggies are not a Mexican food, for all the Mexican places that have them. Tacos, yes; but burritos are essentially just an embiggened Americanization of them. “Burritos, as we know them here in the United States, can’t be found in Mexico,” explains Gerry Torres, owner of City Tacos in the San Diego area. Torres, who was born in Mexico City, says that you’d find “small tacos on flour tortillas,” not burritos. And he much prefers it that way! “Tacos are the perfect size and have the right protein to tortilla ratio, whereas burritos are often made using giant tortillas and not as much filler,” he told Reader’s Digest. 

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