The Most Popular Mexican Dishes by Region

The region of central Mexico lives up its name by being the center of culinary fads and trends. Aside from modernized spins on familiar dishes, capital Mexico City and its surrounding areas have paved the way for quick and delicious street foods that reinterpret Central Mexican classics. Chiles rellenos (stuffed and roasted poblano peppers) and chilaquiles (fried corn tortillas topped with salsa or mole, as well as cheese and pulled chicken) will always be regional staples, though tortas (sandwiches) and elote (butter and mayo-enhanced corn on the cob) have been customized and re-imagined with ingredients like chorizo, fried eggs, and spicy sauces to entice food-savvy audiences everywhere.