The Most Popular Mexican Dishes by Region

While the desert-filled North prefers beef over every other meat, the tropical, Mayan-influenced South prefers chicken and fresh fruits and vegetables. Corn tortillas are served at nearly every meal. Sitting along the water also has its advantages, with huachinango a la veracruzana, a red snapper prepared with a light caper and olive-filled tomato sauce, being a specialty. There are also plenty of African influences, which means you wouldn't be shocked to find peanuts in various dishes.