Mexico City’s Street Food Scene

During a recent trip to Mexico City, I decided to spend a morning exploring three neighborhoods near my hotel in Reforma during a Street Food Tour.  My local guide, Ariane is a graduate from culinary arts school and has combined her interest in Mexican cuisine with tourism. Mexico City Street Food: A Beginner’s Guide was the first food tour developed by Eat Mexico 10 years ago and the street vendors highlighted during the tour have stayed the same since the beginning.  That’s a testament to how good the food stops are along the way.  

Tacos de Canasta are pre-made and stored in baskets until sold.
Pambazos are like tortas except that the bread is dipped in a red guajillo chile salsa and then fried. The result is a crunchy, chewy sandwich.

In all, we stopped at nine local businesses including a tortilleria, a juice stand, multiple taco stands and a dulceria (candy shop) that has been in business since the late 19thCentury.  My father is from Mexico City and I’ve traveled here more times than I can remember, but this was one of my most enjoyable, and delicious, experiences to date.  I also learned more fascinating details about tortillas than I could’ve imagined. Did you know there are 65,000 tortillerias in Mexico City?

The most nutritious corn tortillas are made from real, not industrialized, masa (dough).