The People's Guide To Mexico

Letters: Food

Food Index page

Mexican Food

Eggs with dreaded meat, eggs with fool and fruit with not ice cream were on a menu at the Huizache Motel restaurant in Saltillo on the first night I ever spent in Mexico (headed for San Miguel in l965).
Joan Parker

Menu Translations


•El Taco de Huitzilopochtli

Like the Aztec god of war that the restaurant was named after there is nothing subtle about El Taco de Huitzilopochtli. It is easily the most intensely Mexican restaurant that I've ever visited....Traditional Mexicans love to express their exuberance of things Mexican. When the exuberance is coupled with the talent of a skilled host and chef, and finally amplified by the strong will of a cultural aficionado, the result can be spectacular.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell.

Tamales Dulces (Sweet Tamales)

Tamales are a true labor of love. Considering the work involved you'll want to make fair sized batches and recruit help! ...Complete recipe and delicious step-by-step instructions. (more) by Taylor Benson

The Ultimate Seafood Cocktail Sauce

"Dear Carl and Lorena: I became addicted to cocteles de mariscos and desperately want a good recipe for the red sauce so I can try and reproduce un coctel at home. Can you help? Thanks!" Justin

In response: David "El Codo" Eidell shares his ultimate seafood cocktail sauce ....

Perfect Popcorn

Over the years, Lorena and I have expended a great deal of time and energy in our restless search for perfection: The Perfect Mexican Beach, The Perfect Camping Spot, The Perfect Hammock, etc. Now, after decades of ceaseless research and no small number of old maids, we are pleased to offer you the recipe for... Perfect Popcorn.... (more) by Carl Franz & Lorena Havens

Gisela's Flan

This non-traditional flan was prepared for us by Gisela, when we stayed in Ken & Barbara Luboff's house in San Miguel de Allende. I have always been a serious flan fan, but Carl has never liked it. However, even he can't seem to stay away from this flan.... (more) by Lorena Havens

Garlic Soup

Eat enough of this Mexican favorite and it will protect you from stomach troubles, mosquitoes and unwanted company.... (more) from The People's Guide to Mexico

•Chiles Rellenos con Queso

Sometime back through the mists of time, I remember a Mexican woman teaching Lorena and me how to make Chile Steve Rogers

•Seasons of My Heart

Video tapes of cooking lessons: Susana Trilling:

The series is a treasure. The shows are split about 50/50 between cooking demonstrations and "field trips" taking us to peoples' homes, to markets, to farms and to villages. These side trips show the food in context, demonstrating the culture of the food and people of Oaxaca. by P.G. Meier

•Dinner with Doña Mica

It was a balmy spring evening in Batopilas and the air was rich with the scent of orange blossoms. As Lorena and I walked from our hotel to doña Mica's house for dinner, the town's narrow streets were dark and virtually Carl Franz

•MamaSol: Vegetarian Fusion Cooking

Enchiladas Suizas, Amber’s Black Bean Soup, Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup), Frijoles de la Olla & Flan by Amber Zavada


I'm a youth minister, and over the past few years, I've taken groups of kids to Reynosa to help out at an orphanage. After finishing our jobs, on our last full day in Mexico, I took them to the tourist district where they could buy blankets, drink 'aguas' etc. They had a ball and after we met back in the plaza, they said they wanted pizza for dinner.


Let’s talk about prices. Lorena and I finally gave in and went shopping in Guadalajara. I say “gave in” because we enjoy the laid-back, Chapala “lakeside” so much that we’ve postponed errands in the city. Also, there is very little that we need here, that can’t be found here. Even such elemental, “can’t live without” essentials as extra virgin olive oil, tofu, popcorn, and an occasional bag of greasy potato chips are available just a few blocks from us....but, as Lorena pointed out, we still didn’t have a carrot juice machine.... (more) by Carl Franz

For more about shopping

he People's Guide to Mexico
13th edition
Discover why generations of travelers say they wouldn't cross the border without it! Read the award-winning book: The People's Guide to Mexico

Support The People's Guide to Mexico. Click the frog - Donate!

©1972-2011 by Carl Franz & Lorena Havens