Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, pozole and other wonders are part of the great Mexican flavor that has spread to other parts of the world. Ingredients such as tomatoes, cilantro, and a large variety of corn— 42 different species— and chilies that provide every imaginable level of spiciness are all part of the essence of Mexican cuisine.
Usually the dishes are served with tortillas, or perhaps it’s better to say that the dish is based on the tortilla, like tacos and burritos. It is said that the taco first appeared in Mexico and was the easiest way for women to start packing lunch for their husbands so they could go to work. The burrito comes from Chihuahua and one of the most popular stories of its origin relates that food was wrapped in a tortilla in the shape of a cylinder to keep it hot; regardless, the dish grew in popularity.
Mexico is also known for its mixtures of exuberant flavors, such as Aztec soup, which is made from tomato and chicken broth, accompanied by avocado, cheese, lime and fried tortilla chips. In Mexico it is also known as tortilla soup.
Mexican food has influenced so many countries that Mexican cuisine was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Location: Guiones, Nosara. In front of Harmony Hotel.(view on map)
Dish: Burrito borracho (drunk burrito). Beef ribs cooked for six hours in dark beer with crispy onions, accompanied by fresh tomatillo salsa and pico de gallo (chopped tomato, onion, cilantro and peppers in lime juice). Includes arugula and radish salad and homemade yuquitas (yucca bites) in addition.
Price: ¢5500 (about $10.30)
El Chivo Restaurant
Location: Playa Pelada, Nosara, where Pancho’s used to be.(view on map)
Dish: Appetizer of Aztec soup. Tomato soup with chicken, cheese, avocado, fried tortilla chips and cilantro.
Price: ¢2000 (about $3.75)
For more restaurants check out our “Food Guide”