Eat Mexico Culinary Tours: Mexico City Walking Tours for Foodies

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Eat Mexico Culinary Tours are some of the best food tours in Mexico City. If you’re like me, then you’ll read Eat Mexico reviews like this one before you decide.

Go ahead. Soon you’ll understand that if you’re looking at Mexico City walking tours or any kind of Mexican street food tour in the capital, then look up Eat Mexico. There are many food tours in Mexico City. Few compare to Eat Mexico Culinary Tours.

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Eat Mexico Culinary Tours: Mexican Street Food

We love exploring Mexico and have enjoyed Mexico City every time we visit and discover something new every time. With this in mind, we’ve wanted to find ways to understand Mexican people and culture better with each visit. Food tours in Mexico City and other Mexico City walking tours looked like the best opportunity.

Food is one of the most accessible windows into the culture of a place, and Mexico City street food is famous for being cheap, diverse and delicious. That’s why we knew that we had to take a Mexican street food tour somewhere, somehow.

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Mexico City Walking Tours for Foodies

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Enter Eat Mexico Culinary Tours. They offered us two spots on a Mexican street food tour the last time we were in town, so we jumped at the chance.

Eat Mexico has a variety of food tours in Mexico City and Puebla — from nightlife to early morning markets. With that in mind, I thought the Mexico City street food tour would work best for us. After all, once the tour was over, we’d be better prepared to seek out some sidewalk delicacies on our own.

We had a great time using Eat Mexico Culinary Tours and recommend them as one of the best food tours in Mexico City. If you’re looking at some Mexico City walking tours and love to eat, then read on.

TDLR: A Quick Summary of Eat Mexico’s Mexico City Street Food Tour

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Okay, so this post is quite long, but if you’re interested in Eat Mexico Culinary Tours and just want the highlights, then see below. Look through all the food tours in Mexico City and other Mexico City walking tours and judge for yourself. Below I highlight the benefits of this street food tour, and then after I walk you through each stop along the way.

Knowledgeable & Considerate Guide

Our guide, Anais, was charming, knowledgeable, and considerate. She made sure we were with her at all times, crossing busy roads and navigating crowded markets and sidewalks. She took note or what we all sampled everything we liked. And she also noticed the little things. For example, she handed us napkins when our faces got messy and threw away those napkins as soon as we appeared finished with them.

Some food tours in Mexico City only take you to eat here and there. Anais made sure we knew the background of each dish and its origins. There were bits of history mixed in with the tastings.

Safe & Flat Walk

Many cities we love in Mexico are quite hilly (Guanajuato City and San Miguel de Allende come to mind).

However, Eat Mexico’s food tours in Mexico City are over fairly flat terrain, and with few (if any) stairs. You are walking through a business district and the hip and charming Zona Rosa area. The only safety concerns worth mentioning is that you’ll be near some hot surfaces — so make sure little kids keep their hands away from ovens and grills.

Varied & Accommodating Menu

Don’t like spicy food? Fear not. Neither does my daughter, yet she was able to enjoy everything. The spicy sauces are optional. Vegetarians and vegans are also welcome on this tour, but I’d let them know ahead of time as most dishes have some meat or cheese component.

You Will Be Full

This Mexico City Walking Tour hits a lot of street food stalls: all in all, we stopped for samples at ten different places. Some were as small as a simple tortilla. Others were much more filling. Eat Mexico Culinary Tours do their best to make sure you don’t leave hungry.

Pace Yourself (See Above)

At first, just having a small sample here and there may not sound as filling. Yet consider that a lot of the best Mexican street food and the food tours in Mexico City all involve meat, cheese, bread and masa, the cornmeal used to make tortillas and more. This stuff is delicious and heavy. My daughter and I skipped breakfast before our Eat Mexico Culinary Tour and I’m glad we did.

Prep for the Day

Food tours in Mexico City involve lots of walking, and Mexico City is (usually) a sunny town. In addition, consider its altitude: Mexico City is over 2,000 feet higher than Denver, Colorado, the “Mile-High City.” With this in mind remember that any Mexico City walking tours have the potential of sunburn and dehydration. The weather may feel cool, but it’s deceiving. Use sunscreen and bring a bottle of water with you. Of course, you can grab one on the way, but staying hydrated is important.

The Best Mexico City Walking Tour for Foodies

Okay, let’s walk you through our Eat Mexico street food tour. Like the best food tours in Mexico City, we sampled lots of dished and learned about each one. Most Mexico City walking tours begin in the morning or evening, and for Mexican street food, it was best to start in the morning.

We met our guide Anais in Cuauhtémoc, part of the old downtown Mexico City and home to much of the business district. Where you have businesspeople, you have loads of street food. As we soon saw on our tour, many of the stands have lines of people in suits and ties picking up breakfast or lunch.

Tamales & Atole: Eat Mexico Culinary Tours

Tamales & Atole: Eat Mexico Culinary Tours: Mexico City Walking Tours for Foodies

Our first stop was for tamales. Wrapped in corn husks, Anais ordered four flavors for us. The first she unwrapped was bright pink — almost red. This was “the sweet one,” she told us. Then there was the more savory “Green one.” The last two had a kick to them. The rajas tamale used various peppers such as jalapeno and arbol. And the fourth used a rich mole sauce.

With all four tamales laid out for us, we were free to try them all. There was no consensus on favorite tamales. For example, I went for the spicier versions, where my girl chose the “sweet” one (naturally).

To wash it down, our guide offered us warm cups of atole, a traditional drink made from corn. Sweet and slightly viscous, we tried two flavors. The original version was sweetened with cinnamon & cane sugar, while the second was chocolate.

Once everyone had had their fill, Anais announced that it was time to move on. Both she and the vendors took care of all trash and cleanup at every stop. There were a lot of stops ahead on our tour of Mexico City, so we had to get going.

Chicharron & Tortillas: Food Tours in Mexico City


Now it was time to enter a Mexico City market. Anais guided down an aisle to a chicharron seller. Usually called “pork rinds” or “pork cracklings” in the United States, chicharron is the fried skin of a pig. Crunchy, savory and slightly nutty, chicharron is common throughout Mexico. Any food tours in Mexico City or other parts of the country will likely involve a stop for chicharron.

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After a quick sample, we move on to a tortillaria — small stores where they make fresh tortillas daily. Tortillas are the mainstay of Mexican food culture. As we’ve seen in our travels in Guanajuato State, in the Yucatan Peninsula, and in Oaxaca, tortillarias are everywhere in Mexico.

In every town in the country, you will find tortillas made like this fresh every day. I’ve walked past so many tortillarilas over the past six months. Yet this was the first time to step inside one. With Eat Mexico Culinary Tours, we were able to walk into the back and see exactly how they were made. Not all food tours in Mexico City do that.

The Masa-Making Process: Mexican Food at its Core

Anais told us about the process of making masa, the cornmeal flour used for so much Mexican cuisine. She also explained nixtamalization, the process used to treat the cornmeal in order to get the full nutritional value. This is an incredibly important step. For example, she said, when the Spanish came, they took masa to their other colonies to feed the workers. However, they didn’t process the masa, and many died of malnutrition.

We watched as three men worked the machine to make the tortillas. It was hard work, but fascinating to see the entire process.

Next Anais offered us a freshly-cooked tortilla. She explained how to fold it. Did you know that there are a “thick” side and a “thin” side to tortillas? Fold it thin-side in, and it creases nicely. Fold it thin-side out and it may peel or fray. There were several sauces offered, but Anais told us to try our first bite plain or with a dash of salt. I’m glad she did. I was surprised just how nice a fresh, plain tortilla could taste when it was still warm from the oven.

Masa — Mexican Street Food’s Foundation

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Now it was time to see what else could be done with Mexico’s beloved masa. Go on any of the many Mexico City walking tours and, you’ll get hungry quickly. One of the most common stands yoU’ll see was the one we were standing at now.

Much of what we think of as Mexican food has masa — the processed corn meal — at its base. Tacos, quesadillas, sopes, huaraches and other typical Mexican dishes start with masa. Some use a thin disk, while other use a thicker oblong shape. The size, thickness, and texture of the masa often determine the dish.

At our next stop, we tried a variety of dishes. Some thick, some thin, and with ingredients of our choice of ingredients. My girl went with chicken, while I chose huitlacoche. Eaten for centuries, huitlacoche is a fungus that grows on corn.

It goes by several names in English. There is the unflattering “corn smut” (I’m not kidding), but I prefer the more elegant “Mexican truffle.” Musky, earthy and delicious, it’s probably best described as the sum of its parts.

In other words, if you like corn and you like mushrooms, then you should try it. We’ve been in Mexico for about six months at the time of writing, and this was the first time I’d tried it. It’s good. I’ve seen it at markets and the grocery store, and will now attempt to cook it on my own.

Moving on, our next stop was like a literal food court on a narrow sidewalk. At least a dozen stalls, each selling something different, and it all looked so good.

Cemitas & Carnitas: Eat Mexico Culinary Tours

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Our first stop here was for cemitas Poblanas, a special sandwich from Puebla, a beautiful town about an hour from Mexico City. Using a special sesame seed-covered bread, each loaf is cut open and the fluffy filling removed. More room for all chicken, pork, avocado, and Oaxacan-style string cheese.

My girl can’t eat the spicy stuff, so alas, I eschewed the chipotle peppers I wanted. But still….delicious.

Only a few paces away we approach a stand selling carnitas: tacos made from pork simmered so long that it melts in your mouth. Anais explains that at most carnitas stands, you must tell them what part of the pig you want. It could be the tender shoulder, or it could be a specific organ (offal meat is common in Mexico).

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Anais told us we had three choices. We could order a specific carnitas cut, we could ask her for recommendations or we could choose option three: “surprise me.” My girl chose the shoulder, and it was so tender and full of flavor I almost regretted my choice.

Almost.

Instead of the “surprise me” option, I asked Anais what some of the options were. She had my attention when she said “pig uterus.” I decided to go with that one. After living in Taiwan for nearly three years, I had grown accustomed to eating nearly every part of the pig. So why not? It was delicious, especially when sprinkled with onions, cilantro, and one if several hot sauces on offer.

That’s one of the things I liked about Eat Mexico’s tour over some other food tours in Mexico City and other places. Here we were given a choice of something bizarre or something more aligned with one we’ve eaten before.

Pambazos: Mexico City Walking Tours

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We left the streetside food court and headed for a new stand. It was time to try pambazos: grilled sandwiches where the bread soaks in salsa before hitting the griddle. By this time, I was already getting full. This is a lot of bread, cheese, meat, and masa, after all. But I persevered. Everything was so good and fresh I just had to soldier on. And I’m so glad I did.

From here we walked a few blocks to a burrito stand. Made fresh to order, there were the usual ingredients you might expect. Yet this burrito has something special inside: zucchini flowers.

The cook was busy when we arrived, so Anais placed our order and we walked a few paces down the sidewalk.

Here is when we arrived at my favorite Mexican street food stall of them all: seafood tostadas.

Tostadas & Burritos: Eat Mexico Culinary Tours

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Imagine fresh, delicate morsels of shrimp, ceviche, and octopus. Now imagine them piled onto a crisp tostada with mayonnaise, onions, and cilantro. A variety of optional hot sauces are there to experiment with. Yet the only required extra ingredient is a squeeze of lime.

Magnificent.

Honestly, I was on my way to stuffed already, but suddenly I was ready to eat five of these. A couple sitting at the stall said that they stumbled onto it and were on their third round.

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Once we had all devoured the seafood tostadas, we walked back over to the burrito stand. Everything was just about ready. The cook sang loudly as he chopped the grilled ingredients and added a final touch of zucchini flowers. The result: crisp and chewy Oaxacan cheese on the outside, savory beef and a slight crunch of the flowers on the inside.

Everyone in our group was beginning to show signs of gastronomic fatigue. After all, we had been eating little by little for the past 2+ hours. I was so glad that we had skipped breakfast so that we’d have room for everything. My girl was close to surrender. She just couldn’t finish the burrito, but when she heard about our final stop, her stomach miraculously grew larger.

Coffee & Mexican Sweets: Eat Mexico Culinary Tours

coffee & cubanitos. Eat Mexico Culinary Tours: Mexico City Walking Tours for FoodiesOur final two stops were the perfect end to our Mexico City food tour: coffee and dessert. Less than a block away was a corner stand that served excellent coffee. For those who aren’t java fans, tea and other beverages were available. I ordered a Cubanito (double espresso). With only the smallest amount of sugar (maybe 1/3rd of a teaspoon or less?), I had it just the way I wanted. The crema on top was buttery smooth.

Now it was time to walk — a welcome activity considering the food coma by body was trying to slip into. A few blocks from the coffee stand was Dulceria Celaya. The traditional Mexican candy shop had was loaded with lots of appealing sweets. The only problem was that Anais told us to choose only one! Hard decisions. There were candied fruits, polverones (sugar-cookie like treats originally from Spain), and chocolate and nougat in a variety of forms.

And of course, there were treats made out of cajeta: goat’s milk caramel. My family consumes a jar of cajeta every other week. That’d probably be two or three jars if we let the kids eat as much as they wanted.

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My girl settled on a chocolate-covered marshmallow and bought a disk of cajeta with her own money. I asked Anais what her favorite was and chose that: a candied lime peel filled with shredded coconut.

As soon as we stepped out of the shop, my girl asked: “We can come back here before we leave town, right?”

Have You Taken Food Tours in Mexico City?

Where did you go? What did you eat. Does it compare with Eat Mexico Culinary Tours? Or have you tried other Mexico City walking tours worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments!

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Disclosure: Eat Mexico sponsored our food tour.  However, my opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help you find great food tours in Mexico City and other great Mexico City walking tours. This Eat Mexico culinary tours review was honest — everything was amazing and I wish we had time to do their other tours! In fact, we went back to many of these spots later on our own!

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