Our Favorite Delivery Mexican Dishes (That Aren’t Burritos)
We all love a good burrito, but sometimes a little change is a good thing! Most local Mexican restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes, and while it can be tempting to always go for everyone’s favorite foil-wrapped feast, there are many other tasty options to try. So next time you’re in the mood for a delivery Mexican meal, try one of these delicious and authentic dishes instead.
A classic Mexican entrée, chile relleno consists of a mild poblano pepper, stuffed with cheese or occasionally meat, battered and deep fried, and then smothered with sauce. It doesn’t get more comforting than that. Chile relleno is usually served as a plate with rice and beans, but don’t forget the tortilla chips to add a little crunch.
Rather than a specific dish, mole is actually a kind of sauce made from a variety of spices, often containing unusual ingredients such as chocolate. It’s usually served over meat, with a side of rice to soak up any extra sauce, and each chef will have their own signature recipe, so you’ll need to order from all of your local Mexican restaurants to find your favorite.
If you’ve never tried tamales, you’re in for a treat. A corn-based dough (think cornbread, but softer) is stuffed with tasty fillings such as shredded meat or cheese and then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. To eat them, you first need to carefully remove the corn husk wrapping, so it’s like opening a very tasty gift. We recommend ordering extra as tamales make delicious leftovers.
We’re sure you know what tacos are, but as one of the most popular delivery Mexican food orders after burritos, they deserve a spot on the list. While many Tex-Mex restaurants offer the choice between crispy and soft shells, authentic Mexican tacos usually come with small corn tortillas, piled high with minimal but flavorful fillings such as al pastor (spit-grilled pork with pineapple) or barbacoa (slow cooked beef with warming spices).
We have to start by confessing that Chimichangas aren’t actually an authentic Mexican dish, but this Tex-Mex favorite is too delicious to leave off our list. Second confession: a chimichanga is basically a burrito, but deep-fried until the outside gets nice and crispy. Top with salsa, sour cream and guacamole for an indulgent delivery Mexican feast.
While chilaquiles are traditionally served for breakfast, they are a great option for a takeout dinner as well. Small pieces of corn tortilla are fried, simmered in green or red sauce, and then sprinkled with cheese and other toppings such as salsa or avocado. It sounds basic, but tastes delicious! For a more substantial meal, try ordering them with a fried egg or shredded chicken.
You’ll often find flautas (also known as taquitos) on the menu as an appetizer, but we love them as a main course with a side of salad or rice and beans. Flautas are made with flour tortillas, which are rolled tightly around a simple filling such as shredded chicken, and then deep fried until they are perfectly golden and crispy.