Mexican food continues to be the most popular ethnic food segment in the United States with a 42% share of ethnic food sales. Mexican restaurants are often the preferred option when going out with friends and family because it can be difficult to create authentic Mexican food from home. However, the menu can be daunting because of the many Mexican dishes available. What's the difference between a burrito and a fajita? What about an enchilada and quesadillas? Here is the breakdown of what to expect at the best Mexican restaurants when ordering some of the most popular food options
An enchilada is a rolled corn tortilla with the option of a variety of fillings and served with a chili sauce, a mild, red chili sauce, and cheese. Enchiladas can be filled with meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, or even combinations.
A burrito is a rolled flour tortilla with the option of a variety of fillings. It is wrapped into a closed-ended cylinder, in contrast to a taco, where the tortilla is simply folded around the filling. Burritos can also be filled with meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, or any combination.
According to the website The Daily Meal, the word "quesadilla" roughly translates to "little cheesy pastry" in Spanish and it's a fairly accurate description, although instead of true pastry, a corn or flour tortilla is commonly used. Quite simply it is two tortillas with cheese melted in between. You can opt to also have many other fillings along with the cheese such as meats or vegetables.
A fajita refers to any grilled meat usually served on a flour or corn tortilla. This is a dish where some assembly is required. You can put together your fajita with cheeses, sour cream, salsa, onions, peppers, rice, beans and more! Make sure you ask for all the fillings you want to be included. When you hear a dish sizzling, it is most likely a fajita!
The best Mexican restaurants out there will offer fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos, and it is up to you to know exactly what you're ordering. Whether you are looking for a corn based or flour based tortilla, something extra cheesy, or a sizzling grilled masterpiece knowing the various Mexican dishes available will be helpful the next time you're out with friends. Make sure you share your knowledge so that everyone can order what they want!