There are thousands of Mexican restaurants around the country, and you enjoy them all. While the food might be delicioso, that doesn't mean it's authentic. Here are some signs that you are not eating at an authentic Mexican restaurant.
There's queso everywhere
You probably find this one surprising because you see queso all the time when you go out for Mexican food. This is not to say that cheese should not be found at all in authentic Mexican food, but it shouldn't be all over everything. Additionally, in Mexico, chips are only dipped in guacamole or salsa, not in queso.
You ordered pico de gallo
Pico de gallo is really not authentic Mexican food because it's not real salsa. Salsa it either green or red, verde or salsa roja. The reason pico de gallo is not considered authentic Mexican food is that it's too mild. You won't find any mild salsa at an authentic Mexican restaurant.
There's no corn tortillas
If the menu only has flour tortillas, you're not at an authentic Mexican restaurant. The preferred tortilla in most authentic Mexican restaurants is the corn tortilla. This is mostly because it came before the flour tortilla and dates all the way back to Mesoamerican civilizations. When the Spanish came and took over, they deemed corn to be unfit for human consumption, so the flour tortilla was born.
They have flavored margaritas
What do you mean? Flavored margaritas are my favorite!! While these might be true, flavored margaritas are not considered authentic. Traditionally, an authentic margarita only has three ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. It's almost always served on the rocks with a lime wedge. That means frozen margaritas aren't authentic, either. While flavors like strawberry, mango, and coconut are delicious, they are not considered authentic.
It is believed that Mexican cuisine was derived from food that was prepared by the Mayan Indians, dating all the way back to more than 2,000 years ago. While Mexican food has come a long way since then, it still stays true to its roots. If you spot pico de gallo, queso, flour tortillas, or flavored margaritas, you're probably not eating authentic Mexican food.