The North is the largest of the seven regions. 1
This region includes the states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
El Norte's cuisine is extremely varied because it covers so much territory. 2
It covers 2,000 miles to be exact! Grilled beef and cheeses are the most representative food items from this region.
Queso fresco or fresh farmer's cheese hails from this region. 3
I had no idea, but the widest variety of cheeses in Mexico are produced in El Norte. From queso fresco to several types of asadero cheese, this is the region where it all happens.
Capirotada is bread pudding taken to another level. 5
Traditionally eaten during Lent, this is Mexico's version of bread pudding like none you've ever tried.
Wines in Baja California are an actual thing. 6
Believe it or not, Baja California is Mexico's oldest producing wine district.
The North Pacific Coast includes only four states. 7
This region includes the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima.
The north Pacific Coast's cuisine is known for its fish, fresh grains, fruits and vegetables. 8
Seafood is the dominant cuisine in this region, but it also has the widest selection of local cheeses and chiles.
Birria is one of the most famous dishes from this region. 9
Birria is essentially a goat or lamb stew made with chiles and spices.
Menudo is a dish made with the cow's tripe. 11
It's the dish to have after a night of drinks, according to my Mexican cousins.
Tequila hails from this region. 12
Made from the blue agave plant grown in the city of the same name, Tequila is Jalisco's pride and joy.
Chilorio is the state of Sinaloa's most famous dish. 13
I'd never heard of this dish, but I've learned it's made with pork and dried chiles.
The Bajio is the same thing as saying the lowlands region. 14
This region includes the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Querétaro.
This region resembles the central Spanish plains. 15
Rice, pork and spices are the main staples of this Bajio region.
Morisqueta is a simple yet delicious dish. 16
It's basically a rice and beans dish with salsa and crema.
Cajeta is something that shouldn't be missed. 18
Made of goat's milk, cajeta is Mexico's version of dulce de leche.
Queso cotija hails is originally from this region. 19
Named after the town of Cotija in the state of Michoacan, this cheese is has a very strong and distinct flavor.
Chongos are a type of dessert made with curdled milk. 20
They honestly don't sound incredibly appetizing, but they're so popular in Mexico that you can actually get chongos by the can.
The South Pacific Coast includes one of the states with the most renowned Mexican cuisine. 21
This region includes the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas.
The most indigenous of Mexico's cuisine hails from this region. 22
Oaxacan cuisine is among the country's most famous, particularly for its variety of moles.
Mole negro is only one of the several types that exist. 23
I'm traveling to Oaxaca in November and in preparation I've been researching its cuisine. Recently, I learned there are actually seven types of moles and Oaxaca is known as the Land of the Seven Moles.
Blandas are basically large corn tortillas. 25
They hail from the state of Oaxaca and they're pretty much served with every meal.
Try Chiapas' chiles only if you're brave enough. 26
They're are known to be among the country's hottest!
The South contains only three states, but they bring so much flavor to Mexico's cuisine. 27
This region includes the states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
The cuisine from this region is definitely influenced by the Mayan culture. 28
This means the food from this area is completely different from the rest of the country. Achiote, pictured here, is one of its main condiments.
Cochinita pibil is this regions most famous dish. 29
If you're ever travel to the Yucatán peninsula, do yourself a favor and look for a restaurant that serves this delicacy. You won't regret it.
Poc chuc is a simple dish packed with flavor. 30
It's a perfect summer recipe as it consists of grilled porked marinated in a citrus sauce accompanied with roasted onions.
The Gulf is the smallest region of the country. 32
This regions includes only two states: Tabasco and Veracruz.
This region's cuisine is a mix of indigenous, Afro-Cuban and Spanish influences. 33
Eating food from this region feels more like eating food from the Caribbean, including its selection of tropical fruits.
Huachinango a la veracruzana or red snapper Veracruz style is a signature dish. 34
If you love fish, you must try this dish!
Pollo encacahuatado is chicken in peanut sauce. 35
Pollo encacahuatado is the perfect dish for all peanut lovers out there!
Central Mexico is where you'll find the country's capital. 36
This region includes the states of Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and the Distrito Federal or Mexico City.
This region has Influences from other regions of Mexico as well as foreign countries. 37
This area's cuisine includes tortas, what Mexicans call sandwiches like the one pictured here.
Chiles en nogada is a typical dish from Puebla. 39
You can't go to the state of Puebla and not try this dish which is both beautifully presented and delicious.
And so is mole poblano. 40
This is not an easy dish to make, but once you try it, you'll want to have it again and again.