5 Kid-Friendly Mexican Dishes

Kids are picky eaters, there is no getting around that, but that doesn’t mean you have to lug around specially packed lunches for your children while traveling through Mexico. While your kids may turn their nose up at unfamiliar foods, these easy-to-find Mexican dishes are sure to please.

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    Fruit on a stick

    Mango on a stick
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    Kids like food on sticks. They just do. Honestly, shove any food on a stick and it’s already way more appealing to a child than it was on a plate. It’s more fun to eat and there’s the added bonus of not being required to be seated at the table while consuming it, so it’s an all-around win.

    All over Mexico you will find street vendors who will carve fresh mangos into beautiful flowers or piece together a colorful fruit kabob. The sweet and sticky fresh fruit is an incredibly refreshing snack for anyone exploring Mexico on a hot day. Just make sure you tell the vendor to hold the chili pepper! In Mexico, it’s common to add a bit of spice to the fruit by sprinkling on a little chili pepper powder, which is actually quite tasty, but probably not something you want to spring on your child. 

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    Quesadillas

    Quesadillas
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    Quesadillas are an incredibly simple food, but they always taste better in Mexico. Of course, quesadillas show up on restaurant menus all around the world, so this is most likely a dish your kid has eaten before and is willing to eat again. While you can smile to yourself and know that your child is enjoying a tortilla made from freshly ground corn stuffed with Oaxaca cheese, all your kid will think is “I like cheese.”  If you’re lucky, you might be able to sneak in some vegetables or even some meat. Be careful though, it’s very common to put squash blossoms in the quesadillas, which once again, is delicious for adults, but most kids will just see a flower in their quesadilla and be pretty much done with that meal. 

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    Guacamole

    Guacamole
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    Yet another dish where familiarity will work in your favor. Your child has most likely seen this green dip before and will not be too opposed to loading up some chips and chowing down. The guacamole you find in Mexico is sure to be extra fresh and made with high quality, local avocados. Most restaurants have this on the menu and pair it with chips made on site. Bonus: if you order something for your kid that they don’t like, you can often smother it in delicious guacamole to
    make it more appetizing.

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    Tacos

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    The tacos in Mexico probably don’t look very similar to the mental image your child has of a taco. Mexican tacos are served on small, round corn tortillas, as opposed to the crunchy pocket-style shells your child is most likely more accustomed to. However, the contents of tacos in Mexico tend to be pretty simple, sometimes just meat with a sprinkle of cilantro or queso fresco. You won’t find any ground beef, but you will find chicken, which is something most children are fairly willing to eat.

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    Churros

    Churros and Cafe Con Leche
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    Fried dough covered in sugar? What’s not for a kid to like? These sweet pastries are fried right in front of you, which could be pretty entertaining for your child, as a nice bonus. Street vendors all over Mexico will prepare these sweet fried pastries and serve them up hot. Not exactly a healthy or filling option, but definitely a fun treat!

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    Try new things!

    Of course, there are a wide array of incredibly tasty dishes that everyone should eat in Mexico and it would be great if your child could enjoy the culinary delights of this country that has so much to offer. If you catch your child in a particularly agreeable mood, make sure to encourage them to try new things and experience the culture of Mexico through food. But for the times when you are just looking to get them to eat something, stick to these 5 standbys!

    This article was contributed by Rease Kirchner, creator of Spanish Smartypants, a language learning resource for children.