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Chasing a Plate is in Oaxaca, Mexico! We have spent 2 weeks eating as much as possible in Oaxaca. Here are our Top 5 Oaxacan Foods and suggestions for where to sample them…

1. Oaxacan Tamales: especially the mole negro kind! Our favourites were from Geno at La Merced Market.

Traditionally tamales are a masa or a type of corn dough which is steamed in a corn husk and filled with all types of fillings. In Oaxaca the masa is steamed in a banana leaf, this one is filled with mole negro. Mole is a really rich sauce which is prevalent here in Oaxaca and in other states like Puebla in Mexico, it’s filled with nuts, chocolate, spices, a whole range of things. This one is mole negro so it’s black, so it’s got the chocolate in it and it’s also got pollo which is chicken. It’s really rich from the saucy mole and the chicken is really tender because it’s steamed. You can find tamales usually in the morning or late at night on the street or at markets like this one.

2. Memelitas covered in frijoles, asiento (pork lard), Oaxaca cheese and salsa. Our favourite stand Memelas de Gio is only open from about 9:00am until 1:00pm at the latest. The address is: Ávila Camacho 203A, Obrera, 68115 Oaxaca, Oax.

Memelitas are a thicker tortilla, grilled on the comal to which you can add frijoles which are beans, verde or roja sauce, green or red salsa and then Oaxacan string cheese. Super crispy tortilla, really salty string cheese and that verde sauce, really spicy.

3. Nieves (ices), specifically the flavour combo of leche quemada (burnt milk) and tuna (prickly pear cactus). You can find nieves all over the city but Benito Juarez market have a few stands as well as the area in front of Basilica de Buetra Señora de la Soledad.

So leche quemada is burnt milk and tuna is the prickly pear cactus and this combination is famous in Oaxaca The leche quemada is really savoury it almost tastes like you’ve licked a BBQ because it’s so burnt but not in a horrible way and then you’ve got the really sweet, refreshing cactus to complement it.

4. Tlayudas known as the Mexican pizza. You can find tlayudas at fondas (small family run restaurants) in the markets or on the street late at night. We liked the ones at Comedor Chabelita at 20 de Noviembre market as well as the more traditional ones at Libres Tlayudas located at Calle de Los Libres 212, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 6800, Oaxaca

Also known as the Oaxacan pizza it’s basically a really crisp tortilla which has been baked and then it’s covered with pork lard, frijoles which is refried beans, vegetables, so we’ve got cabbage, avocado, tomato and I’ve also added cecina which is a slice of pork. Traditionally you just get a tlayuda and it’s folded in half and it’s just got the beans and the pork lard and sometimes a bit of cabbage and then the meat on top but this is a little bit more modern with the veges added. It’s also got quesillo, the cheese, Oaxacan cheese.

5. Mole! Oaxaca is famous for its 7 moles. We love mole negro (the dark mole containing chocolate) as well as mole amarillo which you can sample stuffed inside an empanada at the Ocotlan Market (see the link to our Oaxacan Travel Guide above for more details).

After 2 weeks in Oaxaca, those are our top 5 must eats by no means have we covered all the food here but those are our 5 picks that you must try when you’re here.

We hope we’ve inspired you to eat and explore like a traveler, not a tourist. Remember, details below on the food.

Let us know YOUR favourites in the comments below!


We’re Thomas and Sheena, travel and food fiends. We want to help you eat and explore like a traveller, not a tourist! We started full time travel in October 2016 visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. We’ve just been in South America and now the rest of the world awaits! There is no end in sight for our travel. If you like what we’re doing we’d love you to subscribe and join the ride.







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OAXACA FOOD! TOP 5 dishes you must eat in Oaxaca | Food and Travel Channel | Oaxaca, Mexico

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  1. Your videos always make me hungry, ha ha! Those Tlayudas look amazing, I'm always up for anything remotely related to pizza 🙂 Also, that mole sounds so interesting. Would love to try it! Great video guys, Hayley

  2. OMG it's impossible not to get hungry after this 😆!!!…here in Veracruz we have "picadas" that are just like the "memelitas" you ate. In fact, "picadas con mole" is one of my favorite meals to have as breakfast on the weekends.

  3. Hi Sheena and Thomas, another great video 🤗
    Yum, Yum and Yum! 😋😋😋
    Must remember to watch when not hungry 😣
    Love seeing all the local eating spots too. Eating like a local when traveling is the best way to enjoy the food, learn about the culture and interacting with the local people. Looking forward to the next video.

  4. Yum! Mole is one of my favorite things about eating Oaxacan food. Since you seem to really enjoy it Sheena, I highly recommend you try chicken with pipian verde. It's one of my favorite sauces to have on chicken. It's a pumpkin seed sauce! It's delicious. It's pretty popular so I'm sure you can find it in any state in Mexico. 🙂

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