Different cities in the United States contain different types of Spanish foods. Such as in many Spanish restaurants in Singapore carry a dish or taco called carne guisada. Carne guisada is an authentic Mexican beef stew. Very delicious when topped over rice or traditionally in San Antonio, Texas, it is in a soft flour tortilla. The meat is slow simmered in spices and thick gravy for hours until tender.
Another authentic must try is Barbacoa. Although very greasy, this meat is generally cooked overnight and delicious in corn or soft flour tortillas. The meat is cow cheek. It doesn’t sound very tasty but believe me it is well worth a taco or few.
Many Spanish restaurants contain chips, queso, and homemade salsa. Chips and salsa are tradition for these restaurants to serve as you sit down and decide what to order. In almost every restaurant contain enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and fajitas.
Fajitas in Mexican restaurants contain either your choice of shrimp, beef steak, or chicken. Or ultimately for an added fee can get all three together. Fajitas are marinated and grilled up with julienne strips of onion and bell peppers. Fajitas are delicious in taco salads, as tacos in tortillas, or alone as is.
Enchiladas are served in any Mexican restaurant you come across. Enchiladas are basically meat and/or cheese and onions (optional# rolled up with green chile or enchilada red sauce on top with cheese. You can get cheese, ground beef, or shredded chicken enchiladas. They are also usually served with a little lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream.
A lot of these restaurants have soups as well. Like for instance, tortilla soup. This soup is a chicken based soup, with shredded chicken, corn, cilantro, bell peppers, onion, and strips of corn tortillas; then topped with more crispy tortilla strips, cheese, and avocado slices. This soup is very good, especially when your stomach is not feeling so well.
Another traditional soup you find a lot in Mexican restaurants is called Menudo. This soup is a soup containing hominy, tripe (otherwise known as pig intestines) and chili. The soup is simmered for hours with spices and garlic. This soup is rich and very fatty. It is known to stimulate and clear your mind.
Burritos are also a famous item on most Mexican menus. They contain refried beans, rice, your choice of meat (chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork) lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese. You can also to request to have them “messy” or “sloppy.” That means adding enchilada sauce and cheese on top.
Main sides in Mexican restaurants consist of refried beans, borracho beans, or Spanish rice. Most dishes always contain a side of rice and refried beans.