The Expert Guide To Eating Chips And Dip At A Mexican Restaurant

Posted on: 16 July 2015

You may eat at Mexican restaurants quite a bit and think you know them reasonably well. However, if you are only using dip that is brought to you, it may be time to become a bit more knowledgeable and try some things you've never ordered before.


The salsa typically brought to customers has tomato sauce, green, red, or white onions, some type of mild chopped peppers, and may have a cilantro or garlic as a seasoning. It may also contain carrot chunks. 

The restaurant may also offer a fresh chunky salsa called salsa fresca or pico de gallo. This specialty has chopped red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and possibly other vegetables or seasonings, and the ingredients are marinated in lime juice. Salsa fresca is also frequently used in salads, tacos, and fajitas. It may also contain meats such as seafood or vienna sausage.

Another delicious variation to standard fare is mango salsa which contains diced mango, chopped tomato, diced peppers, chopped red onion, garlic, lime juice, a little vinegar, and cilantro.

Cilantro ( A Note About this Herb)

Cilantro, also called coriander, happens to be a controversial herb. For many people, it is a delicious addition to Mexican specialties, but for others, the taste can ruin a dish. There is some scientific evidence that people discern aspects of the herb differently.  For some, it tastes like soap or worse,  so  don't give any dining companions a hard time for not liking it. If you don't care for it, make sure to ask your server if a dish you want to order contains it. There is evidence that if you stick it out, you may learn to like it.

Cheese Dip

White cheese sauce or queso blanco  is typically made from white American (!) cheese in the U.S.and may have chopped jalapeno peppers, garlic and/or green chili peppers in it. It may also contain a small amount of sour cream. A topping of chopped green onions may come on it, or you can request this.

White American cheese (American cheese without the yellow food coloring) is often used because it was originally developed to melt over things like hamburgers, and it makes a smooth tasty sauce without excess oil. A pretty good recipe for making it yourself can be found here.

If you are in a restaurant that uses authentic ingredients, the sauce will be made from a special soft cheese of Spanish origin that is also called queso blanco.


Guacamole is made from mashed avocados, chili peppers, chopped tomatoes, lime juice, garlic and white chopped onion. It may contain cilantro and/or chopped jalapeno peppers. Some people put mayonnaise in it, but this is not commonly used in authentic Mexican recipes. It may be served on a bed of shredded lettuce and chopped tomato. The avocados may be processed until smooth or hand mashed and somewhat chunky.

¿Necesita una persona dicen más? (Need one say more?)

Having chips and dip is one of the supreme joys of eating at a Mexican restaurant like El Cortez Restaurant, so be brave and try something you haven't tried before. You may find te gusto mucho (you like it very much).


Enjoying Your Dinner

When you eat out, how much do you really enjoy your dinner? If you travel frequently or you don't cook at home very often, you might be pretty familiar with the eateries in your neighborhood. However, you don't have to let a familiar menu make your eating experience boring. I have been eating out for years, and I have found ways to make dinnertime cheaper and much more enjoyable. On my blog, you will find tips for ordering, working with waiters, and spotting hot deals at great restaurants. You never know, this advice could improve your daily life, or that next hot date you take your wife on.

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