Guide To Pairing Wine with Mexican Cuisine

Guide To Pairing Wine with Mexican Cuisine

Mexican food has become a top hit for all of us foodies out there! These Mexican dishes have a vast variety of flavours that creates a food experience that we will never forget! From the three staples that consist of corn, beans, and chilies, to the many veggies and meat to choose from, Mexican food creates a feeling of warmth and fullness in our tummies! So because of the variety of flavours in this food, pairing it with wine will be thrilling! So if you’re preparing for taco Tuesday, or just a takeout of Mexican food, here is a lit of great wine pairings for each lovely meal!

Cheese Quesadilla

The salty and savoury cheese with the crunchy tortilla? Multiple fresh dips that add flavourful greatness to the plain Quesadilla?  We love it! If you’re having a light quesadilla moment, reach for a bottle that’s a rush or textural white, or even a velvety red for that perfect balance! We recommend you try a Chardonnay, a Fiano, Grenache, or Pinot Noir. 

Ceviche

Ceviche a very famous appetizer has raw seafood and fresh citrus fruits, peppers, onions, and coriander. Lemon juice "cooks" the fish without heat. The acidic Grüner Veltliner blends perfectly with the fresh citrus flavors of the dish. Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling white also go well.

Nachos

Our favourite ever! Nachos are so great as appetizers or even party food! The depth of the beef along with the crisp veg and cheese dips are oh so yummy! Take your nachos to the next level by creating a perfect pair with a Rosé, or a crisp dry white with an acidic feel. Here are our suggestions: Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are beautifully flavoured fried fish in a tortilla filled with veggies and sauce. This light and fresh meal deserve to be paired with a white that has zesty and acidity in it avoiding overpowering the fish tacos’ dainty flavours. We suggest pairing it with a Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio!

Chicken Empanadas

With the lightness of the flavour of the chicken, but satisfying flakey crust and fillings, these chicken empanadas should be paired with a mid-weight dry white, Rosé, or even light reds! Pair with Fiano, Verdelho, Rosé, or a glass of Pinot Noir!

Al Pastor

This is a dish of pork or goat meat seasoned with chili and slowly roasted onions and pineapple on skewers topped with fresh cilantro. Pair it with a sparkling Brut Rosé and you'll be on point. As they say in Mexico this pairing is "perfecto"!

Beef Burritos

A classic favourite, beef burritos are filled with all kinds of spices that are packed with meaty goodness! To enjoy, grab a moderately rich red but not the ones that are too heavy or tannic! Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera, or a Shiraz will create such a great combo with this meal!

Mexican Cuisine sure is enjoyable with a glass (or bottle!) of wine. The balance that’s created between the food and the wine is satisfying on every level! Make sure you follow our guide to help you find your favourite wine alongside your favourite Mexican meal!

Have a squiz at our other foodie blogs and if you are into pairing wine with pizza, you should check out that article too!