Quotes about Mexican Food

Welcome to my page of quotations about Mexican food. In Arizona, we have no shortage of restaurants with this cuisine — from authentic to “gringo” style. The abundance of Sonoran-style eateries is the main reason my husband refuses to move anywhere else. Here, Taco Tuesday is a weekly holiday and handmade tamales are darn near sacred. Please enjoy these literary botanas, corny quotes, and taco jokes. –ღTerri

I’m convinced that anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food is a psychopath. ~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

You know you’re an Arizona native when in your heart you’re sure that at the end of the rainbow there is not a pot of gold — but a good Mexican restaurant. ~James W. Cook, quoted in You Know You’re an Arizona Native, When…, compiled by Don Dedera, 1993


Grover had a note excusing him from PE for the rest of his life because he had some kind of muscular disease in his legs. He walked funny, like every step hurt him, but don’t let that fool you. You should’ve seen him run when it was enchilada day in the cafeteria. ~Rick Riordan, “I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher,” The Lightning Thief, 2005

It becomes evident, when the glorious plunge is taken, that to cook and eat Mexican food is to celebrate sensuality in every great chamber of this textured, perfumed, delicious, beautiful, and memorable gastronomic antiquity. ~Richard Condon, The Mexican Stove: What To Put On It and In It, 1973

So how as a nation can we sit around and eat Mexican food and drink beer and make friends? That’s the question. If we can do that on a broader scale, I think we’ll come out of it all right. ~Sandra Day O’Connor, opening remarks to the Center for Social Cohesion, “Social, Economic, and Political Division,” 2011 June 13th, Washington, D. C.

If you had to decide between being given a million dollars and eating tacos, which would you choose — corn or flour? ~Internet meme, c. 2016

Mexican food is an aphrodisiac which excites the passion for living. It courts, seduces, ravishes, then cherishes all five senses… ~Richard Condon, The Mexican Stove: What To Put On It and In It, 1973

Mexican food is so good, you’d think the real immigration problem would be fat guys like me sneaking across the border into Mexico. ~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

No Solicitation! Except Tamale Lady. ~Door sign in Tucson, Arizona, 2016

It is a known fact that it is impossible to eat quality Mexican food and not be in a good mood afterward. Even bad Mexican food is better than 90 percent of all other foods. ~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

You know you’re an Arizona native when you think Taco Bell is the local phone company. ~Emma Louise Philabaum, quoted in You Know You’re an Arizona Native, When…, compiled by Don Dedera, 1993  [Ha! The phone service we had when I was a kid in Phoenix was Mountain Bell. Wow, memories. –tg]

You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile. A beef smile. ~My Name is Earl, “South of the Border,” 2006, written by Danielle Sanchez-Witzel & Michael Pennie  [Season 2. Earl Hickey. –tg]

Mexican food is way more than the bastardized burritos and nachos you pick up at window #2… ~Bianca Rappaport & Anna Starostinetskaya (Off Track Planet), “Nervously Enjoying Street Food In Chiapas, Mexico,” 2012

Don’t cry over spilt burrito — that’s why they invented forks. ~Chipotle wrapper liner, 2017

Oh, how delicious are crispy tacos,
Crispy tacos with lots of carne.
Ay que sabrosos son taco dorados.
Yummy, yummy yum, crunch, crunch…
~Sarah Barchas, “Oh How Delicious Are Hot Tamales,” ¡PIÑATA! Bilingual Songs for Children, 1991

Long ago, she and I agreed on the merits of Mexican food. It is, we decided, earthy food, festive food, happy food, celebration food. It is, in short, peasant food raised to the level of high and sophisticated art. ~Craig Claiborne, 1972, foreword to The Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy

Maybe eating tacos isn’t cheating on my diet. Maybe me dieting is cheating on tacos. ~Internet meme, c. 2019

In New Mexico the green chile is more than a simple ingredient — it is a necessity… Everyone I’ve encountered in Albuquerque seems to have them in bulk stored in their freezer as if an impending green chile shortage is coming… I heard there is talk of reshooting all the episodes of Breaking Bad, but instead of meth Walter and Jesse sell green chiles. ~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

The pervasive fact about Mexican food is that it is not only for people who like to eat; it is, even more so if such a thing were possible, for people who like to cook. ~Richard Condon, The Mexican Stove: What To Put On It and In It, 1973

Enchiladas are one of the best kinds of comfort food… heaven on a plate. ~Karen Miner, “Ingredients you never thought to put in your enchiladas,” Mashed.com, 2017

The delicious smell of perfectly cooked tamales wafted out, and I moaned. I couldn’t help it; Miguel’s tamales were a small piece of heaven. ~Winter Travers, Downshift, 2016

Oh, how delicious are hot tamales,
Hot tamales with chili verde.
Ay que sabrosos son tamales picantes.
Yummy, yummy yum, crunch, crunch…
~Sarah Barchas, “Oh How Delicious Are Hot Tamales,” ¡PIÑATA! Bilingual Songs for Children, 1991

It’s okay if you fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them. ~Internet meme, c. 2019

Churros are originally from Spain, but since I’ve given credit to Wisconsin for the German bratwurst in this book, I should probably blame Mexico for the churro. If you don’t know what a churro is, just try to picture a ribbed doughnut stick… It’s like the pipe cleaner of pastry. ~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

I don’t always go out for Mexican, but when I do I spoil my appetite with free tortilla chips. ~Internet meme, c. 2014

When the 78th Texas Legislature convened in 2003, House Concurrent Resolution 16 was introduced to make tortilla chips and salsa the official state snack. ~Texas H. R. No. 1591 Resolution  [True story. –tg]

Oh, how delicious are chimichangas,
Chimichangas with guacamole.
Ay que sabrosas son chimichangas.
Yummy, yummy yum, crunch, crunch…
~Sarah Barchas, “Oh How Delicious Are Hot Tamales,” ¡PIÑATA! Bilingual Songs for Children, 1991

What are flowers without the bees,
What of grasses without the breeze?
Nothing the wind if not for the trees,
Nada la quesadilla sin el cheese.
~Terri Guillemets, “O! queso what?,” 2017

I’m all about fitness. Fitness taco in my mouth. ~Internet meme, c. 2017

Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral community customs and manners. It is made possible by collective participation in the entire traditional food chain: from planting and harvesting to cooking and eating. The basis of the system is founded on corn, beans and chili… Mexican cuisine is elaborate and symbol-laden… ~United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, of traditional Mexican cuisine being inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, unesco.org, 2010  #authentic #México

Mexican food is so common it might as well be an indigenous cuisine, especially in border territories of southern California, Texas and the Southwest. ~Rough Guides Snapshot USA: The Pacific Northwest, 2014

It took a long time for gringos to see beyond the combination platter… Mexican cuisine has ancient roots and reflects influences of the Aztecs and Mayans as well as the Spanish and French… The long border Mexico shares with California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas has resulted in what is often generically called Tex‑Mex food and what many in the United States think of as “Mexican food.” ~Bonny Wolf, Talking with My Mouth Full, 2006

When Americans speak about Mexican food, they are usually referring to Tex‑Mex or Cal‑Mex cooking, an extremely popular cuisine that spans the long border between the United States and Mexico. Dishes like fajitas, salsa, tortilla chips, chimichangas, quesadillas, and nachos may be great food, but they are homegrown American inventions. Even dishes that exist in Mexico like enchiladas, tacos, and tamales are cooked and served differently in the United States. American variants of Mexican cooking also add prodigious quantities of cheese to nearly every dish, a practice rare in Mexico itself. ~Elliot Essman, “Mexican Food in the United States,” LifeInTheUSA.com, 2006  [paraphrased –tg]

The minor Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican defeat of invading French forces at Puebla in 1862, has been blown out of proportion in the United States, where it has become (for non-Mexicans) a festive occasion for the consumption of Mexican-American food, Mexican beers, and the Tequila cocktail called the Margarita. ~Elliot Essman, “Mexican Food in the United States,” LifeInTheUSA.com, 2006

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila — floor! ~Drinking joke

Mexican food is the perfect meal. ~James L. Rubart, Spirit Bridge, 2014

Llena mi plato.
Fill up my plate.
I’m as hungry as I can be.
Llena mi plato.
Fill up my plate
With Mexican food for me.
Crunch, crunch!…
~Sarah Barchas, “Oh How Delicious Are Hot Tamales,” ¡PIÑATA! Bilingual Songs for Children, 1991

Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapeños. What you do today might burn your butt tomorrow. ~Larry the Cable Guy, unverified

Mexican Food Quotations
Original post date: 2016 Dec 26
1st major revision: 2019 Sept 5