Video: Oaxaca’s Best Street Food Tacos, Tlayudas, Elotes & Esquites

Join us on a food tour of Oaxaca! We explore the local markets and try all of the city’s best street food, from Tacos del Carmen, to elotes, esquites, and tlayudas. We visit the famous Pasillo de Humo (Smoke Alley) where grilled meat fills the air with smoke, we have ice cream at Nieves Oaxaqueñas Chagüita, we taste roasted chapulines (grasshoppers), and we try the famous tetelas (triangular taco pockets) at Itanoní. Finally, we end with a meal at Alfonsina, about a half-hour drive outside of the city center where chef Jorge Leon and his mom are serving a seasonal tasting menu in their humble home kitchen. There’s so much delicious food in Oaxaca – this city is definitely worth a visit when in Mexico.

Note: This video was filmed in 2019, before the pandemic.

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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
There's a VW Beetle on every street corner in Oaxaca.
There’s a VW Beetle on every street corner in Oaxaca.
Tacos del Carmen
Tacos del Carmen
Tacos del Carmen is the most famous taco stand in Oaxaca.
Tacos del Carmen is the most famous taco stand in Oaxaca.
Zucchini flower quesadilla.
Zucchini flower quesadilla.
Oaxaca is all about colors and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).
Oaxaca is all about colors and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).
Tlayudas from Libres Tlayudas Doña Martha.
Tlayudas from Libres Tlayudas Doña Martha.
Chapulines (grasshoppers) are on sale everywhere on the streets outside the markets.
Chapulines (grasshoppers) are on sale everywhere on the streets outside the markets.
Prickly pear cactus and burnt milk, and lime and passion fruit ice cream.
Prickly pear cactus and burnt milk, and lime and passion fruit ice cream.
We enjoyed the ice creams from Nieves Oaxaqueñas Chagüita!
We enjoyed the ice creams from Nieves Oaxaqueñas Chagüita!
Teteles filled with bean and cheese & hoja santa at Itanoni.
Teteles filled with bean and cheese & hoja santa at Itanoni.
Another VW Beetle...
Another VW Beetle…
Shrimp & pumpkin seeds at Alfonsina.
Shrimp & pumpkin seeds at Alfonsina.
Sea bass barbacoa style from chef Jorge Leon.
Sea bass barbacoa style from chef Jorge Leon.

Have you been to Oaxaca? Tell us about your favorite street food in a comment below.

Anders Husa

Anders Husa and Kaitlin Orr are food & travel bloggers and creative content creators. From their base in Copenhagen, they operate the largest and most influential restaurant-focused travel blog in Scandinavia.

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