This is the third installment in the "Things to do in Mexico when you're hungry" series, bringing you a little taste of Mexican food and culture. We're continuing with the corn-based theme started in installments 1 and 2. Maybe for the next one I'll choose something different.
Huaraches are similar to tortillas, made from the same corn dough, but they are bigger, thicker and oval-shaped. You heat up or fry the base, then spread it with frijoles refritos (mashed beans) and add a topping, which could be chopped or shredded meat or chicken, nopalitos (prickly pear cactus - there will be a future post on them), or whatever you want really. On top of that you put chopped lettuce, cream, grated or crumbled white cheese and a salsa. Then you pick it up and try to eat it without all the toppings falling off! You might prefer to use a knife and fork to be on the safe side!
The word "huarache" actually refers to the simple leather sandals traditionally worn by indigenous people. The form of the huarache is vaguely sandal-shaped, so it's easy to see why they were given this name.