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I. Don’t. Like. Mexican. Food.

There, I said it. 

Those five little words. Five little words that when used in combination with each other have elicited some of the most passionate responses I have ever received.

There is no position I have had to defend more over the course of my life than this one and this is coming from someone who loves Jesus! 

This is how the conversation usually goes. Someone suggests we get something to eat. Someone else follows up with, “How about Mexican?” I respond with “I don’t like Mexican food.” 

An awkward silence ensues as everybody in the group freezes and looks at me. They are waiting for me to follow up with something like, “I’m just kidding.” or “Haha, gotcha!” 

Unfortunately, such a response is not forthcoming. In fact, I am, as the kids are saying these days, “Deadass.” (What does that even mean? Is someone going around killing donkeys?)

At this point, the conversation usually begins to meander down a predictable path. It’s like everyone has read the “Things to say to people who don’t like Mexican food” handbook and I am their case study. I start to hear things like:

“How can you not like Mexican food?” 

“It’s because you haven’t had real Mexican food.”

“There are no good Mexican food places in New York. You need to come to where I’m from.” 

This last one is my favorite of all because firstly, am I really supposed to believe that in all of NYC there is not one good Mexican place? C’mon. 

Secondly, the people who always pull out that line are either from California or Texas. Surprise surprise. The rivalry about whose Mexican cuisine is better is one that they apparently take very seriously. It’s almost like USC playing Texas in the Rose Bowl. That’s how intense this thing gets. 

Apparently, these are the only legitimate contenders when it comes to “real” Mexican food. Ironically, no one ever mentions Mexico in this debate. I have never had anyone say to me, “You need to go to Mexico if you want to get real Mexican food.” 

As a matter of fact, I have never had a Mexican chastise me for not liking Mexican food, which I find interesting. If they aren’t that bothered by my aversion to the stuff, why is everyone else?

Here’s the thing though, I don’t think I should have to go to a certain place to appreciate a certain type of food. For example, I love Chinese food. I have had it all over the world, and have had both good and bad Chinese food. The fact that I have had bad Chinese food on any given day in no way influences my desire to eat it again later on. I like it because I like it, independent of any particular experience. 

This is something that people who keep trying to convince me to eat Mexican food don’t seem to understand for some reason. You could take me to the best Mexican restaurant in the world and it still not going to do anything for me. 

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that I would rather eat bad Chinese food than good Mexican food. I just don’t like the stuff, and find it amusing that I have to keep apologizing for that.

So there you have it. I have confessed my proverbial sin. 

I realize that I am the solitary being on this planet that doesn’t like Mexican food, but I hope from here on out you will all learn to live in peace with me. 

If that doesn’t work, then my next best plan is to one day find a girl who shares my dislike for Mexican food, get married, and have a bunch of kids who obviously will be raised to dislike Mexican food. From there we will slowly but surely begin to create a new world order. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

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15 Comments

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    Jay Flores

    October 24, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I despise Mexican food and have had similar responses to my aversion of it. I have eaten it in Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and even in Mexico itself…..all of it is pretty gross to me. I will admit I like chips and salsa though, everything else…well it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if all other mexican dishes were never made again.

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    Ann

    October 22, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Every company free lunch, company outing including lunch ALWAYS has to be Mexican food. It’s disgusting. Refried beans? Yuck! The texture and flavor is awful. Ground beef that has been mixed with peppers? Yuck! It smells bad, it has bad consistency, and it is not healthy. Don’t be fooled that by adding lettuce to your taco you’re getting something healthy!

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    Jimini

    July 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I live in SoCal, have had plenty of authentic Mexican, and don’t understand why anyone would have a strong preference for it. It’s fine for a quick something to eat, but not an interesting style of food. I don’t think that Mexicans would argue with that.

    And yes I can totally understand why some people don’t like it – it’s typically pretty bland and sloppy as served.

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    Joyce Denver

    December 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I dont like the look the smell the texture spices or any taco or tortilla. I dont like the sloppiness. Refried beans BARF. Cilantro….yuk….even the way they mash avacodos. Its just too much overwhelming flavour that takes over everything…heat….lime….no balance. Give me lightly crunchi vegetables, savoury sauces that compliment.

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    Christine Rose

    September 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I also dislike Mexican food, and also am tired of defending my dislike. The line about “never having had good Mexican” is particularly irking because it assumes I’m too stupid to have thought about that. I know your article is five years old, but you deserve not to feel alone.

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    Bonnie

    July 23, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I am years late commenting on this but I just had to say something. I. Hate. Mexican. Food. TOO! I can whole heartedly relate to every single word that you wrote because I have experienced the same reactions and treatment from people my entire life when I admit I don’t like the stuff. I end up feeling like an alien from a strange planet who should be donated to science and closely studied. I have given Mexican food multiple chances, allowed friends to drag me to their favorite Mexican restaurants so I could give tacos another try, have been taken to Taco Bell in the middle of the night after a few drinks, etc. I dislike melted cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro, salsa, retired beans (when I first tried it I almost vomited- like, just give me BEANS. I felt like I was eating baby food), lime, etc. The only ingredient used in Mexican cuisine that I can actually say I like is avocado. Thank you for sharing this. I don’t feel 100% alone anymore and it’s comforting to see I’m not the only one on God’s green earth who despises Mexican food.

    Oh, and Cuban food is a whole different story – yum!

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    Tee

    July 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I despise the stuff. I really do. I moved to Texas 7 years ago and everyone out here raves about it. It’s just not my thing. I refuse to pay for food I don’t like so I reject going out with others when they want to eat Mexican food. I was raised in Boston MA and grew up on seafood and italian food. I think a lot of depends on where you were raised.

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    Jacob

    July 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Even tho this is almost 5 years late I can totally relate. And I’ve eaten authentic Mexican and still can’t stand it. Besides a few dishes most of their food is super bland to me. And when I tell people they get so offended. But I can totally relate. Italian food is my fav because it actually has flavor. I’m glad there’s other people who feel the same way!

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    TexMex

    July 18, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Finally! You are a hero. I get tons of crap from people on this topic all the time. I don’t know why it has become so fashionable to default to Mexican food whenever a group is deciding where to eat. Without fail, every lunch, business or personal, usually involving people aged 28-35 always results in Mexican food. Fact is, it is just the handful of very basic ingredients, overly fried or grilled or sautéed in lard, and is just plain awful. In fact, I’m convinced that no one really “likes” it (just tolerates it), but suggests Mexican food so they sound hip. Mexican food sucks. Italian, Greek, Chinese, American? All fantastic.

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    Bill Cava

    March 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    The entire east coast of the US is not Mexican food-friendly
    Tell me, if you live anywhere from Maine to Florida (native NYer here, now in Fl), when do you EVER see taco stands? Chili joints? I’ve never seen one here.
    I’ve always told people from other areas of the country that don’t like Mexican food that if they really want to get away from it, move to NYC. I was born and raised there, and didn’t even know what a taco was until I was 12 years old. There’s so much ethnic food in the city, that there’s no room for Mex. Italian, Jewish, Greek, Chinese and on and on. None of the famous food carts on the streets of Manhattan carry Mexican; there’s no demand for it at all
    Thanks for putting up this article, it’s nice to know that others are in the same place with food!

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    Andrew Bauer

    March 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you I thought it was just me .. I get the same responses too
    Our family love Mexican food and tonight there is yet another family dinner at a ” new” Mexican and all I can think of is eat before I go and lay low and nobody may notice I did not eat .

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    Iñaki

    November 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t like most Mexican food either. I was born in Canada to a Mexican mother, and lived 9 years in Mexico, and tasted real Mexican food. While it’s better than abroad, it’s still not something I like. One of the reasons may be that it is very savorous food, and as strange as it may sound, I don’t like flavors in food; I like it simple.

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    Ug0nna

    June 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I feel your pain, we should start a support group 😉

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    Anonymous

    June 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I myself am Mexican-American, and I, like you, do not like Mexican food either. Similarly, I also prefer bad Chinese food to the best Mexican food. Just don’t let it get to you. Trust me, I also find it annoying that I have to defend my dislike of the food especially considering that I’m Mexican-American.

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    Neil Johsnon

    February 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Everybody have the right to choose the right or wrong thing also liking and disliking. I personally like the maxican food very much but my other friend don’t like it. So you information is very helpful for everyone who want to know about it and i hope in future you also update us. mexican.co.uk

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