Mexico has a style of food known as Mexican cuisine. Its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of ingredients make it special. It differs from region to region, a great example of this is huevos rancheros which contains numerous regional varieties. It is based on ancient traditions, combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese. Mexican Restaurants can be found all over the world, but just a few use authentic techniques and ingredients. Mexican cuisine restaurants can be found all over the world, several have even been highly successful from an economic point-of-view; Taco Bell, Chili's, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba Mexican Grill, El Pollo Loco, and others.
In the United States, New Mexican and Sonoran cuisines are an evolution of their root styles of the former Spanish colony of Santa Fe De Nuevo México in the states of New Mexico in America and Sonora in Mexico, and Texas' Tex-Mex food is a combination of Coahuila's cuisine blended with Creole/Cajun and Appalachian foods, while California's original cuisine type is mostly alive solely south-of-the-border in Baja California, California's modern Cali-Mex is a more modern and American interpretation of Mexican foods: In the United States, several variations exist, on the authentic model;
- Sonoran cuisine, in Arizona and Sonora, contains Machaca tacos and burritos cimply called burros, as well as some eclectic variations of American foods like Sonoran Hot Dogs. Restaurants include Rosita's Place in Phoenix, Arizona.
- New Mexican cuisine, in New Mexico and Southern Colorado, heavily influenced by their unique red and/or green chile peppers, and the Spanish and Native American cultures of the area. Other common foods are piñon (pine nuts), calabacitas (sauteed squash, zucchini, chile, and corn), and biscochitos (sugar and cinnamon covered cookies, with anise flavoring). Restaurants include Sadie's in the Albuquerque area and the statewide Little Anita's and Twister's.
- Tex-Mex cuisine, in Texas, the most common American variation of Mexican cuisine, is influenced greatly by the Tejano affinity for spices and tortillas; the common dishes are fajitas, and tacos. Restaurants include the international Chili's, and Mariano's Hacienda in Dallas.
- California cuisine, in California, contains eclectic versions of Mexican cuisine. Restaurants include the international Taco Bell and El Pollo Loco.
- Fresh Mex cuisine, from throughout the American Southwest, a quickly developing trend in Mexican cuisine, is influenced greatly by fresh locally sourced ingredients and focusing on specific varieties of Mexican foods including the previously mentioned varieties. Restaurants include the international Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
- Huevos rancheros on the New Mexico Cultural Encyclopedia, Lexicon, and News
- What is Sonoran-style Mexican Food? from Roving Decanter
- Cuisine on the New Mexico Cultural Encyclopedia, Lexicon, and News
- California Mexican section on Maps of World