7 Insects you can eat in México

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Insects have been consumed by humans for many years, and Mexico is a country that offers a wide variety of edible insects. They provide a decent amount of protein, as well as other nutrients. These are some of the most popular insects you can eat in Mexico.

1.- Crickets or grasshoppers

These fellows have been part of Mexican culinary traditions since the pre-Columbian era. They are prepared in various ways, but can be found fried with salt and chili powder, bathed in salsa, as filling in tamales or as tostada toppings. They can be found mostly in the southern states of Mexico.


2.- Maguey worms

Maybe you’ve already seen these inside tequila or mezcal bottles. But these are extracted from the leaves of the agave plant and is a butterfly larvae which is usually fried or toasted, then put on a tortilla with guacamole. Also they can be ground with tomato and pasilla chili to make a salsa. They can be found in Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala and the State of Mexico.

gusanos de maguey

3.- Escamoles (ant larvae)

Known as the Mexican caviar, these little creatures are cooked with butter and herbs, and served with tortillas, as well as other types of preparations. They are quite difficult to collect which is why their prices can be so high. They can be enjoyed in Guanajuato, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Mexico City and Michoacán.


4.- Jumiles

These are very small insects which are a little spicy and some might say it have a hint of cinnamon. They can be eaten alive, roasted or fried. They are so popular there’s even a temple dedicated to them in the city of Taxco, Guerrero. They can also be found in the state of Morelos.

5.- Beetles

Several types of beetles are consumed in Mexico and the most popular one is the chahuis or xamoes. This variety feeds on mesquite trees. These creatures must be perfectly cooked before consumption, if not they can have a bitter taste. They can be found in many states around the country.

6.- Flying ants

These ants usually come out of their anthills during rainy season and people collect them to prepare salsa, but they are also consumed in a variety of preparations like soups, tamales, stew or in tacos. They can be found in Mexico State, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

Hormiga chicatana

7.- Wasps

Some wasp species can be eaten and sometimes consumed with even part of the hive, which also contains little larvae. These are roasted and have a somewhat sweet taste. These are found in the states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Veracruz and Yucatan.

We know that most people conceive the idea of eating insects as something unpleasant, but there must be something tasty about them given so many people around the world consume them. So why not give them a try? Let your adventurous palate taste something new and interesting as edible insects from Mexico.


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