¡Hola, amantes de la comida! For the non-Spanish speakers among you—hello, foodies!
As of 2021, Mexican food has finally gained a significant foothold all over the globe. Expatriates and Mexican food enthusiasts alike have found Mexican cuisine in major cities around the world. Here in America, we boast a healthy sprinkling of Mexican restaurants in practically every city.
Adding to the rich tapestry of Mexican restaurants here in Arizona is Backyard Taco. Established by Mexican immigrants Ruben and Marisela Alvarez in their own backyard in 2005, Backyard Taco is a fan favorite for people from all walks of life. We believe tasty food should not only bring people together but promote happiness as well. That has been our goal from the beginning: food, fun, amigos and familia.
Since then, our locations have grown from one in Mesa to four throughout metro Arizona. We owe this success to our amazing, loyal customers and their great reviews of our authentic Mexican fare.
While we’re best known for our tacos, did you know that on top of our savory authentic menu made from the finest ingredients, we have equally exceptional offerings in the sweet category? Read on to learn more about Mexican desserts!
What Are Mexican Desserts?
We know all about tacos, burritos, carne asada, quesadillas, and all the beautiful dishes that have made Mexican food a popular go-to around the world. Tacos are especially de moda right now, with restaurants experimenting with their own unique takes or even fusing tacos with other cuisines. However, whatever your savory favorites may be (and everyone has a favorite), Mexican food spans a broad flavor profile, including some of the tastiest sweets in the Western Hemisphere.
When it comes to Mexican desserts, many people think only of churros, tres leches cake, and perhaps sopaipillas. However, desserts in Mexico have a very fascinating history beyond these delicious staples. As early as the Aztecs, the indigenous people who lived in Mexico before the Spanish conquistadores arrived used simple ingredients for their postres (desserts), including honey, milk, coconut, fruits, nuts, and chocolate from cacao plants.
Eventually, the Spaniards brought more modern baking techniques, new recipe ingredients and new combinations to Mexican soil. Most importantly, the Spaniards brought over oil to begin making some of the fried treats we’re accustomed to today. In fact, historians consider the introduction of oils to be a landmark in the timeline of Mexican culinary history.
What Is Mexico’s National Dessert?
Believe it or not, Mexico does not have a national dessert. Because each region of Mexico is so different, from the next, the cuisine reflects this diversity. What one region might consider “the best,” or the dessert which they most connect with their national identity, another region might heartily disagree. So, while there’s not a national dessert, it’s because there is so much to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one!
Here is a list of a few of our absolute favorite Mexican treats:
Come Get a Sweet Treat
If your stomach is grumbling just from reading this list of Mexican dessert delicacies, there’s a simple solution. To satisfy your sweet tooth, or that powerful Mexican cuisine craving, come on over to Backyard Taco, where the food is fresh, delicious, affordable, and authentic. You can find us in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa South, and Mesa North for a sit-down meal or convenient drive thru service. We also have online ordering available for pickup.
Hasta luego, amigos!
Dr. Tyler loves tacos! He is one of the owners of Backyard Taco, and can sometimes be found moonlighting there at night or on the weekends.
Dr. Tyler Robison is an alum of Mesa’s Mountain View High School. He graduted from Brigham Young University before being accepted to the “Top Ten-nationally ranked” University of Louisville in Kentucky, where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. He graduated with honors in the top ten percent of his class. Dr. Robison continued at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, where he received a second master’s degree in dental science and his orthodontic certification.
Dr. Tyler enjoys serving in his community. He is a provider for the Smile Back Foundation, which offers scholarships for free dental treatment to underprivileged East Valley students. He is also a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and served during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008.
Dr. Tyler Robison’s favorite pastimes include spending time with his family on the lake, at the beach, or on the slopes. He is an avid and crazy snowboarder! He has three incredible sons and one sweet daughter: Caden, Jace, Crew, and Bliss.