Four Movie Inspired Mexican Meals That You Can Order

7 April 2016
 Categories: Food & Cooking, Articles

When watching a movie, there is nothing better than a mouth-watering scene that makes you feel inspired to go out and eat. Mexican food features so many great choices, pops of color, and delicious flavors that it's no wonder it has been featured in numerous films. The following four films feature a lot of signature Mexican dishes that you can order at a restaurant. Each meal is a great way to celebrate the movie and enjoy authentic Mexican food. After watching the movies, it is exciting to see the meals come to life and get served on a plate in front of you.

Tortilla Soup

Not only is Mexican food predominantly featured in this 2001 film, but it is the actual title of the movie. Tortilla Soup is not only a great family comedy, but the meal itself is a great starter option for your restaurant dining experience. The soup features rice, zucchini and avocados, and is topped with fresh tortilla strips. Some extra protein can be added to your meal by including shredded chicken in the soup. Along with ordering the soup as an appetizer, you can get a whole bowl and make it your main course.


Mexican food is known for a variety of spices and large kicks of flavor. Feel inspired to order spicy options off the menu after watching the 2013 documentary Sriracha. The hot sauce is used all over the world and often fused into a number of Mexican dishes. Along with adding sriracha to tacos or enchiladas, you can order a large nacho platter that features the sauce drizzling all over it. As the sriracha sauce provides the spice on the nachos, you can infuse a variety of other flavors into the dish with ingredients like pulled chicken, cheese, black olives, freshly diced onions, and guacamole. If you're looking for even more spice, consider adding some fresh jalapeno pepper slices onto the platter. The peppers pair well with the sriracha sauce to create bold flavors. Just remember to order some extra water with the meal.

The LEGO Movie

It may seem strange, but the 2014 animated children's film The LEGO Movie can leave you craving Mexican food before the final credits even roll. A big portion of the film features the concept of Taco Tuesdays, and you can enjoy great visuals of a taco in LEGO form. The movie showcases LEGO tacos as a hard shell variety, featuring seasoned ground beef, lettuce, cheese, and tomato. This is a basic taco and can be ordered at a Mexican restaurant as a delicious platter. A platter of tacos can give you five to ten of the delicious signature meal. Customize your tacos with different options like a variety of fresh salsas, guacamole, or additional fillings like corn and green chiles. Aside form beef, you can replace the main meat of the taco with chicken, fish, or beans.

Like Water for Chocolate

The 1992 romance film uses a number of Mexican recipes to symbolize love and romance between characters. It's hard to resist the amazing food featured in the film and you can enjoy the same types of delicacies when dining at a Mexican restaurant. One of the desserts featured a lot in the movie is a traditional Mexican flan. When ordering flan, you can add a variety of toppings, including a rich chocolate or caramel sauce. Another dessert featured in the movie is a sopapilla. This is a fried pastry that is often served with powered sugar and a delicious dipping sauce. If you're on a date, the film can inspire you to share a dessert for two and increase the romance between you and your partner.

Not only can these movies inspire meal ideas, but they can inspire you to explore new items on the menu that you may not have tried before. So plan a movie night and check out one of these options before heading to Mexican restaurants in Tucson AZ to try out one of these dishes.