If you find yourself in Mexico – and you’re concerned about your health and the health of the things you put in your body for weight control, energy, mood, and much more – you’ll want to keep reading.

Mexican Spirit – Street Graffiti

But first…


If you haven’t already, click here to read about how to Eat Clean Foods in general.

How can you find and eat clean foods in MEXICO?

You want to know which markets, stores and restaurants actually sell clean foods!

But before you start buying food from stores, you can…

Grow Your Own Clean Foods

With Mexico’s diverse climates and soils, you can likely start eating clean with your own seeds, plants and animals.

Turkeys Fighting as Chickens Stand By in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

Although this is a little bit out of the scope of this article, you can go here to get started with soil, seeds, plants and livestock:

  • Find a fellow gardener or farmer.
  • Go to the local plant market.
  • Go to a local farm or ranch.

While living in Thailand, I was fortunate to have my own space (of about 1 rai) in Chiang Mai for about 2 years where we had big mature fruit trees (including mango, longan, lychee) and added our own banana, mulberry, papaya, chilis, basil, oregano, rosemary, chickens and more.

Clean Foods at Stores and Markets in Mexico

Thankfully we have some options when it comes to buying clean foods in Mexico. We have open markets, small health shops and bigger grocery stores.

Throughout Mexico you can find clean foods at

  • Local Fresh Markets
  • Ranches and Farms
  • Costco (in Mexico City)

Find your local health shops. In Puerto Escondido I go to:

  • Puerto Verde
  • Canela
  • Moringa

Search the Internet

You can search Google and Maps online for:

  • “keto” (not bakeries!)
  • “gluten” (free / “sin gluten”)
  • “paleo”

Clean Meals in Mexico

At the time of writing, I don’t know of any clean restaurant chains that you can find throughout the country. But don’t worry because there are some good options.

Although factory farmed beef isn’t the best option overall, it’s often the best I find at restaurants in Mexico (because, as you already learned here, beef is one of the cleanest and most nutrient-dense sources of food around). Generally lean cuts of beef will be cleaner because toxins tend to be stored in fat, bones, etc, whereas muscle meat doesn’t hold as many toxins.

With that, you can find clean meals with beef (and vegetables!) in a variety of Mexican dishes including:

Beef Stew (Caldo de Res) at the market in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Soups and broths (caldos) with
    • Beef (caldo de res)
    • Fish (caldo de pescado)
  • Guacamole (without chips)
  • Ceviche and Cocteles
  • Beef / Steak dishes including
    • Carne de res (beef)
    • Bistec (grilled steak)
    • Carne asada (steak – ask for no oil)
    • Arrachera (skirt steak)
    • Tasajo (dried salted flank steak)
    • Barbacoa (goat, sheep or cow)
    • Lengua (cow’s tongue)
    • Suadero (like beef brisket)
  • Argentina and Brazilian Steak
  • Japanese
  • Rice Poke Bowls
Rice Poke Bowl in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

Although uncommon, I’ve even come across some clean and healthy meals at vegan and vegetarian stores and restaurants.

What do you say to get clean food in Mexico?

If you don’t know the language, you can use these phrases:

  • No oil:
    sin aceite
  • No sugar:
    sin azucar
  • No milk:
    sin leche
  • No tortilla:
    sin tortilla
  • No chips:
    sin totopes

Where do YOU go to eat clean in Mexico?

Obviously there are many more options for eating clean in Mexico.

So it’s your turn…

Share with us your favorite places to eat clean in Mexico!

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