Tlayuda wins championship for best street food in Latin America

In an online tournament organized by Netflix to decide the best street food in Latin America, thousands of users voted for tlayuda, the traditional Oaxacan dish.

Tlayuda wins championship for best street food in Latin America. Image: Netflix Latin America
Tlayuda wins championship for best street food in Latin America. Image: Netflix Latin America

At 6:19 pm the voting closed, and with 46.6% of the votes, the tlayuda, that giant tortilla served with a seat of beans, tasajo (beef jerky), chorizo, chapulines, and quesillo, won the Street Food Latin America championship, in which the best Latin sidewalk dish was decided.

His rival was the not inconsiderable Peruvian ceviche, the famous mix of fresh fish, lemon juice, red onion, sweet potato, and corn kernels that has enchanted palates all over the world, and can even be found in fancy restaurants. The love of this food is such in the Andean country that it is considered a "flagship dish", even though it exists elsewhere in Latin America.

The dishes that fell by the wayside were the Choripán from Argentina, the Acarajé from Brazil, the Ajiaco from Colombia, and the Relleno de papa from Bolivia.

Several public figures joined the battle, including the UK ambassadors to Mexico and Peru, who did not hesitate to support the dishes of their host countries.

Both Mexican and Peruvian gastronomy are known for the variety of their ingredients and their flavors, although Peru holds the title of the Latin American country with the most restaurants in the top 50 of the best in the world.