Mercado 20 de Noviembre is a legendary food market that houses stalls hawking local Mexican fare. Its main draw is the grilled meats aisle called “El Pasilio de las Carnes Asadas.” Carnivores will have a field day with the smorgasbord of meat options available, ranging from chili-marinated pork and beef to intestines and longaniza (Spanish sausage). Take your pick and the vendors will cook everything for you! It'll then be brought to your table in a large basket, served with tortillas, fresh salsa, and guacamole. You may smell like smoked meat once you’ve exited the premises, but it’ll be worth it!
Head to Tlayudas El Negro to sample one of Oaxaca’s signature snacks—tlayudas! Giant tortillas are filled with refried bean paste, shredded cabbage, and strips of queso fresco (fresh cheese). They are then folded and grilled over flaming hot coals until they turn perfectly crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. Choose either smoky chorizo or spicy pork to go with your tlayudas. Take a few friends with you; portions here are pretty massive!
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