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Here Are 10 Must-Eat Meals You Have to Eat in Arizona Before You Die

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Did you know that food is one of the factors that make culture more cultivating? Food brings people together. Just like the diversity of places to visit in the Grand Canyon State, the same goes for Arizona food due to different influences of culture. When you’re in this majestic state, take the opportunity to grab the must-eat meals in Arizona. There are a lot, so you might want to take your time going through this list.

1. Navajo Tacos

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How do you like your tacos? You can have it shell-style only, or you can order it served in a flat pita. When in Navajo, don’t miss your chance to try the tacos resting on a fluffy soft frybread. It’s crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. Say what you want about this food being a light snack. Everyone knows it’s perfect for those who have little time but a big appetite!

2. Sonoran Hotdog

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Didn’t we already cover this before? If you can still remember, the point is this is definitely NOT your typical hotdog sandwich. The Sonoran Hotdog is well-known around Tucson and in the whole state. It’s made out of bolillo bread embracing a hotdog covered in bacon, and is topped with beans, onions, tomatoes, and other condiments! Just thinking about it already makes me hungry.

Check out our article on the best places to taste Sonoran dogs in Arizona and head over to one of these now.

3. Prickly Pear Jelly

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As you all know, there are deserts in Arizona where different kinds of cactus grow. One of those is the Prickly Pear Cactus. Surprisingly, the famous mild dessert Prickly Pear Jelly is made from the red pods from cactus! And before you say “Uh, no. Pass!,” you better give this sweet treat a taste. Decide whether it’s delicious or not, then.

4. Piki Bread

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The Piki Bread is a Hopi specialty food, but you should know Arizona has some of the best-tasting breads too. Many Arizonans eat this as a snack or as an appetizer.

It is made of finely ground blue corn with water and juniper ashes. Then, it is spread flat (paper-thin) on a cooking stone by hand. Once ready, the Piki Bread is peeled and rolled up. Truly, one of the fine must-eat meals in Arizona.

5. Mutton Stew

There are days when only a warm bowl of soup can comfort us. It feels so much like a good night in your home. The Mutton Stew is basically sheep meat swimming in a flavorful broth. It has many different vegetables and can guarantee you good nutrition. It’s extremely delicious, so we think you’d be needing a second serving.

6. Chimichangas

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Lots of Arizonans claim that this is the “state food.” Deep-fry a burrito, and you’ll get mouth-watering Chimichangas. Of course, it’s your choice whether you want it with chicken, beef, or pork and have salsa or sour cream as an accompaniment.

We only know one thing: Yum!

7. Carne Asada Tacos

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We all fancy eating steak. How about putting a flank steak with tomatoes, onions, greens in a corn tortilla? Depending on your choice, you can top it with guacamole or sour cream. What a delight.

8. Mesquite Pancakes

Mesquite trees (not to be confused with mosquitoes) are abundant around Arizona and they produce seeds that contain a lot of protein. When you add these seeds to your pancake, it’s going to be a fulfilling breakfast. Not to mention, a healthy one too. If you ask us, you can just blaze your way through a grueling workout because you’ll be filled with so much energy. 

9. Pozole

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This is one of the meals you would typically find in an Arizona household. The Pozole is a stew cooked with any meat, typically with hominy (ground corn kernels), radish, cilantro, and lime. It’s delicious, flavorful, and perfect for families. And just in case you are wondering, Pozole is pronounced as “poh-SOH-lay.”

10. Chilaquiles

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Say the name of this dish twice. Does it sound familiar? Well, that’s because Chilaquiles is a dish filled with chilies and greens. Fried tortillas get dipped in salsa sauce. You can partner this with an egg and it would already be a heavy winner for breakfast. You can be more imaginative and add chicken, cheese, and other vegetables. Your call, chef.

Have you tried any of these must-eat meals in Arizona? If not, which among them would you want to try? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below.

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