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    15 Mexican Foods Served In America That Are Really Different From What's Served In Mexico

    "Basically, if they serve it in Taco Bell, we don't have it here."

    Hi, I'm Daniella and I'm American.

    I love writing about the ways the United States takes a spin on food from other countries.

    This is Fer. She's my friend from Mexico who was really curious to hear about the Mexican American foods that are common in the US.

    Together, we're a match made in heaven! Here are some of the Mexican foods served in the United States that Fer gave me her perspective on:

    1. Nachos aren't a staple in Mexican restaurants — people in Mexico usually go to American restaurants to eat them.

    2. The chalupas from Taco Bell look VERY different from the chalupas found in Mexico.

    3. Sweet potatoes are hardly ever added to Mexican dishes.

    4. They use white corn instead of sweet yellow corn in Mexico.

    5. "Lemons" in Mexico are different than "lemons" in the US.

    6. People from Mexico consider Taco Bell to be American food.

    7. It's nearly impossible to find burrito bowls in Mexico.

    8. It's more common to have steak tacos than ground beef tacos in Mexico.

    9. "Queso" is not something you'd find in a restaurant in Mexico.

    10. Palomas are a more common tequila beverage than margaritas in Mexico.

    11. Frozen Mexican food isn't very popular in Mexico due to the surplus of fresh options in close vicinity.

    12. Chimichangas are typically found in the north of Mexico, and a lot of Mexicans are only familiar with them through TV shows.

    13. Chili con carne is not a thing in Mexico.

    14. Burritos and tacos with eggs in them are hard to find in Mexico.

    15. And finally, Tabasco sauce is not a staple in Mexico.

    Are there any Mexican foods you've had in the United States that are really different from what you've eaten in Mexico? Let us know in the comments for a chance to be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post or video.