Visitors as well as expats living in Mexico enjoy locally-produced fresh foods at prices which are lower than the U.S. and Europe. In part, it’s because Mexico is a huge producer of fruits and vegetables, and so these foods are readily available to local consumers.
Because it’s grown locally, the food is much fresher, it may not have to be refrigerated, and its transportation costs are much lower. Most of the fruits and vegetables which are relatively expensive overseas, like avocados, limes, mangoes and papaya are readily available at lower prices in Mexico because they are all grown locally and don’t need flying to their destination.
Restaurants and local Mexican diners, known as comedores, source their ingredients from local markets, and the lower price of fresh food ingredients here is one of the reasons why eating out is not as expensive as it is in the US and Europe.
If you’re living in Mexico and are willing to simplify your diet by eating more fresh food and buying less processed food, you can cut your food bill dramatically by living in Mexico. “Luxury” food items, like imported European cheeses, wines and imported spirits, some cured hams, and other specialty foods tend to cost the same or more in Mexico as they cost in their country of origin.
Whether you are visiting Mexico and want to visit the local markets, or when staying here longer, you can learn more about buying food on our guide to Markets and Shopping in Mexico
If you want more details about the price of foods (and other goods and services) in Mexico, download the Mexico Cost of Living Report. It contains a comprehensive analysis that will enable you to consider your purchasing choices and make a detailed comparison of prices between foods, goods and services in your home country and those in Mexico.