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Noblesville’s El Sabor de Mi Mexico features Mexico’s best street food

Not your basic snacks: This Noblesville shop offers some of Mexico’s best street foods


Natalia E. Contreras


Indianapolis Star
Published 2:01 PM EDT Sep 10, 2019

NOBLESVILLE — When I moved from South Texas to the Midwest, there was no doubt in my mind I’d find authentic Mexican food. And a cool new restaurant in Noblesville has that and more.

There’s so much authentic Mexican food around Indianapolis, I can tell Hoosiers love it as much as I do.

It was fun for me to track down Mexican street food. I found the kind of dishes and snacks you’ll find on almost every corner, plaza, park and nearby all schools and shopping centers when you go to Mexico.

And these are not your basic snacks. Some of these aren’t healthy at all. I’d call these the complete opposite of “good for your body and the environment” kind of food. But they’re so good. Hashtag: sorry not sorry.

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Treats, including corn on the cob with cheese and spices, and a mango-laden fruit cup, at El Sabor de mi Mexico, which translates to The Flavor of my Mexico, and specializes in Mexican-style snacks, Noblesville, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Some are fruit cocktails topped with Chamoy, a sweet, salty and sour sauce made from pickled fruit. There’s a wide variety of chips and everything you need to put on them; cheese, your choice of Queso Fresco or Nacho cheese; salsa; lime juice; and other crazy ingredients I’ll get into briefly. Another I found is corn on the cob but on another level. And there are fruit-flavored ice cream and paletas (popsicles) with chunks of fruit in it and more.

There are plenty of places serving these popular Mexican snacks in Indianapolis. And now, the flavors have expanded into Hamilton County, too.

Leni Riandi is from Veracruz, Mexico, but has lived in Westfield for more than two decades. She opened El Sabor de Mi Mexico in Noblesville last month.

She would often drive with her kids to Indianapolis to find these snacks they craved. When she learned how to make them and found out how much people liked them, she knew she had to open a shop in Hamilton County.

“These are the types of foods that remind us of home,” Riandi said. “That’s why they’re so popular. They have all of our favorite flavors, and it’s nostalgic, too.”

El Sabor de mi Mexico is at 17901 River Road in Noblesville, right off Ind. 32. It’s open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

These are some of the must-try items on the menu:

Mango 

A mango, coated in spices which give a little heat, and kick up the flavor of the fruit, at El Sabor de mi Mexico, which translates to The Flavor of my Mexico, and specializes in Mexican-style snacks, Noblesville, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

I’m not talking about bite-size slices of mango on a cup. This is a whole Kent mango, cut on the sides and placed on a stick to hold.

It comes with Tajin — a blend of lime powder, chili powder, and salt — and Chamoy sauce.

All you have to do is take a big bite and enjoy its sweet-and-sour flavor that can be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Other mango options: Mangonada or Chamango, a sweet and sour drink made of mango ice cream sorbet, small slices of mango, topped with Chamoy, Tajin, lime juice and tamarind candies.

Mexican style corn, which is the same as regular corn on the cob, with the addition of cheese and savory spices, at El Sabor de mi Mexico, which translates to The Flavor of my Mexico, and specializes in Mexican-style snacks, Noblesville, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

This is corn on the cob on another level.

It isn’t just corn with butter. This one comes with butter, mayonnaise, crumbled Queso Fresco, chili powder and lime juice served on a stick. To add an extra kick, eat with some Salsa Valentina, a hot sauce comparable to Sriracha but not as thick.

Chicharrón

A Chicharron, made from a baked wheat shell, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce, avocado, and pickled pig skin, which is a featured menu item at El Sabor de mi Mexico, which translates to The Flavor of my Mexico, and specializes in Mexican-style snacks, Noblesville, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Although Chicharrones are fried pork skin strips, this one isn’t, but it still bears the same name.

One of my personal favorites, this is a plate-sized puffy wheat snack with the consistency of a Funyun.

It is served with sour cream, lettuce, tomato, cueritos, queso fresco, avocado and topped with Salsa Valentina.

Tostilocos or Dorilocos

Part of the menu at El Sabor de mi Mexico, which translates to The Flavor of my Mexico, and specializes in Mexican-style snacks, Noblesville, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

This is one of the craziest combinations you’ll ever hear about. And if you’re brave enough to try it, I promise you won’t go back.

When you go to the shop, pick a bag of your favorites: Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Hot Cheetos or Rancheritos.

Here’s what goes in the bag on top of the chips: nacho cheese, cueritos (pickled pork rinds), small slices of jicama, cubed cucumber, grated carrots, peanuts, gummy bears, lime juice, chili powder, Salsa Valentina and Chamoy. Riandi also offers to add either chicken or shrimp on them to top them off.

Yes, it’s ridiculous, and I’m here for it.

Some key ingredients to keep in mind:

This is pickled pork skin that can be added to corn chips, tacos or anything just to add a bit more of a salty kick.

Salsa Valentina

This hot sauce is popular and comparable in flavor to Sriracha sauce but not as thick. You can add Valentina to pretty much anything for extra flavor.

Tajin is popular on fruit. It’s a blend of lime powder, chili powder, and salt.

IndyStar reporter Natalia Contreras writes about things to do and development in Hamilton County. She can be reached at 317-444-6187 or natalia.contreras@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter, @NataliaECG