What is the Mexican food capital of the U.S.?
Cinco de Mayo? Americans love Mexican food all year long. In 2017, Mexican overtook pizza as the second most common restaurant menu lineup.
According to CHD Expert, a business data company, as of April 2017 there were 59,800 Mexican restaurants in the U.S. and 59,300 pizza restaurants.Google News Lab and design studio Polygraph mapped American food trends by county. The maps below rank cities and counties by their most popular cuisine, based on data from users who have opted in to Google location history.
In 2017, Forbes compiled data to find what cities had the most Mexican restaurants and what the taco versus burrito index was.
On the table
Mexican food products have gained in prominence in the home as well as in restaurants.
Sources: UC Vegetable Research and Information Center, Tortilla Industry Association, Forbes, Datafiniti, Google News Lab, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Department of Agriculture, U.S. Dry Bean Council, Instacart, Food and Wine magazine