What Do Mexican Stores Sell Online In Chicago?

Food means a lot of things to a lot of people. Very few people are “meh” about food or eating. Whether it’s through the preparation of a particular dish that connects us to the familiar comforts of family and culture, or more of a culinary wanderlust, the food we eat flavors the memories we build.

For myriad reasons, many of us find ourselves, at one time or another, separated from our “home” culture. It might be voluntary or involuntary; it might also be short- or long-term. Regardless, it’s a separation that can ache after time. What do you do in that case? 

If you don’t happen to live near any ethnic grocery stores or carnicería hispana, it can be a little difficult. So you cross your fingers and search things like “Mexican grocery store online” or “Mexican grocery delivery” into the search bar…and likely find mixed results at best.

Would it surprise you to know that there’s another, better way to find your favorite Mexican snacks and groceries—online, and even delivered? If so…we’re OjaExpress, and it’s nice to meet you.

Now that there’s a convenient way to get the authentic cultural ingredients and foods you crave, you’re no longer left to the mercy of a supermarket’s “ethnic aisle.”

So, let’s say you’re from Mexico but living in Chicago, and you’re looking for some tastes of home. What do Mexican stores sell online in Chicago? Read on to find out.

 

What Are the Most Popular Items Mexican Stores Sell?

We’re going to look at some of the most popular items sold in Mexican stores, broken down into 3 categories:

  • Snacks (both salty & sweet)
  • Meal & pantry items
  • Desserts

Once your taste buds are tantalized, then, we’ll show you how to shop for these products (and more) online near you.

Mexican Snacks

Whether your vice is salty or sweet—or both—we all love snacks. What do Mexican stores sell that will give you your fix?

Popular Salty Snacks

  • Takis: These tubular corn chips that pack a mean crunch—perfect for when you’re craving something salty and spicy.
  • Donitas: A lighter, crisper alternative to Takis, these come in multiple flavors.
  • Spicy Chips: Chili powder commonly coats Mexican potato chips, giving them a bold and unique flavor.  

 

Popular Sweet Snacks

  • Peanut Candy: This disc-shaped confection is made of crushed peanuts, sugar, and other flavors and has a melt-in-your-mouth, fudge-like texture.
  • Snack Cakes: You can’t go wrong with Marinela Napolitano’s Orange Cake with Raisins.
  • Lollipops: Have you ever had a mango-chili lollipop!?

 

Meal & Pantry Items

Snacks are great, but entrees are called “main dishes” for a reason. Especially when food is our connection to our culture, you can’t do much better than cooking your favorite dishes yourself. It can be a little intimidating but also immensely rewarding.

Popular Meat Dishes

We found this incredible list of the 10 Most Popular Mexican Meat Dishes by Taste Atlas. Whether something like pollo asado, chiles en nogada, or cochinita pibil, with OjaExpress, you can find many of the ingredients you might not be able to find in your local supermarket or chain grocery store. 

    • Pollo Asado: This marinated, grilled chicken seasoned with citrus juices and cumin is often served with warm tortillas and pico de gallo salsa.
    • Chiles en Nogada: These stuffed poblano chiles are a Mexican Independence Day tradition—dating back to a group of nuns in 1821!
  • Cochinita Pibil: Pork, marinated in annatto paste, bitter orange juice, and garlic, is baked slowly and then shredded for use in tacos, for example.

 

Popular Pantry Items

If you’re thinking about cooking an authentic meal, don’t forget to stock up on basic staples for your pantry. The last thing you want is for inspiration to strike, only to quickly be quashed due to a shortage of one of the essential ingredients—tortillas or beans, for example. 

  • Beans: In Mexican cooking, dried beans are more common than canned, but both are used. Whether black, pinto, or another type, beans pack protein and flavor that is versatile enough to complement any dish.
  • Chiles: Mexico knows how to bring the spice: guajillo, árbol, and ancho chiles definitely bring it.
  • Spices and herbs: Popular spices and herbs in Mexican cuisine include thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, and achiote.

 

Mexican Desserts

From the rich flavors of marbled tres leches cake to the traditional simplicity of churros, Mexican desserts are in a league of their own. 

  • Tres Leches Cake: The tres leches (“three milks”) of this dessert—evaporated milk, condensed milk, and cream. It’s light and airy texture is simply irresistible.
  • Churros: These sweet confections, traditionally covered in sugar and cinnamon, are taken to a new level when dunked into a cinnamon, chocolate, or caramel sauce.
  • Flan: While its texture won’t appeal to everyone, this rich and creamy dessert is a staple, especially around the holidays.

 

How Can I Find Mexican Grocery Items Online Near Me?

If you know what you’re looking for, you can search for any item at www.ojaexpress.com. There are a few different ways you can browse. You can browse products by cultural community and category, or browse the inventory of stores in your area. 

Browse Store Inventory By Cultural Community and Category

  1. Go to www.ojaexpress.com.
  2. Select “Hispanic” from the “Select a Cultural Community” drop-down menu, then click the “Continue” button.
  3. Click on the “Categories” drop-down menu (toward the top of the page), and then choose a category, for example:
    • Breads & Bakery Items
    • Canned Goods
    • Dairy & Eggs
    • Meats & Seafood
    • Produce: Fruits & Vegetables
    • Rice, Pastas, Grains, & Flours
    • Snacks & Candy
    • Spices and Seasonings
  4. Click on anything that looks good to see product information and what stores in your area carry the item and/or offer delivery.

 

Browse Stores In Your Area

  1. Go to www.ojaexpress.com
  2. Select “Hispanic” from the “Select a Cultural Community” drop-down menu, then click the “Continue” button.
  3. Enter your zip code, and then click the “Find my local grocers” button.
  4. The resulting page will show stores in your area. You can browse their inventory, and start adding items to your cart. You’ll be snacking in no time!

 

Fast & Fresh Delivery? Yes, With OjaExpress!

OjaExpress is proud to be a same-day ethnic grocery delivery service that brings families and communities together by making authentic food products available throughout Chicago. If this is your first time hearing of us, hello! Read a little more of our story here, and then start browsing!

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