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Mexicans vs Puerto Ricans

The United Mexican State, or Mexico, is located in North America bordered by the United States, the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Belize, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Its people are a mixture of the descendants of indigenous people; Mayans, Aztecs, Toltecs, Spanish colonizers, and several others more.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or Puerto Rico, on the other hand, is a territory of the United States of America located in the Caribbean Sea near the Dominican Republic, the United States’ Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens so they are free to go to the mainland while Mexicans are not.

It was initially populated by the aboriginal Tainos who were almost wiped out with the arrival of Spanish colonizers who carried with them infectious diseases. Today, its people consist of the descendants of the Tainos, African slaves, and of the European colonizers.

While inhabitants of both countries belong to the ethnic group, Latino, and speak Spanish, they speak it differently. Mexican Spanish is slower, and their consonants sound more like “S” and “L” while Puerto Rican Spanish does not produce the “S” and “R” and leaves out the “D” and changes “R” to “L.”

Puerto Rican Spanish is closer to the Spanish spoken in parts of Spain than Mexican Spanish which is influenced by their indigenous roots although it is spoken clearer. When Mexicans speak, it is melodious as if they are singing. They also differ in the kinds of food that they eat. Mexicans have burritos, enchiladas, and tortillas while Puerto Ricans have arroz con pollo, tostones, ampanadillas, pastilijos, and plaintains.

Mexican food uses corn and beans and spices such as chilli, oregano, chocolate, chipotle, and many more. It is a mixture of indigenous and Spanish food. Puerto Rican food has Spanish, Taino, African, and American influences and uses ingredients that are native to the land.
They also differ in how they look with Mexicans either looking more like Indians or Mestizos while Puerto Ricans can be white and blond haired with blue eyes, mulatto with dark eyes and hair, or a shade in-between.


1.The United Mexican State is a country located in North America while the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean.
2.Mexican ancestors include Aztec and Mayan Indians as well as the Spaniards who colonized them while Pureto Rican ancestors include the Tainos, the Spaniards, and African slaves.
3.Mexican Spanish is clearer and more melodious compared to Puerto Rican Spanish; they also differ in grammar and pronunciation.
4.They have different cuisine. Mexicans use more beans, chillis, and spices while Puerto Ricans use plaintains and cassavas as well as other ingredients.
5.Puerto Ricans are free to enter and exit the United States as they please while Mexicans are not.
6.Some Puerto Ricans are darker skinned due to their African ancestors, but some are white or brown compared to 7.Mexicans who may resemble their Indian ancestors or their Spanish ancestors.

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  2. I would like to clarify one thing. Mexicans do not have burritos as stated in the cuisine section. Mexicans in Mexico don’t eat burritos.

  3. I would like to clarify one thing: Mexicans in Mexico do eat burritos. Probably in south Mexico people don’t eat as many burritos as we do in North Mexico, but we definitely eat burritos.

    • Yes my friend, both these countries have vast populations and can not be put into a box. There will always be exceptions. An example is the down play often given to the Indigenous contributions in Puerto Rico yet exceptions are found even on that small island. Individuals have been found in Guayanilla who test 39% indigenous quantum according to autosomal DNA test.
      In any case I have found that focusing on commonalities instead of difference is often more productive.

    • first off Mexicans do eat burritos. Also Mexican food varies region to region. Saying it is not Mexican food is stupid because it is a flour Tortilla, refried beans, carne which are all Mexican. Then add a little queso and their you have it.

      Also Mexicans also eat Arroz con Pollo and Pollo con calabaza y elote, and posole, menudo, tamales, Fajitas, chicken fajitas, taquitos, flautas, mole, carne guisada, and many more things. The list is endless because Mexico is a big country that also reached into the Southwest territories so many regions contributed to Mexican food.

      Northern Mexican food is different from Southern Mexican food. Southern Mexican food is more Amerindian Messo American influenced but the cattle and big ranchos were mostly in the Northern states of Mexico and in Tejas and California. The flour tortilla is a hybrid version of the corn toritilla.

  4. Oh yeah one more thing. Mexicans are more into music & dance that they developed like Mariachi, Norteno, Banda, Tejano or TexMex or Conjunto music and is more country type music as well as Mexican Rock and Pop. Their dances are based off their music.

    Puerto ricans are more into African type music & dance like Salsa, Bomba y Plena, Reggeatton which was started in the Caribbean was brought to Panama due to Jamaicans going to work on the Panama Canal. They also love African American music like Rap, Hip Hop and R&B. Puerto Ricans also love Bachata music which comes from another Afro Hispanic country like the Dominican Republic. Salsa they got from Cuba which again is heavily African influenced.

  5. This lacks actual information and but instead portrayed stereotypes.

  6. Just to clarify in Mexico we have people who are light skinned, blond and have blue eyes. Not all Mexicans are dark and look like Indians. Also some Puerto Ricans are dark just like some Mexicans. This webpage is filled with stereotypes, you did a terrible job describing both cultures.

    • Superficial treatment of both cultures. Mex culture with so many more layers and being so huge in territory with differences in racial make up according to the region not to mention having the 2nd more diverse cuisine in the worlld after China. We can go on and on

  7. I enjoyed and learned more from the comments than the seemingly over generalized article. Thanks.

  8. Mexicans are already on the Mainland stupid they are from North America.

  9. Another thing that makes me laugh is that you say Puerto ricans have American influence but if you see Mexican food has influenced American food. You see Chili, Doritos, Fritos, Burittos, Corn, Salsa, Nachos, Guacamole is all Mexican food inspired.

    • Some of that stuff you mention is all American commercial versions and what s known as Tex Mex and Guacamole is not American for God s sake

      • Although by how hugely popular Guacamole and all Mex cuisine and drinks have become you can tell Americans and others have embraced it with a passion. Don t blame any one as a Dominican myself I totally dig it
        in addition of some favorite PR staples

  10. We eat and drink ;shut the same way care close

  11. We were all created by God! We are all equal!

  12. I can tell from reading that the author is Puerto Rican or knows more about Puerto Rico…

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