Looking for a culinary challenge? Why not try making a dish with ingredients that all start with the letter X?
From xangos to xynotryro, there are plenty of delicious foods to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your cooking or simply want to try something new, check out this list of 44 extraordinary foods that start with the letter X.
Xangos, or fried cheesecake chimichangas, are a delicious Mexican dessert often served with whipped cream or ice cream. Xangos are made of tortilla wraps filled with fruit (like banana) and cream cheese. They are then baked or air-fried. Mexican xangos can also be topped with cinnamon sugar and served with warm caramel.
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Xató is a traditional Catalan dish that typically consists of a variety of vegetables (such as peppers, onions, and tomatoes) and cod. It is often served with allioli (a garlic-based sauce) or romesco (a Catalan sauce made with roasted red peppers, almonds, and garlic).
Xynotyro (or Xynotyri) is a Greek cheese made from leftover whey from goat or sheep milk. It is a hard, flaky cheese with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The strong aroma contrasts sharply with the sweet, burnt caramel, lanolin, and sour taste of the Whey. In Greek, “Xynotyri” means “sour cheese.”
Also known as watermelon, xigua is a refreshing fruit that is perfect for summer. It is high in water content and full of vitamins and minerals, making it a great snack or side dish. Xigua can be enjoyed on its own or in salads, smoothies, and other recipes.
Xurros is the Spanish spelling for churros. A true Spanish xurro is thin and must be piped using a star-shaped funnel tip. Churros are a popular Mexican street food. Xurros can be found in cafes throughout Spain. Churros are also quite popular in America and worldwide. These fried dough treats originated from Spanish and Portuguese cuisine.
Xnipec is a spicy sauce from the Yucatán peninsula that is made with habanero pepper, purple onion, bitter orange juice, and salt. Some people also add oregano, vinegar, bay leaf, coriander, or pepper. If you use a sweet orange, you can add lemon juice to make it more acidic. If you use a sour orange, you don’t need to do this.
Xacuti or Xacutti is an Indian curry with complex spicing that includes white poppy seeds, sliced or grated coconut, and large dried red chilies. It is typically made with chicken, lamb, or beef. In Portuguese, it is known as chacuti.
The xoconostle is a type of prickly pear cactus that is native to Mexico. It has a sour and tangy taste, making it a popular ingredient in many Mexican dishes. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and is often used in sauces, salsas, and marmalades.
At Xocopili, we make spicy and salty dark chocolate pearls that are the perfect complement to a dessert wine or cognac. Xocopili includes curry, chili pepper, and Venezuelan dark chocolate. Xocopili has a full-bodied flavor that lingers. Xocopili is a luxury salted chocolate that will enhance all the best in your gourmet creations.
Xouba are sardine-like fish that can be found near Spain. Grilled xouba is a popular Galician dish, particularly in the summer. Xoubas are also used to make stews, empanadas, and other dishes.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is often used as a sugar substitute. It is found in a variety of plant materials, including birch bark and corn cobs. Xylitol has a sweetness similar to sucrose, but it is only about 70% as sweet. Xylitol has a lower calorie content than sugar and does not promote tooth decay. It can be used as a sweetener or a thickening agent. Xylitol is also a popular ingredient in chewing gum and candy.
12. Xantham Gum
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide that is produced by bacteria. Xanthan gum is a popular food thickener or stabilizer. It is produced when sugar is fermented by a bacterium known as Xanthomonas campestris. When sugar is fermented, it produces a broth or goo-like substance that is solidified by adding alcohol. After that, it is dried and ground into a powder.
13. Xinjiang Lamb
One of the most popular ways to eat Xinjiang lamb is in a dish called “lamb skewers”. The lamb is often cooked with a variety of spices and herbs, resulting in a flavorful and fragrant dish. The lamb is marinated in a special spice blend, then grilled on skewers over an open fire. This results in a tender, juicy piece of meat that is perfect for any occasion. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, Xinjiang lamb is a delicious way to add some international flair to your next meal.
14. Xmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the UK, Ireland and in other countries where it has been brought by British emigrants. It is made from a mixture of dried fruits, flour, suet, breadcrumbs and spices, and typically contains raisins, sultanas and currants. The pudding is usually aged for several weeks or even months before being eaten, which allows the flavours to develop.
15. Xi Gua Lao
Xi gua lao is a Beijing-style traditional Chinese dish. In the summer, it is a thickened and chilled watermelon soup. Or a jelly dessert made with watermelon, cherries, vanilla, and agar.
A chocolate drink originating from Mesoamerica, xocolatl was traditionally made with cocoa beans, water and spices. It was traditionally made by the Aztecs and Mayans. The resulting drink is thick, bitter, and frothy.The Aztecs believed that this bitter drink had spiritual power and it was often used in religious ceremonies. Today, xocolatl is still enjoyed as a type of hot chocolate and can be found in many Mexican restaurants. The drink is typically served in a mug or cup, and is often garnished with cinnamon.
Xenon is a chemical element with the symbol Xe and atomic number 54. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is found in the Earth’s atmosphere in trace amounts. Inhalation of xenon can cause dizziness, nausea, and unconsciousness. Xenon is used in flash lamps and arc lamps, and as a general anesthetic.
If you’re looking for a delicious food that starts with the letter X, look no further than xanthium! This unique fruit is native to China and has a slightly sour taste that makes it perfect for adding to recipes. Whether you add it to your favorite stir-fry or use it as a key ingredient in a tasty salad, xanthium is sure to please.
A xylocarp is a type of fruit that grows on trees in tropical climates. The fruit is large and round, with a hard outer shell and a soft, fleshy interior similar to a coconut. Xylocarps are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and protect the body against infections. They are also a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion.
20. Xoi La Cam
Purple Sticky Rice from Vietnam (Xoi La Cam) is a sweet version of glutinous rice. Magenta leaves are boiled with rice grains which naturally turns the rice grains purple or magenta. People often eat xôi for breakfast on the go and as a snack in Vietnam.
21. Xuixo Pastry
Xuixo is a viennoiserie pastry from the Spain. It is a deep-fried, sugar-coated cylindrical pastry filled with cream. In Catalonia, Spain, bakers put crema catalana (Spanish crème brûlée) in dough that looks like a croissant, deep fry it, and sprinkle sugar on it. It’s kind of like a cross between a churro croissant croissant, but it’s filled with cream.
22. Xiāo Mǎ Fēn Dàn Gāo
Xiangjiao is Chinese for banana. Chinese banana muffins are extremely tender, moist, and flavorful. Yogurt and bananas provide the majority of the moisture. It’s also a great way to use up any overripe bananas you might have lying around the house.
Chinese Almond Cookies, also known as Xiaodianxin in Chinese, are made with ground almonds and are crispy and chewy. In Chinese, xiaodianxin means “cookie”. These almond cookies are made for the Lunar New Year to bring good luck.
24. Xingren Donfu
A popular dessert in China and Beijing consists of almond or kernel milk, agar or gelatin, and sweetened with sugar. It’s a soft, incredibly sweet dessert that literally means “melts in your mouth”.
25. Xinomavro Grapes
In Greek, Xino means sour and Mavro means black. Xinomavro is a red wine grape variety from Greece. The Naousa region’s red wine made from Xinomavro has emerged as one of Greece’s most well regarded wines.
26. X-mas Cookies
Delicious Christmas cookies Santa’s guaranteed to love. X-mas (Christmas) cookies/biscuits are traditionally sugar cookies in Christmas themed shapes.
27. Xã Đoài Orange
The Xã Đoài orange is of Spanish origin and cultivated in Vietnam. Oranges are citrus fruits that are round and orange in color. Originally from China, these nutritious powerhouses are now grown in warm climates all over the world.
28. Ximenia Fruit
A plum with a sour taste that is used in desserts and jellies. Ximenia americana is the botanical name of the fruit and it also goes by: American plum, blue sour plum, monkey plum, mountain plum, seaside plum, Spanish plum, wild plum, hog plum, and yellow plum.
29. Xalapa Punch
A Mexican cocktail called Xalapa punch. This drink is similar to sangria, but it is more bitter and sour. Xalapa Punch is a unique rum, brandy, and red wine punch enhanced with black tea and heated orange rinds. It is frequently served at parties and celebrations.
30. Xi Dou Fen Soup
In other soup, this one from the Yunnan province in china. Xidoufen is made from boiled pea meal highly spiced with garlic chili oil chili flakes onion and ginger.
Xampinyons is Catalonian Spanish for button mushroom. The mushroom is used in a dish called xampinyons en salsa (in sauce). This is classic tapas dish of mushrooms cooked with sherry herbs and lots of garlic.
32. X-ray Cookies
X-ray cookies are fun Halloween cookies that resemble x-ray skeletons. They are sometimes also referred to as medical cookies, or radiology cookies. X-ray cookies can be make with sugar cookie ingredients and covered with white glaze to resemble human bones.
33. Xia Mi
In Chinese, Xia mi means “dried shrimp”. Dried shrimp is a popular ingredient in Asian cooking. Add them in everything from dumplings to vegetables to soup. They are also known as rice shrimp (named for their tiny size not because they contain any rice).
34. Xacuti Curry
Xacuti or Xacutti is a curry prepared in Goa, India, with complex spicing, including white poppy seeds, sliced or grated coconut and large dried red chilies. It is usually prepared with chicken, lamb, or beef. It is also known as chacuti in Portuguese.
35. Xouba Fish
The Spanish term for the European pilchard fish. The Xouba’s young are known commonly as sardines, and are popular canned in oil. Xouba fish are also eaten as fully grown adults but less commonly.
36. Xian Garlic
This garlic variety originated in China. It has a full, rich, earthy flavor. If you want a garlic with a lot of spicy heat but also a lot of garlic flavor, this is an excellent choice for raw use. The taste mellows when cooked or roasted. The outer bulb skins are dappled with purple and white pinstripes.
37. XO Sauce
XO Sauce is a Hong Kong condiment made of dried seafood (specifically, dried shrimp and scallops, AKA “conpoy”), salty Jinhua ham, garlic, shallots, chili, and oil. It may sound strange, but it is an explosion of umami tastiness that you will want to douse on literally everything.
38. Xylophone Cookies
Xylophone cookies are fun and inventive, edible cookie idea for kids. Xylophone cookies resemble a children’s xylophone musical instrument. The 3D cookies are assembled to look like a colorful xylophone.
39. Xanthia Cocktail
An old-school mixed drink from the 1920’s. To make a xanthia cocktail, combine gin, cherry brandy liqueur, abbott’s bitters, chartreuse yellow, chilled water, and a luxardo maraschino cherry. Pour into a cocktail glass after stirring.
40. Xavier Soup
Xavier soup is a chicken soup from Italy with parmesan dumplings. It is a dish that is usually served on December 3, which is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, which is earlier in the Advent season. It is a simple dish of parmesan and parsley dumplings floating in a clear broth. It is warm and filling enough to be a main dish, but it is also light and elegant. I liked the grassy taste of the parsley the most.
Xiaolongbao is a type of small steamed Chinese bun that is usually made in a xiaolong, which is a small bamboo steaming basket. People often call xiaolongbao a type of “dumpling,” but they are not the same as Chinese jiaozi or wonton. Also known as the trendy “soup dumpling”, these steamed Chinese dumplings are filled with meat (traditionally pork) and hot broth.
42. Xiphias Swordfish
Xiphias is a swordfish species native to Greece’s Mediterranean Sea and its embayments (Aegean and Ionian Seas). Greek Xiphias Gladius is a meaty fish with a texture similar to grilled steak. Swordfish is usually marinated because it holds different flavors well. It is one of the most tender, sought after fish in the sea.
43. Xavier Steak
Xavier Steak is a simple dish made with a thick, grilled steak and melted cheese over cooked asparagus. The dish was possibly invented in the 1800s in New York. The steak and asparagus are both seasoned and cooked at the same time.
44. X-mas Cookies
X-mas (Christmas) cookies/biscuits are traditionally sugar cookies or biscuits cut into various shapes related to Christmas. The Christmas cookie tradition is to put out cookies for Santa Claus and his flying reindeer.
I hope you enjoyed this list of 40 foods that start with the letter X. While there aren’t as many options as some other letters, there are still plenty of delicious and interesting choices available. So next time you’re looking for something new to try, don’t forget to check out these foods starting with X.