7 Things in Mexico that are more expensive in the grocery store

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Most people think about moving to Mexico for a cheaper life. This includes food, but there are some things that will definitely cost you more in Mexico. Life in Mexico is basically what you make of it and how you adapt to local customs including taste in food. For more on cost of living in Playa Del Carmen, see our article here.

In general imported foods cost much more since there is a smaller percent of people interested in buying these products. The good news is you can find local replacements for some of these items.

Here is a fun look at 7 things that will cost you more in Mexico

Peanut butter! Do you love it? Better stock up! While most jars cost about 40-50 pesos some brands might run you 114 pesos! That is about $8.77 USD How about just a jelly sandwich?

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Cereal and especially healthy cereal! This Organic cereal will run you nearly $7.85 USD. Don’t worry oatmeal is cheap here.

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen


Cheese especially imported cheese! This blue cheese is nearly 1000 pesos a kilo! That means the average human at the same price would cost $6,462 USD! The good news is that local cheeses like Oaxaca and Queso Chihuahua are much more affordable.

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Asparagus. Think you have expensive taste? Wait till you try to cook up a favorite side dish of veggies. That is if you can find it in the grocery store. Plan on spending a lot of green on this green, about $4.50 a bunch.

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Chips. Bags of chips have been going up all over but you might find your favorite ones a little extra. These bags of chips will set you back $4.15 USD. Maybe you should go on that diet!

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Grapes. What! Yes, try getting good seedless ones as well. They are not often found in the supermarket either. Even though grapes are grown in the north of Mexico you are better off eating bananas or mangos. At $4.50 a bag you might not be so tempted.

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

Specialty products. This involves a lot of Asian food imports and American foods. This Hooters Sauce will set you back $11.08 USD. At that price you might as well just go to Hooters and save the extra for the tip!

Grocery Store shopping in Playa Del Carmen

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If you liked reading this article you might also like to read our article on inflation in Mexico and how it effects all of us.

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  1. I always try to buy more local products in the grocery store because they are cheaper. I like the fresh produce that comes on the trucks ususally on Wednesday to Mega. I also try to buy food in season in Mexico. The tropical fruit is so good here and saves me a fortune from where I lived in California.

  2. I had a chuckle when I read this. It is funny to see what things here are more expensive in the grocery store. I was trying to find corn flour in Oregon to make tortillas and I was thinking how cheap and easy it is to find in Playa Del Carmen. I guess it is good to shop local!

  3. I was looking at the imported food the other day and oh my! Some of the prices were very high. I do like saving on my other groceries. I stopped eating my jamon serrano about six months ago when the price started going up.

  4. It is amazing that inflation has not gone up more in Mexico considering the pesos has dropped about 18% in the past year and a half. I do notice the most cost increases are the imported foods in the grocery store. time to start smuggling in cheese and prosciutto rather then drugs. jajaja

  5. I was shopping in Mega grocery store the other day and saw the international food section. I don’t think I will be doing any none Mexican cuisine for a while. the imported stuff was so much more then at home.

  6. I’m amazed at the prices of fruit in the grocery stores in Mexico. Usually it is very good price it is the imported stuff that is more and more.

  7. Now with the peso loosing more value we can expect to see products going up. I guess I will be going on vacation to Europe to eat cheese and meat imported from there. Forget smuggling drugs, lets bring cheese and meat back. hahahah

  8. I believe this to be true with prices going up. I always like to shop at Mega and other small markets. I was in Europe last week and still appreciate the prices in Mexico.

  9. I am from Europe where the supermarkets have some cheaper things like products meats. I do love the fruits and vegetables here in Mexico because they are good quality and cheap. Many supermarkets in Europe have a small section of fruits and I like that much is produced in Mexico.

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