Since we have been living in Tijuana, our grocery shopping habits have changed…drastically. And for the better.

Now instead of going to the grocery store once a week, like we did in Colorado, we go to OXXO…every day.

Seriously every day. Often twice a day. Three times a day? Yes.

Why Oxxo is Better

True – I compare going to the grocery store with going to the dentist.

Something I hate to do…but have to do it.

They try to make my experience better. Almost bearable sing-along 80’s pop music playing over the speaker system, free samples throughout the store and crowds of people to maneuver around – should be fun right?


This is why I present to you, my shopping list of daily necessities from OXXO. The local corner store in Mexico. The equivalent to 7/11, except with hot sauce and spicy candies. There is one on every corner.

Not exaggerating at all.


We used to live directly behind one, close to the Tijuana beach (I’ll save the rat story for another day). Oxxo was my second kitchen. I would just pop over anytime I needed garlic, onion, ketchup, mayo, eggs; whatever staple I realized I was out of at the last minute.

My saving grace and IMO, one of the biggest perks of living in Tijuana.

They have almost everything you require for staples and some damn good snacks, in a pinch.

It makes living in Tijuana so much better. My last visit to Colorado made me realize how much I love Oxxo, when I found myself driving 15 minutes each way to the nearest market or grocery store.

(That took some serious planning. I wish I was that organized.)

Since we have been living in Tijuana, I’ve switched from weekly grocery trips, to twice-daily Oxxo trips.

Daily Oxxo Visits

The employees at Oxxo know me as the (cute!) gringa who comes with her own reusable t-shirt shopping bag and a huge basket, every time I visit.

I get so embarrassed at how many times I go back each day, that I rotate stores just so each employee thinks I only go once in a while.

Do I need a therapist? Probably.

Staples from Oxxo

My go-to list of essential staples is consistent:

  • Cat food (Whiskas wet cat food in individual packets)
  • Trash bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Eggs
  • Black beans (to cook in the traditional Olla)
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Bananas (smoothies almost every morning)
  • Peanuts (Japanese, Hot Nuts, enchilados and salted peanut mixes)
  • Almond milk
  • Cereal (small boxes because we don’t eat it more than once a week now)
  • Apples
  • Limes
  • Spices (garlic, cinnamon, garlic salt)
  • Some produce (Iceberg lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, bananas, apples)
  • Cranberries (trail mix!)
  • Almonds (if they have them – trail mix!)
  • Wine and beer!
  • Ground coffee
  • Abuelita chocolate

Things you can’t find at OXXO:

  • Real butter, not margarine
  • Sugar-free yogurt
  • Sometimes almond milk, depending on the day
  • Coconut cream (smoothies!)
  • Chocolate chips (trail mix!)
  • Variety of produce (broccoli, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce)
  • Meats (depending on the OXXO – most have cold cuts and some have an entire meat department)

Save Money!

I appreciate you clicking through any of the links above. If you buy anything on Amazon, I get a small percentage so thanks! Or better, come visit us for some fish tacos and we’ll take you to the market for a much better price!

True that Oxxo prices are a few pesos more than the large grocery chains, but I still save money by buying only the things I need. Where at the grocery store, I would buy many more things out of impulse.

So Oxxo actually saves me money! As long as I stay away from the cookies, chips and carbonated beverages.

All praise for Oxxo! It is one of the things I love about living in Tijuana…and now I just can’t live any other way.


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