New-to-Me Mexican Food

Recently, I went to Guadalajara and Oaxaca and discovered dishes I'd never seen in Mexican restaurants in the U.S. Who decided that a taco was worthy of an American diner but entomatadas weren't????? Mexican cuisine is so varied, so interesting, so delicious. It really is a shame that restaurants here in the U.S. reduce Mexican food to tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

While I was in Mexico, I tried the following:

Chilaquiles (tortilla chips cooked in tomato sauce served as breakfast):

Tlayuda (a crisp tortilla--think tostada--covered with beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and topped with cecina, cured pork):

Sopa Xochitl (soup with squash, sweet corn, and squash flowers):

Sopa de guia con chochoyotes (soup made with chayote squash leaves):

Entomatadas (think enchiladas prepared with a tomato sauce rather than a sauce with chile):

Sopa de nopal (soup made with prickly pear cactus):

Chile en nogada (this dish at Azucena Zapoteca in San Martin Tilcajete was a stand out: poblano chile stuffed with picadillo and raisins, topped with a walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds):

Sopa de Azteca: (thick broth with tortilla chips and chunks of cheese and avocado):

Guajolote con Mole Manchamanteles (turkey served with a mole sauce made of chile and fruit, banana stuffed dumplings and corn fritters eaten at the wonderful Los Danzantes):

I loved each one of these dishes and wish that I could find them here in Fresno. Yes, I bought a cookbook. Yes, I already own a cookbook by Rick Bayless. Yes, I know about Susanna Trilling. I guess I'm going to have to start cooking . . . as soon as I lose the pounds I gained eating this delicious food in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

Restaurante Azucena Zapoteca
Highway 175 to Puerto Angel (Km 23.5)
San Martin Tilcajete
Oaxaca, Mexico
(951) 510 7844

Los Danzantes
Macedonio Alcalá 403-4
Centro Historico, C.P. 68000
Oaxaca, Mexico
(951) 501-1184

4 thoughts on “New-to-Me Mexican Food

  1. Claudia Yuskoff

    Hi Kathee,
    Your post made me hungry. I live in So Cal and thankfully restaurants here have a variety of Mexican food outside of tacos, burritos, etc. I'm glad you were able to indulge in Mexican Gastronomy while you visited. If you are looking for traditional recipes I have a video blog with various recipes, including entomatadas. Hope you'll stop by my kitchen.

  2. Alex Espinoza

    Didn't I tell you? See, this is what I'm always whining about when it comes to Mexican food in the US. People just have no clue what real Mexican food is like.


  3. John J

    I know a place where you can get your chilaquile fix. But they probably aren't as good as the fancy one's you got to have down there. I wouldn't want to get in the way of you cooking yourself.
    --John J

  4. Doña Masita

    Dear Kathee, I'm happy you got to be face to face with a large variety of mexican food, and I'm glad you liked it. This is my website: it's dedicated to hispanic cuisine, and of course it contains dishes like chilaquiles, enchiladas, tostadas and many many more. I hope you like it.

    Best Regards,

    Doña Masita


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