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Chiles en Nogada: Mexico on a plate

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For many years we have dedicated the month of September to celebrate Mexico and the things we love the most from this amazing country. During the upcoming weeks we will explore the culture, traditions, history, folklore, colors and flavors that make Mexico such a special place to visit and to live.

Let’s start the celebration talking about one of the most iconic dishes of the Mexican cuisine, the Chiles en Nogada. Back in 1821, Agustin de Iturbide was  a military commander who actively participated in Mexico´s War of Independence from Spain and eventually became the emperor of Mexico. On his way back to Mexico City after he signed the Treaty of Cordoba which granted Mexico its independence Iturbide  passed through Puebla. The nuns at the Santa Monica convent decided to prepare a special feast combining seasonal local ingredients with ones from the new continent to celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain.

Traditional recipe is made with poblano chiles stuffed with a mixture of meat and dried fruits, covered in walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds. Traditionally Chiles en Nogada are prepared during the months of August and September when pomegranates are in season, and also coincide with Mexico’s Independence celebrations as the colors of the ingredients: red, white and green are those Mexico’s flag making this dish both patriotic and festive.

Being this gastronomic delight so popular and so representative of the Mexican cuisine, many of the local restaurants offer this traditional dish during the entire month, some of them following the original recipe, and many others recreating it, allowing visitors and residents to experience both the traditional and the new flavors of Mexico.

Below our recommendations for the best Chiles en Nogada in town!

Pacifico and Kupuri Beach Clubs

The Punta Mita culinary team prepare an amazing Chile en Nogada, one of our favorites, and this year, at Pacifico, they are offering two variations of the original dish: Chili with Seafood – stuffed poblano chili pepper with shrimp, crab meat and octopus with Oaxaca cheese and bathed with red tomato sauce, and the Stuffed Hungarian Chili with fresh fish ceviche and dried chili and toasted peanuts sauce.  *Available from September 1st – 16th at Pacifico Beach, and from September 14th – 30th at Kupuri Beach Club.

Hector’s Kitchen

This place has amazing reviews, its menu is described as “delicious, carefully prepared, imaginative—the kind of place you’d expect to find in or near a world capital“, that’s why we are sure than its interpretation of the Chile en Nogada won’t be disappointing at all!

Casa Tradicional Cocina Mexicana

This is one of the newest culinary additions to the area, easy to find thanks to their colorful Punta de Mita sign located right on the Punta de Mita highway, Casa Traditional will host a Chile en Nogada Festival, and rummor has it that we must try the lobster one.