Mexican and Guanajuato cuisine is a blend of history and culture, tied to specific regions and diverse traditions. It showcases elements of pre-Columbian origin in many of its dishes, reflecting the ancient roots of its cuisine and its historical continuity. These dishes are still commonly consumed and have been passed down for generations.
The cuisine also holds symbolic value, representing the ancient worldviews of indigenous Chichimeca and Otomí cultures. It is prepared with locally sourced ingredients and often signifies a connection to ancestors. It is served during special celebrations and events like Easter, the Day of the Dead, Christmas, and important life milestones such as births, baptisms, and weddings. The cuisine is deeply rooted in the daily lives of the people and can be found in public spaces like squares and markets.
Guanajuato was founded in the mid-1500s with the discovery of major gold and silver deposits that powered the region's economy. The town's cuisine reflects its rich history, incorporating indigenous, Spanish, and mestizo elements. During the height of the mining industry, Guanajuato's cuisine was diverse, ranging from opulent meals served to wealthy entrepreneurs to simple fare consumed by the workers in the mines.
The evolution of enchiladas mineras has transformed it from a basic bean or peanut taco wrapped in an enchilada tortilla to a symbol of the mining cities. Today, this popular dish can be found in hundreds of restaurants in the center of the country.
previously cooked and stewed chicken
previously cooked and stewed potatoes
guajillo chile sauce
lettuce salad with carrot and cucumber to serve with it
white rice as a garnish
Preheat a pan with a little oil; moisten the tortillas in the guajillo chile sauce. Then dip the tortillas on both sides in the oil and remove them from the pan. Fill with chicken or potatoes and fold. To finish, put cream and cheese on top of the enchiladas and serve with lettuce, carrot, cucumber salad, and white rice.
Cecina de la Sierra
Cecina de la Sierra is a traditional meat dish that is served in thin slices and seasoned with salt, lemon, and a savory molcajete sauce. This delicious meal is typically accompanied by refried beans and freshly-made traditional tortillas for a complete and satisfying dining experience.
avocado of the day
Mix the avocados, xoconoxtle, tomatillo, onion, cilantro, and lime to prepare guacamole. Cut the jerky and dehydrate it with salt and lime, and then fry it. When ready, serve with the previously prepared guacamole.
Pasta with Dried Chili Peppers
Pasta with dried chili peppers has been a beloved dish since the mid-18th century. People enjoy the spicy pasta either on its own or wrapped in tacos and topped with cheese and a flavorful molcajete sauce.
Cook the pasta in salted water; once ready, drain the water. Afterward, season the tomato, onion, and garlic and blend with a little water. In a saucepan, add the pasta and the sauce until it is reduced so that the pasta is moistened. Assemble and garnish with cheese and an avocado fan.
Gorditas del Bajío
Gorditas del Bajío is a traditional Otomí dish that is widely available throughout the state, with regional variations. Unlike typical tortillas, gorditas are thicker and can be filled with a diverse range of stews, including Lenten season staples like beans, cheese, potatoes, chicharrón, moronga, nopales, chickpeas, eggs, and shrimp pancakes. The options are nearly endless.
pressed chicharrón stew
Prepare and knead the dough, then form the gorditas; preheat the oil, and once it is ready, introduce the gorditas. Once they are completely cooked, take them out of the oil and open them with a knife to add the refried beans and the pressed chicharrón. Finally, add cilantro and onion to taste.
Guanajuato Restaurants Guide
Allende 3, Downtown
La Virgen de la Cueva
Ex Hacienda San Antonio de Barrera 37, San Gabriel de Barrera.
De Arriba 6, San Javier.
Peccato Di Gola
Plaza de los Santos, Marfil.
Alonso 42, Zona Centro.
Paseo de la Presa 76, Presa de la Olla.
Paseo de la Presa 76, Presa de la Olla.
Paseo de la Presa 109, Presa de la Olla.
Los Santos Square, Marfil.
Villas de Guanajuato 94, Villas de Guanajuato
Paseo de la Presa 168, Presa de la Olla.
Positos 69, Zona Centro.
Jardín de la Unión 3, Zona Centro.
Ponciano Aguilar 21, Downtown.
Chela & Chuchita
Alonso 25, Downtown
Festivals in Guanajuato
Once a month every two months.
Ruta al Corazón (Route to the Heart)
Every Saturday throughout the year.
Guanajuato de mis sabores (Guanajuato of My Flavors)
The weekend before September 16.
From October 15 to November 7.
Catando Mexico (Tasting Mexico)
Last Friday and Saturday of November.
INAH, Guía Gastronómica de las Ciudades Mexicanas Patrimonio Mundial, pp.51-61.