Chiles en Nogada -Mexican History in every bite!

You must try this dish in Mexico!

Chiles en Nogada Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Chiles en Nogada is a very famous Mexican dish that exemplifies the art of cooking in Mexico and highlights the food culture of the rich nation. If you have a chance to taste this dish, you certainly should. Here is some of the history behind this dish and where in Playa Del Carmen, you can find it so you can taste it.

A Little History of Chiles en Nogada

This dish was invented by nuns in Puebla, Mexico in 1821. It was made to present to the visiting Mexican Army General Agustin de Iturbide. He was involved in a decisive battle to gain control of Mexico City and win the Mexican War of Independence. He had just signed the Treaty of Cordoba which gave Mexico its independence in Veracruz and was on his way back to Mexico City. He was passing through Puebla and the residents presented this meal to him. This is why this dish is so closely tied to the Mexican Independence Day.

This dish has the red, green and white of the Mexican flag which also makes this a patriotic dish. Coincidently enough, Agustin de Iturbide is accredited with created the Mexican flag.

What is Chiles en Nogada?

Let’s break it down. Chiles (poblano peppers are used, they are like a dark green pepper and not spicy) en or (in) nogada (actually is walnut or walnut sauce). The peppers are stuffed with a ground meat that is usually beef and/or pork along with dried fruits like raisins and nuts. The dried fruit adds a little sweetness to the dish. The sauce is a cream sauce with pureed walnuts in it. It is topped off with pomegranate seeds.

This dish is really wonderful when prepared correctly. This is an incredibly complex dish and of course there are shortcuts. When the pepper is cooked with the filling and it is soft enough to cut with a fork, when the sauce has the taste of walnuts and quality ingredients are used, it is an incredibly complex tasting dish where you can savor the individual taste.

When it are chiles en nogada eaten?

This dish is traditionally served in August and September because it is the season for walnuts and pomegranates. Nowadays fruits and nuts are available year-round, and this dish can be made at any time of the year. You will see it as a special sometimes in a restaurant but generally the afore mentioned months are the best time because it is made special for the season.

Pik Nik Restaurant Playa Del Carmen
Pik Nik Restaurant on 10th Avenue serving chiles en nogada for the season.

Two restaurants in Playa Del Carmen to try chiles en nogada

  • La Perla Pixan Cuisine and Mezcal Store. This very Mexican restaurant is a great place to go for chiles en nogada because they dedicate themselves to retaining food culture from all over Mexico. They have a special of a chile en nogada and a craft beer for 200 pesos. They serve their version warm and the nogada sauce is incredible.
Chiles en Nogada Playa Del Carmen Mexico
This is La Perla Pixan Cuisine Restaurant’s version of chile en nogada.
  • Pik Nik Restaurant. This cute little Mexican restaurant is tucked into 10th Avenue between 24th Street and 26th Street. The friendly people here will serve you up their version of chiles en nogada. This dish is served warm or cold. They serve it cold here. 
Chiles en nogada at Pik Nik Restaurant
Chile en nogada at Pik Nik Restaurant.

We hope you get to taste this dish in Mexico. It certainly is history and tradition in every bite!

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  1. Thanks for the Chiles en nogada locations. These look so delicious, I want to try them. I had them once in Puebla on vacation because all the places sold them. But I miss the taste.

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