One of the really great things about traveling the world is the exposure to different cuisines. If in your travels, you come to Mexico you will soon realize that the country is somewhat of a microcosm for the world at large; this is a vast country with varied cuisine to be found in every corner. Foodie heaven!
Of all places, though, we recommend the Baja California peninsula due to the spectacular array of specialities that can be found in this one area. Seafood lovers, in particular, will love this area for its dizzying assortment of fish dishes which are based on the best catch the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean have to offer.
Here are a few of our must-try regional dishes when you are visiting Baja California.
Almejas Chocolatas Tatemadas (Chocolate Clams)
Locally sourced chocolate clams provide the base for this delicious meal roasted on a bed of stones and covered in romerillo (an edible desert shrub). This dish is generally served with warmed flour tortillas and salsa. Chocolate clams are noted for being very large and meaty clams which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Tacos de Pescado (Fish Tacos)
This is perhaps the most iconic dish in Baja California; battered succulent fish and shrimp tacos are a staple of the diet here, and will generally be accompanied by gorgeous salsas. You can find these at local taco stands just about anywhere you go, but they also feature on restaurant menus too so you’ll be able to feed your cravings whenever!
Machaca de Mantarraya (Stingray)
Don’t let the name scare you off; stingray is a local favorite, and this delicious dish is one of the best recipes in which it can be found. Shredded stingray meat is simmered and seasoned to perfection with diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, green chilies, and native spices. This is all served in a warm tortilla.
Comida de Pobres
The name of this meal literally means “food of the poor”, but trust us when we say you’ll feel like a king while eating it in Baja California! This seafood soup features rice, beans, and a mix of vegetables all floating in a delicious broth that you can soak up with some flour tortillas. Cuisine for those rich at heart!
Other Seafood Delights
The list of great seafood dishes to be found in Baja California is simply endless, but a few of the most notable additions to the aforementioned list include smoked marlin tostadas, Jaibas rellenas (roasted or stuffed crab), and a dish called “Chilorio de Abulon o Calamar”.