Tepoztlan, Mexico is located just a few hours south of Mexico City, and it’s easy to find good food on the road to Acapulco. There are a variety of restaurants catering to weekend visitors and tourists. The local cuisine is based on pork, chicken, cheese or vegetable burrito sandwiches. If you want, you can provide chili. Grilled meat dishes are as plentiful as traditional Nava dishes, but pizza and burger restaurants are in short supply. The local platter is large, rich in fillings, and delicious. The streets of the city center and the colorful and exotic markets behind the main square (also known as Zocalo) are filled with dining options for all budgets. Here are some for beginners to try:
Restuarante Vegetariano Xochipilli at Ave. Revolucion No. 10
A beautifully decorated place offering tempting non-meat specialties. It’s a bit “tourist”, but the service is good, and the menu is varied, and it’s worth staying on your agenda. The price of local delicacies ranges from 20 pesos to the more generous around 50 pesos.
Los Colorines restaurant located at Tepozteco No. 13
Tepoztlan is a landmark building, with its bright pink appearance not to be missed. It is decorated in Mexican colonial style and offers a menu of typical Mexican dishes. The blue tortillas are a specialty here, making their enchiladas interesting to the eyes and palette. Most main dishes are moderately priced, mostly around 30 to 50 pesos. If you are a chocolate lover, try “Pollo en salsa mole” or chicken with mole sauce. Chocolate is the main ingredient of mole sauce. This dish has been popular in central and southern Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula.
in the market
Tepoztlan’s most unique food can be tasted in the vast central market behind the Zocalo (Main Square). In addition to the usual vegetable, meat, and poultry stalls, family-run stalls serving dishes that you must witness and taste before you can believe are connected from one entrance to another. All of their food looks good, but among the sampled foods, we recommend that beginners use the following two:
Antojitos Mexicanos Irma-Edith is located in the central market of Tepoztlan:
You hardly know where to start with the many “tacos” served here. These are hot tortilla sandwiches, which are heated with the ingredients of your choice, alone or in combination. They cost 5 to 12 pesos (50 cents to 1.20 cents) each, and they are great. Fillings include cheese, flor de calabaza (it is a bright red flower, and its flowers can be cooked and eaten!), potatoes with sausage, mushrooms, cochineal (these are a kind of cactus commonly referred to in the southwestern United States) Cactus), chicharron (fried pork skin) and tinga-a mixture of shredded chicken, chili and spices. The dark-looking tortillas are made of blue corn-a local specialty in Mexico.
Tacos (forget Taco Bell forever) with thinly sliced fried beef, sour cream and spices are called “Tacos de Cecina”. If you don’t want yours, I will take them! How about washing it off with Ameyal tropical fruit soda? There are kiwis, tamarind, Jamaican (a drink made from dried hibiscus flowers, popular in the West Indies), tangerines (oranges) and peaches-called durazno in Spanish and considered one in Mexico An exotic fruit.
Doña Lucia’s is located in the central market of Tepoztlan:
Here, you will be shocked by the taste, aroma, sight and sound, which will become the indelible mark of your senses. Start with Cecino de Yecappistla-blue tortillas, thinly sliced fried beef, locally produced cheese and spices. The enticing aroma alone will drive you crazy. How about the triangular “Itacates”, a pastry as a sandwich with melted cheese? If you don’t try at least one of the quesadillas “Flor de Chompancle” (also called “Flor de Colorines” by some locals), don’t miss it. When you are there, you can eat some “Chapulines” (they are fried grasshoppers), which are provided for free. Don’t hold back to us now! Try some. I absolutely promise: you will never forget this experience.
Tepoztlan is a mysterious place, home to dozens of artists, poets, writers and mystics. UFO sightings (called OVNIS in Spanish) are also frequent in this area. Several famous cathedrals adorn this town. The most prominent of these is the Dominican Pre-Christmas Monastery, which also houses a museum. The small streets are steep, often uphill, especially to the west of the main square. The thousand-foot steep cliff bordering the town in the north is an awe-inspiring spectacle. But don’t just believe our words. Come and see for yourself.