Authentic Cuisine

Considered to be the "Most Mexican" of states, Jalisco earns its reputation not only as the birthplace of tequila, but also for traditional Jaliscan cuisine and warm hospitality—all equally renowned throughout Mexico.

While a variety of food will be available on our tours, traditional Jaliscan cuisine is simple, hearty and very tasty. In addition to familiar Mexican fare such as tacos & enchiladas, guests will have the opportunity to sample a few of the dishes for which the region is famous.

Torta Ahogada

This local mainstay is perhaps the most quintessentially Jaliscan dish you will encounter. The Mexican answer to the French Dip, the Torta Ahogada (drowned sandwich) takes a large roll of freshly baked sourdough bread, carnitas and freshly sliced onions, and drenches it all in a red salsa (mild and flavorful) for a perfectly balanced savory sandwich.

Chile en Nogada

The Chile en Nogada takes a large mild poblano pepper, stuffs it with ground beef, aromatic herbs, fruits & spices, and then drenches the whole thing (notice a theme?) in a walnut-based cream sauce - "Nogada." As a final touch, pomegranate seeds are added, giving it the "Tri-Color" of the Mexican flag, and adding a note of sweetness to balance the savory pepper filling.


Essentially a goat (or occasionally beef) stew, Birria is made with a wide variety of spices and chiles (among others, guajillo, ancho & cascabel). The result is a hearty, savory dish renowned (and field-tested) for its medicinal properties as a hangover cure!!

Carne En Su Jugo

Another classic Jaliscan dish, Carne En Su Jugo is a hearty stew of carne asada (charcoal grilled flank steak), beans, onion, garlic, cilantro, and, most importantly, bacon. All bathed in a savory beef broth. It's as simple and delicious as it looks, but guests are encouraged to experiment by adding spices, hot sauce and fresh lime to taste.

Don't eat meat?

Don't worry. As you can see above, though Mexican cuisine tends to feature meat, every restaurant we visit on our Valley & Highlands tours will have hearty vegetarian options.

That said kosher and especially vegan diets will be more difficult to accommodate, as animal products often find their way into the local cuisine making it difficult to assure the certainty of these dietary regimens. Please let us know of any dietary concerns or restriction in advance so we can make accommodations as possible.