The state of Zacatecas is in the north central part of Mexico. It’s high country with arid conditions ideal for ranches and raising livestock such as cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and horses. All agriculture in Zacatecas is dependent on the annual rainy season when the state produces some basic crops such as beans, chili peppers and corn. The local diet of Zacatecas includes plenty of meat. Here are some typical examples of the food of Zacatecas in Mexico.
The food of Zacatecas in Mexico
Asado de bodas
Otherwise known as ‘wedding stew’, the dish is often served at weddings alongside Mexican red rice. Dark chocolate is added to the stew towards the end of cooking to add a rich flavour, dark colour and silky sheen to the sauce. In Zacatecas, asado de bodas is seen as a symbol of celebration and achievement.
Birria de chivo
Birria de chivo is typically a stew made with goat or sheep meat or both, where the leg of meat is smothered in chili sauce, garlic, salt, thyme, cumin, black pepper and cinnamon and slowly braised.
Gorditas are a pastry made with masa dough and stuffed with cheese meat or other vegetable fillings then baked or deep fried. Gorditas variations in Zacatecas include Gordita de Horno: a gordita filled with goat-milk cheese that is ground with corn, milk, sugar and cinnamon. Condoches are gorditas made with sweetcorn mixed with cinnamon, milk, sugar and vanilla, cooked atop corn leaves
Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe cooked in a broth with a red chili base. Ingredients like hominy, lime, onions, and oregano are used to season the broth. Menudo is traditionally a food prepared by the entire family and is often served as a special occasion food after wedding receptions where the families of the bride and groom visit each other’s home to enjoy a bowl of menudo before and after the ceremony.
Capirotada is a type of Mexican bread pudding. The sweet dish features layers of nuts, cheese, dried fruit, and bread drizzled with cinnamon-infused sugar syrup. It’s baked in the oven until golden brown.
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