Tlayudas from Oaxaca, the Mexican Pizza

Tlayudas from Oaxaca, the Mexican Pizza

Have you been in Oaxaca? Well, let me tell you some things about this majestic destination in the south side of Mexico. Oaxaca is the birth state of two of the most important presidents in our history, Benito Juarez and Porfirio Diaz.

The food in Oaxaca is quite amazing. The colors and flavours are simply great. The cheese called quesillo (but Oaxaca Cheese in other places) is great for quesadillas. From Oaxaca is also the Mezcal, a liquor made out from the Maguey and of course, the heavenly Stone Soup or Sopa de Piedra which is made directly in your bowl or vase at the moment by adding to the raw ingredients a couple of heated river stones, but I will tell you more about this another time.

The tlayuda is a kind of tortilla but bigger, sometimes about 30 cm or 12 inch diameter but harder, like a taco shell. You can order one with several things, all of them special and great.

Usually, it is served with fried beans as a sauce, some fat, quesillo cheese, fresh cheese, even avocado or lettuce. You can ask for cecina (a salty dry meat cooked at the moment), chorizo, tasajo (a typical beef meat) or if you are feeling adventurous, ask for a guacamole with chapulines (fried seasoned grasshopers).

The tlayuda is so popular that many cities along the country have a restaurant where you can have one, but the best ones are in the very heart of Oaxaca. Have one on your next trip to Oaxaca, you won’t regret it.

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