Regional Cuisine of Manzanillo, Mexico

A Taste of the Tropics - Manzanillo | Mexican Culinary and Cultural Tour


Treat yourself to a culinary tour of Manzanillo and sample the local specialties. You’ll find a variety of seafood, traditional Mexican and international dining options ranging from high-end Manzanillo restaurants, many of which are located along the malecon (waterfront promenade) and in the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone), to beachfront palapas (thatch roofed restaurants) and fresh seafood dishes in the local market. Manzanillo is dubbed the “Sailfish Capital of the World”, and it seems only natural that seafood would play an important role in the traditional local cuisine of this Pacific coast town. The region’s signature seafood dish is named after the state; Colima ceviche is a light and delicious dish prepared with fresh ground sailfish or grouper, lemon juice, orange juice, tomatoes, onions, carrots and chili peppers.

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Other seafood dishes that you’re likely to see on the menu in Manzanillo restaurants include camarones a la diabla (spicy shrimps), langostinos al mojo de ajo (garlic fried lobster), pez vela (sailfish), grilled crayfish, caldo michi (broth made of vegetables and fish) and a variety of seafood soups and stews. Once you’ve had your fill of seafood, there are two other traditional dishes from this tropical region that you’ll want to try. They are tatemado (pork seasoned with guajillo chili peppers, tomatoes, bay leaves, cumin and garlic) and chilayo (pork in a sauce of green tomatoes and guajillo chili peppers).

Food of Manzanillo
Food of Manzanillo

Manzanillo is also known for its sweets and candies including pellizcos de tamarindo (tamarind pulp candies sprinkled with sugar), cocadas (coconut candies with almonds or raisins) and the always popular nieve de garrafa (homemade ice cream or sorbet). Finally, wash it all down with a glass of agua de tuba (coconut palm juice) sprinkled with peanuts, or try the tejuino (a fermented corn beverage served with salt and lime).

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