A taste of the culinary culture of Aguascalientes will show you it's a melting pot of recipes that travelers from other lands have left as they passed through the state, recipes enriched over the years with local ingredients and ingenuity. The “Royal Road” of Tierra Adentro (Inland) was one of the most important roadways of colonial Mexico, crossing a handful of the central and northern states of the country. It was the route connecting the central region to the northernmost part of New Spain, as Mexico was known in colonial times, and was used by traders, nobles and slaves alike to move their goods. When you taste the diverse cuisine of Aguascalientes, you'll experience this extraordinary heritage firsthand.
Dishes from other parts of Mexico –such as enchiladas (tortillas in a spicy bean sauce), mole (traditional chilli- and chocolate-based sauce), birria (tripe), pozole (spiced corn-based soup) and lechon (baby pig)– took root in Aguascalientes, and new, exciting flavors were added from typical regional produce, such as grapes, guava, chillies and peach. Feel your taste buds dance under the regional delicacies of pork ribs with guava sauce, campesina soup, valentina-style chicken, cream tacos, sombrero soup, cheese and butter tamales, corn cake, Aguascalientes mole, four chilli noodle soup, Chichimeca-style rabbit, to name just a few.
birria de aguascalientes
If you're spending a few days in Aguascalientes, take a trip out to Calvillo, known for its production of guava –the raw ingredient for a range of delicious desserts, jellies, jams, empanadas and caramel-filled rolls. Another enticing product for which Aguascalientes is known in Mexico is wine. Though here you won't find the famous vineyards and traditions of Baja California, producers from Aguascalientes are on a mission to create higher quality wines and specialize in artisan production. Take a trip deep into Aguascalientes’ wine-producing lands: at the Letras Hacienda, tastings and tours of the machinery and process of production are offered; you can witness each stage of the journey, from the planting of grapes all the way to the finished bottle.