Cooking is a rite that, since pre-Hispanic times, allows us to learn about the cultural identity of a region, its history and the way in which the heads of the family worked to feed their people. Home cooking aromas rise from Michoacan kitchens, where the spices and the cooking of meat in earthenware pots prepare the senses for a feast of flavors.
Morelia, by being the capital of Michoacan, is the city where all of the flavors of the state come together, so that you will be able to find dishes from different regions. Try the placero chicken served together with chile ancho enchiladas; and the corundas, tasty little triangular tamales.
In Zitacuaro, one of the cities hosting those visitors who come to watch the monarch butterflies, be sure to taste the rainbow trout, the breeding of which is very important for the region’s food and economic life; also the head of beef cooked in the oven is a delicious treat.
To the south of Morelia, lie Patzcuaro and Uruapan, with delicious contributions to the state’s cuisine. In Patzcuaro be sure to try the traditional white fish, that only lives in this lake; the Tarascan soup, with tortilla and served with cheese; the olla podrida (rotten pot), a soup with beef, pork, vegetables, spices and crushed chile with pulque. Meanwhile, Uruapan, the gateway to the most abundant and rich region in the state, is also known as the avocado world capital, therefore you must try a cold avocado cream soup, and all of the avocado derivatives you will be able to find; the traditional Michoacan carnitas come from this region; and finish your meal with some sweet baked pastries (buñuelos).
Northeast of the state lies Tocumbo, a town of great importance in the state’s cuisine, as it was here that the famous “La Michoacana” ice cream stores were born. It is also one of the main regions where the charanda, a traditional Michoacan drink, is produced. In Cotija de la Paz, as its name implies, the world famous Cotija cheese is produced. Its hard consistency and salty taste is preferred with all kinds of Mexican snacks, not only those coming from this state. Finally, Zamora is the cradle for the irresistible Zamoran chongos, and also calls itself the region producing the best strawberries in all of Mexico; you should not contradict it and rather try some of these sweet temptations!