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A Guide to Local Spices and Ingredients in Cabo Cooking

Yummy Team

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June 26, 2023

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If you are a foodie person, you should definitely try out the delicious and mexican food that Cabo San Lucas has to offer.  You will be happy to know that there is a seemingly endless choice of tempting cuisines. However, you will also be able to enjoy some international dishes in the local restaurants that offer everything, from casual options to fast foods. The local cuisine is actually centered on the ingredients which are secured from the sea and they are also super fresh, most of the times, catch of the day.

With the help of the perfectly seasoned and fresh products, the city will offer, various kinds of dishes which you should not miss. 

An appreciation for food is an essential part of Mexican culture. While it is common to typically think of Mexican food as tacos, burritos, chips and guacamole and even though this is not wrong, there is actually quite a lot more to it. Being at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California, Los Cabos is home to some of the most delicious seafood. Additionally, because Los Cabos is a rural region with large acres of land for farming, ingredients at restaurants tend to be local and as fresh as can be.

The native habitants of this region already had a large variety of delicious creations, and plates and with the arrival of the missionaries who added wheat, olives and vine, among other ingredients, to the mix, new native food combinations and new dishes arose with time. Sadly, this new inspiration did not live long as the Jesuits were expelled for failing to follow the Church and the king’s doctrine, so many of the Indian towns disappeared together and with them their gastronomic creations.

For example, most of the plates that will show you a guide to local spices and ingredients in Cabo cooking would be:

Shrimp and Fish Tacos

Shrimp and fish tacos are known to be the classic meals of Cabo San Lucas. There is a wide range of local specified, special seasoning, and freshness of the catch that combine to make the tacos a memorable and delicious meal during your visit. Small pieces of shrimp and battered fish are placed on the corn tortilla with tasty coleslaw, salsa, and vegetables for some extra flavors. The world-famous fish tacos that are not only popular in this region, but in many other places in Mexico, many have tried to imitate the local style and its delicious flavor.

Smoked Marlin

Marlin is the most common species that you will come across in this area, people here prepare in many different ways. Nonetheless, most of the time, it is shredded and smoked so that it is well-preserved. As a matter of fact, it also helps in enhancing the flavors. The meat is pretty delicious when it served with cheese and vegetables on the corn tortilla.

It is also served in a marinade along with the crackers, tortillas, and totopos, and the used tacos. In Cabo San Lucas, the marlins are always flavored and fresh. Hence, you should not hesitate to order it when you visit a local restaurant. Smoked marlin is also another dish that has been copied in many other parts of the country, although in each region adds its own special touch so you’ll find innumerable variants all over Mexico.


Famous Cabo San Lucas Drinks

As per the tradition of Cabo San Lucas, the meal should accompany Clamato. This is a drink which is made from clam and tomato juice. Another well-known drink is Damiana liqueur. This is made from the plant with the same name and combines with cane alcohol, sugar, and water. It is usually prepared with indigenous Guaycrua for various ceremonies. This is actually digestive liquor. As a matter of fact, it is also known to be a relaxing aphrodisiac. You will feel relaxed, plus it is said to be an aphrodisiac and is also an excellent digestive drink.

The diverse cultural influences in the area translate to wildly adventurous fare, but there are some traditional dishes that you must indulge in while you are here. You should not miss out on any delicacies which will help you to know more about Cabo San Lucas. While sitting down for a meal anywhere in Los Cabos is a delightful experience, learning what goes into the making of your food can be even more fun. Thankfully, Cabo Yummy Tours is in Cabo San Lucas. You should definitely do not miss the opportunity to experience our local cuisine that can help you learn more about Cabo San Lucas. Discover Cabo through its mouth watering traditional food, and you will undoubtedly discover tastes that will entice you to come back again and again. Begin with planning your dream Cabo street food scene adventure today! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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