7 junio, 2024

Typical foods from Baja California: the 25 most popular dishes

Some typical foods of Baja California They are the Caesar salad from Tijuana, the bread from Tecate or the lobster from Pueblo Nuevo. The gastronomy of Baja California represents a cultural and historical mix that has shaped a culinary tradition that is nourished by the sea and its most precious fruits.

In this area, seafood and fish abound, which have given rise to a series of well-known gastronomic routes. The tourist exploitation of places like Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos have promoted various initiatives such as festivals and celebrations associated with the culture of food and drink.

Activities stemming from breweries, vineyards, and markets that encourage culinary appreciation are also popular.

The state is located northwest of Mexico, and is located in the northern part of the Baja California peninsula, bordering California to the north, the Gulf of California to the east and the states of Arizona and Sonora, and the state to the south. from Baja California Sur and to the west with the Pacific Ocean. Hence the abundant presence of marine ingredients.

Typical Baja California dishes

Tijuana Caesar Salad

This recipe arises from the anecdote about some aviators who in 1924 were staying at the César hotel.

One night they returned to Tijuana very late, they wanted to eat something, but the kitchen had closed and the only thing available was some lettuce. The officers then requested that a salad be prepared for them.

The person in charge was the chef Livio Santini, who using Parmesan, toasted bread, lemon juice, egg, garlic and Worcestershire sauce, surprised the officers with a delicacy.

At that time it was called “aviators salad”. Eventually, the owner of the accommodation, César Cardini, assumed the authorship of this international recipe.

Tecate Bread

Following the tradition of the great variety of sweet breads of Mexican origin such as corn, pigs, horns, ears, among others, the version of the city of Tecate is quite unique.

This is because the bakers in charge of making it have followed the tradition handed down by their ancestors. It is for this reason that they have perfected techniques associated with the use of wood-fired brick ovens, which gives it that unique and distinctive flavor.

This famous bread has a diversity of shapes, sizes and colors, which can be enjoyed in traditional bakeries in the area.

New Town Lobster

This recipe popularized in the 50s has red lobster from the coasts of this region as its main ingredient.

It was a set made known by the wives of the Medio Camino fishermen, who after the catch invited visitors to taste it fried with butter and accompanied by sauce, beans, rice and traditional flour tortillas.

The community of Pueblo Nuevo, located 50 km south of Tijuana, is recognized for having a gastronomic scene that includes more than 30 establishments dedicated to preparing this recipe.

Fish tacos

Made from marinated sharks, this traditional dish also includes a breading made from eggs and flour.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy this traditional dish that is served fried in corn tortillas that also includes other ingredients such as lemon, pico de gallo, and mayonnaise to taste.

Another popular version of this dish can be found in the town of Ensenada, which has a 30-year tradition.

In the Black Market you can find multiple food stalls where they offer various types of fish combined with Mexican sauce.

abalone sausage

Abalone chorizo ​​is very popular in Baja California. The abalone is a mollusk that can only be found between December and June. It is prepared in different ways, such as fillet, pate, salad or cocktail.

Huevos rancheros

It is a dish with two fried eggs on a roast beef steak, beans, chilaquiles, avocado, fresh cheese and freshly made flour tortillas.

shark tacos

Its name arouses the curiosity of many visitors, they are prepared with shark meat, accompanied with cheese and pico de gallo.

imperial shrimp fillet

The dish consists of pre-cooked shrimp wrapped in bacon that is finished grilled. It is served with a coriander-based dressing that gives it more flavor.

lobster in butter

This dish is considered gourmet and is one of the most exclusive in Baja California, it is prepared with the delicate meat of the crustacean, butter, garlic, salt and pepper.

stingray machaca

In Baja California they use manta ray meat to make a machaca, in this case the meat is not crushed with a stone, but crumbled with the hands.

Grilled chocolate clams

The chocolate clam is a large mollusk typical of Baja California Sur, its exterior color resembles chocolate. It is roasted directly over the fire and served with a sauce made from mayonnaise, mustard, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Baja California Sur style capirotada

The capirotada is a popular sweet in central and northern Mexico, consisting of hardened bread covered with nuts, peanuts, bananas, guava, raisins, cheese and sweetened with piloncillo.


It is a dessert made from wheat flour and piloncillo, it is usually accompanied with a cup of coffee or tea. They are also filled with cheese and beans.

Green tomato jam

The green tomato is the most common in Baja California. It is boiled to remove the skin and extract the pulp, then it is cooked in a pot over low heat with the lemon juice, sugar and a cinnamon stick, until it reaches the desired consistency.

Tijuana Burritos

They are typical of the area, and are prepared with minced or ground beef, tomato, onion, and garlic, which are cooked together to make a sauce. Then they are filled with this stew, yellow cheese and refried beans. The tortillas must be the largest.

Sushi Tijuana

It is a syncretic preparation between Japanese and Mexican food, mainly due to the profusion of seafood and fish. Tijuana sushi is also very spicy.

Guemes Tamale

It is traditional from Baja California. The stew is prepared with pork and chicken, olives and raisins. It is one of the most representative.

Grilled beef tacos

Baja California also has an important meat production, which is reflected in its dishes. The grilled meat tacos can be beef or lamb, accompanied by guacamole, onion and cilantro.

Purple cabbage and pear salad

It is a sweet-tasting salad made with purple and green cabbage, pears, cranberries, walnuts, red onion, and carrots. The dressing is cider vinegar, honey, lemon and yogurt.

Potato and tuna roll

Baja California also produces potatoes. This dish is made with mashed potatoes and stuffed with a red tuna stew, which is abundant in the area. It is eaten cold.

Meatballs with pork rinds

This is another dish that shows foreign influences. In Baja California, meatballs are prepared by mixing beef and pork in equal parts, and chicharrón is added, which is the differentiating element. They are cooked in chicken broth.

Cream of corn with rice

It is a typical recipe of this state. The crema de elote, or corn, represents Baja California, and rice, cream, vegetable broth, onion, garlic, and butter are added.

lobster tacos

The lobster is a very common crustacean in Baja California. Lobster tacos cooked on the grill and then cut into cubes, with cilantro, guacamole or the sauce of your choice are common.

pineapple cupcakes

They are delicate mini empanadas filled with jam and pineapple chunks. They are part of the breakfast.

indigenous atole

In Mexico, these drinks are common, generally made with corn flour, which come from the pre-Hispanic tradition. It is cooked until a thick consistency is obtained. It is drunk on cold days, to celebrate births, but also at wakes and weddings. They are sold in any corner of the cities.


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