Must Try Foods: What to Eat in Guadalajara

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November 29, 2023
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Guadalajara is vibrant city of culture and culinary wonder. With its unique blend of flavors and ingredients, the cuisine of this exciting destination is sure to tantalize your taste buds. I have to say it's one of my favorite regional cuisines in Mexico.

From traditional Mexican favorites to innovative dishes, there are plenty of must-try foods for you to enjoy. Whether you're looking for a light snack or an all-out feast, the streets of Guadalajara hold something special for everyone.

What is traditional Guadalajara food?

Guadalajara is known for a couple of dishes that are popular both in the city and the state of Jalisco. Birria (braised meat), torta ahogadas and carne en su jugo are some popluar dishes that come from the city to name a few.

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Torta Ahogadas

I absolutely love Torta Ahogadas, a traditional Mexican dish that originates from the state of Jalisco. This savory sandwich is made using hard rolls that are halved horizontally before being filled with a delicious mix of carnitas, refried beans and pickled red onions - all of which work together to create a truly taste bud-tingling experience.

Once the sandwich has been loaded with all of these yummy ingredients, it is then smothered in a beautiful red chile and tomato sauce which really brings out all of the flavors of the dish.

The resulting meal is a truly unforgettable culinary experience that is perfect for anyone who loves delicious, savory dishes with a bit of a kick. If you're a fan of authentic Mexican cuisine, then you simply have to give torta ahogadas a try - trust me, you won't be disappointed!


This traditional dish is made with delicious braised meat that is slow-cooked for hours to create a tender and flavorful meal. Once you try it, you'll understand why this dish has become so popular.

Birria originated in the state of Jalisco, and has since spread throughout the country and beyond. While traditionally made with goat meat, many restaurants now offer variations using beef. The meat is seasoned with a blend of spices such as cumin, oregano, and cloves before being slowly cooked in a savory broth until it falls apart at the touch.

What sets birria apart from other Mexican dishes is its versatility. You can use different meats and all you need is some tortillas and you have a hearty meal.

Carne en su Jugo

I absolutely love Carne en su jugo! It's a traditional Mexican dish that originates from the state of Jalisco and it's a perfect blend of a soup and a stew. The dish is made with tender pieces of beef that are cooked in their own juices, creating a rich and super flavorful broth. To add even more flavor, the beef is simmered in a tomatillo sauce and mixed with pinto beans.

This iconic Mexican dish is perfect for any time of the day, whether it's breakfast or dinner. I highly recommend trying this delicious and hearty dish, you won't be disappointed!

Be sure to try restaurant, Karne Garibaldi, when you are in Guadalajara. They have some of the fastest servers on the planet, haha. They set the Guinness World Record for fastest food service. When I was there, I was served in under 2 minutes. That's from putting my order in to the dish on the table. 

Tacos de Barbacoa

Oh boy, let me tell you about one of my absolute favorite traditional Mexican dishes - tacos de barbacoa! These little wonders are made with slow-cooked, juicy shredded beef that has been marinated in a delicious blend of dried chiles and spices.

It's then piled high onto warm corn tortillas and topped with chopped onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Let me tell you, these tacos are to die for! You can also opt for the "planchados" which come with cheese on top as well. They're perfect for any occasion, whether you're looking for a quick lunch or a tasty dinner with family and friends.

Pozole Rojo

It's a delicious Mexican soup that I fell in love with when I visited Guadalajara. What sets it apart from regular Pozole is the blend of red chiles used in the broth, giving it a spicier flavor.

It's also made with pork and large hominy kernels, which are a trademark of this dish. I love how hearty and comforting it is - it's perfect for a chilly evening meal. If you haven't tried Pozole Rojo yet, I highly recommend giving it a try!

A Feast for Your Taste Buds

In conclusion, discovering Guadalajara's culinary scene is a journey in and of itself.From delectable, traditional dishes to bold, new flavors, there is something for everyone to try. If you're looking for a unique culinary experience, Guadalajara is the perfect place. The region's rich culinary heritage combined with modern influences make it truly one-of-a-kind.


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