Sauce prepared with more than 30 ingredients, frequently used to cover chicken or turkey, or enchiladas, in this case known as "enmoladas".
Chiles en nogada
Poblano chili stuffed with a mixture of meat, spices, and fruits, topped with a walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.
Sweet made from sweet potato, several fuits and sugar.
Typical food of Puebla, Mexico
Native and Spanish ingredients are mixed in the cuisine of Puebla, adding a mestizo essence and making it famous around the globe
The cuisine of Puebla represents not only the city or the state, but the entire country. Some of the most famous regional dishes can be found in specific times of the year, being highly popular. Chile en nogadais one of those dishes and it is internationally regarded as one of the finest and most representative Mexican specialties. It consists of a poblano chili stuffed with beef and pork, and fruits such as banana, pear, apple, and peach, which is coated and fried in oil. It is then covered with a white sauce of walnut, cream and cheese, and decorated with pomegranate seeds and parsley leaves. Mole poblanois a colonial dish mainly consisting of a thick sauce made with a variety of ingredients, including mulato and pasilla chilies, almonds, raisins, peanuts, clove, cinnamon, and a touch of chocolate; served with chicken or turkey, or as an accompaniment for many other dishes. Puebla is also famous for its succulent cemitas, a sandwich made with crusty bread covered with sesame seed, stuffed with a main ingredient as beef, pork, or chicken, with avocado, cheese, peppers, onion, papalo, and a touch of olive oil. Another Mexican snack is the Chalupa, fried corn or wheat tortilla shaped like a small canoe or chalupa, which are filled with cheese, chopped onion, chicken or beef, and topped with a sauce.
There are many good options to sweeten your palate. Camotes are sweet potatoes prepared with sugar and fruits, served in various colors and flavors. The borrachitos are rectangular soft sweets containing wine or liqueur, they come in different colors. Other sweet options include polvorones de nuez,cocadas, macarrones, the famous tortitas de Santa Clara, (cookies filled with pumpkin seed), and rosquillas de canela.
To cool off, nothing better than the Pasita liqueur, presented in a tequila glass with a bit of cheese, which you can find in a bar called La Pasita, in downtown Puebla, near Plazuela de los Sapos. Another typical beverage is pulque, obtained from aguamiel, natural or cured, when mixed with fruits.
To enjoy these delicacies you can visit La Fonda de Santa Clara, Mercado del Carmen, Chalupas San Francisco, La Casita, Dulcerias Santa Clara, and La Gran Fama, specialized in sweets of Puebla.
-If you travel to Puebla between November and April, you should bring winter clothing. -If you travel during the summer, pack light clothing and sunscreen. -Bring comfortable shoes to walk on the cobbled streets of the historic center.
The weather in Puebla, Mexico
Puebla has a temperate climate throughout the year, with nights that tend to be cold and days that are a little warm. The annual average temperature is 18 ºC (64.4 °F).
What to bring by season
Rainfall is usually heavy from late April to early October, falling in the afternoon and the evening. Daytime temperatures range from 25-28 °C (77-82 °F) and drop down to 10-12 °C (50-54 °F) at night. You should bring sunscreen, a hat or a cap, sunglasses, comfortable shoes for walking on the cobblestone streets of the historic center, light clothing for daytime wear, warm clothes for the evenings, and a folding umbrella or rain jacket.
Rainfall is scarce between November and April. January is the coldest month, while February and March are very windy, and it may even hail. Daytime temperatures do not vary much from summer months. However, nights are very cold with temperatures that can record 5 ºC (41 °F) or less. You should bring light clothing for daytime wear, and a thick jacket, scarf, gloves, and a hat for the cold evenings.
Known as the Reliquary of America, Angelópolis or Puebla de los Angeles, the Heroic PuebladeZaragoza isa city located in the east of central Mexico; it was founded in 1531 and is surrounded by the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. This city, capital of the Mexican State of Puebla, has all the benefits of a modern city but preserving the charm of a picturesque village. Because of its more than five thousand colonial buildings, most of them Renaissance-Baroque style, the historic center was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987, making it one of the most visited sites in Mexico.
Some of the most representative examples of the richness of Puebla are Puebla Cathedral,an authentic architectural jewel with the tallest church towers in the country; and the Chapel of the Rosario,a temple from the 17th century, which is one of the greatest achievements of the Baroque art of New Spain. Other landmarks include the Palafoxiana Library,built in the 17th century as the first public library in Latin America; and the Amparo Museum,located in a beautiful colonial building housing pre-Hispanic, Viceregal and contemporary art pieces. The Zocalo is the cultural, political, social and religious center of the city; its square full of trees and sculptures, is surrounded by portales with plenty of coffee shops and restaurants that serve the exquisite and world famous traditional cuisine of Puebla.
Other highlights are the Museum of Viceregal Art,built in 1541; the National Railway Museum, a place located in what once were two railway stations; and the Museum of the Revolution, located in the former house of Aquiles Serdán, leader of the anti-reelection movement that was born and died in Puebla. In the surrounding streets of the historic center you can see buildings with facades coated in talavera, being Casa de los Muñecos the most representative; it is a property decorated with tiles and murals with human caricatures which also houses a restaurant. There is also Callejón de Los Sapos,a tourist corridor with colorful facades where you will find a great variety of handcrafts, furniture and antiques.
Within 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) of downtown Puebla you can visit Fort Loreto and Fort Guadalupe, where the Battle of Puebla was fought;and Parque de los Fuertes,home of the bastions of the Mexican resistance used during the second French intervention in the country, as well as the monument to Ignacio Zaragoza, the main hero of this movement.
Angelópolis is the modern part of the city, a financial district that includes corporate offices, luxury residential complexes, renowned hotels, plus shopping and entertainment centers. Parque Linear, an entertainment center that consists of three artificial lakes, jogging tracks and the spectacular Star of Puebla, aferris wheel that has the Guinness world record for being the observation wheel with larger diameter in the world.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).