Welcome to Guadalajara, Jalisco!
With a population of 1.5 million people, Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico and ranked the 8th best city to visit in Latin America. Tequila, mariachi, a rich history, and traditions make it a popular destination. This city is filled with elegance and always promises an amazing time. Among its streets, you can admire magnificent colonial buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabaas Cultural Institute, which preserves murals by José Clemente Orozco, and the Degollado Theater. A lively atmosphere is created by mariachi ensembles, charrería demonstrations, and bars where tequila is the star.
The areas surrounding the Historic Center are equally interesting. To the north is Zapopan, a conurbation municipality that offers modern museums, restaurants and hotels. To the east is Tlaquepaque, famous for its ceramic works and its typical gastronomy. In addition, Tonalá, located in the southeast, is an excellent place to buy quality handicrafts.
In Guadalajara, the typical dishes hide rich alternatives to delight your palate. Some of the most recommended are the famous drowned cake, the birria made with goat meat, the Jalisco-style red or white pozole, a delicious meat in its juice, the capirotada, stuffed chilies, tortas ahogadas, among other delicious proposals that the perla tapatia has for you. It should be noted that the gastronomy of Guadalajara offers traditional Mexican cuisine dishes as a variety of international cuisine menus, this is thanks to the number of visitors it receives and that over the years, motivated the development of a quality cuisine.
Here's a brief description of 4 famous dishes you must try on your next trip to Guadalajara, Jalisco:
Torta Ahogada: This delicious dish is prepared with a birote (baked sourdough bread) split in half to which pork carnitas and beans are added. The torta is completely bathed in a spicy red sauce and served with sliced onions. It’s definitely a real delicacy you can’t miss out on!
Pozole: In Guadalajara they have their own type of pozole although it’s similar to the one consumed in Mexico City. This dish is made with a red, white or green pork broth, with corn kernels and a garnish of chopped lettuce, onion, avocado, radishes, oregano and chili pepper. In addition, it is accompanied with the traditional tostadas.
Birria: Another typical dish from Guadalajara and the state of Jalisco is the "birria", a dish based on lamb or beef, goat, cooked in an underground oven and covered with maguey leaves. You can accompany it with a sauce of chili and spices.
Carne en su Jugo: This dish is a beef consommé served with beans, bits of meat, and bacon. Then seasoned with chopped onion, cilantro, salt, and lemon juice to taste. Delicious!
El Jarabe Tapatío & Mariachi
Jarabe Tapatío is a Mexican folk art that recalls the sense of national identity fostered by post-revolutionary efforts to unify and celebrate their traditions and culture. The charm and grace of this dance, coupled with the vivid color of the clothing, offering viewers a dizzying collage of vibrancy and brilliance, have captured the hearts of folk-art lovers in Mexico and around the world. Click here to watch a short clip of this beautiful dance! The city of Guadalajara is one of Latin America's most vibrant cultural centers. Many cultural activities take place in the city because of the initiative of culture lovers, private institutions, the government, and the University of Guadalajara. Guadalajara is full of musical expressions. For example, in September, the International Mariachi and Charrería Meeting is organized, which is one of the cultural events that attracts mariachi exponents from all over the world, offers galas by numerous mariachis at the Degollado theater and charrería shows.