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Michoacán

Known as “the soul of Mexico” for its deep heritage, home to the “carnitas capital of the world,” and the world’s largest producer of avocados

The western state of Michoacán is often referred to as “the soul of Mexico” and has one of Mexico’s most diverse indigenous populations. Its deep heritage translates into the hearty, very satiating regional cuisine steeped in tradition. The city of Quiroga is known as the “carnitas capital of the world,” and the state is the largest producer of avocados not only in Mexico, but in the entire world. Lake Pátzcuaro is one of its landmarks and the inspiration for the name Michoacán, which comes from the Nahuatl word “Michhuahcān” meaning “place of the fishermen” for those who fish on the lake.

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  • Michoacán

    Known as “the soul of Mexico” for its deep heritage, home to the “carnitas capital of the world,” and the world’s largest producer of avocados

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  • Jalisco

    Birthplace of tequila, mariachis, birria, and many more beloved Mexican cultural traditions

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  • Texas

    Shares the longest border with Mexico of any of the U.S. border states and home to Tex-Mex cuisine

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  • Sonora

    Known as “Mexico’s great frontier” for its ruggedly beautiful desert landscape, cattle ranches, wheat fields, and at the heart of its cuisine is carne asada

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  • Sinaloa

    A farmer’s paradise with an extraordinary cuisine that reflects the bounty of its land and coast

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  • Guanajuato

    Considered the birthplace of Mexico’s independence and one of the most beautiful and historical states

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  • Yucatán

    Land of the Mayan legacy with a cuisine unlike any other in Mexico

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  • Puebla

    A main culinary hub where many of Mexico’s most iconic dishes originated and the home of Cinco de Mayo

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  • Oaxaca

    A hub of art and cuisine that has been largely influential on Mexico’s gastronomy and culture for centuries

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  • Mexico City

    Mexico’s independent capital city and one of Latin America’s great culinary capitals

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  • Campeche

    An ancestral home of the Maya along the Gulf of Mexico

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  • Baja California Norte

    Home to the quintessential border town of Tijuana and a cultural melting pot with an exciting regional cuisine in the making

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  • Baja California Sur

    Home to one of Hollywood’s favorite vacation destinations, natural wonders, and an inventive, playful cuisine

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