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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

Located in east-central Mexico, Puebla’s origins as a state stem from the city of Puebla, which was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century as a major hub on the trade route between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz. This brought in many foreign ingredients that were combined with indigenous ingredients, often by nuns in the convents, to create many of Mexico’s most iconic dishes — mole poblano, chiles en nogada, tinga, and tortitas de Santa Clara to name a few. Cinco de Mayo, now a worldwide celebration of Mexican culture, also has its roots in Puebla, where it’s celebrated annually to mark the victory of Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. 

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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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  • 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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  • Oaxaca

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

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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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  • 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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Glazed Santa Clara Cookies

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Chicken Tinga

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Creamy Poblano Soup

Creamy Poblano Soup Creamy Poblano Soup recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 11 “Puebla: Food From a Colonial…

mole poblano

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Mole Poblano: Yes You Can!

The showcase of last week's class was one of Mexico's most famous and delicious moles, the Poblano, which originated in…