Pan De Cason


Pan de Cazón

Pan de Cazón

Pan de Cazón, recipe Courtesy of Chachi

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

55 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.41 from 5 votes


  • 2 pounds cazon or dogfish fillets cut into 2-inch pieces (may substitute cod, swordfish or mahi mahi)
  • 3 sprigs fresh epazote
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons lard divided, may substitute vegetable oil
  • 2 whole white onions 1 chopped and 1 havled and sliced thin
  • 1 cup fresh epazote leaves roughly chopped, plus another 1/4 cup for tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons bitter orange juice or its substitute
  • 8 large tomatoes chopped
  • 16 corn tortillas warmed
  • 2 cups black bean puree warmed
  • 4 habanero chiles roasted or charred
  • 1 ripe avocado pitted and sliced

To Prepare

  • To prepare the cazon filling, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the fish, epazote sprigs and salt. Simmer on low until the fish is cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the fish and set aside to cool slightly, then remove the skin and shred. Set aside.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of the lard in a large sauté pan and cook the chopped onion and chopped epazote leaves until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the shredded fish and the remaining 3 tablespoons of lard, and cover and cook until warmed through, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the bitter orange juice.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce. In a blender, puree 2 cups of the chopped tomatoes. Transfer the puree to a medium pot set over medium-high heat and add the remaining chopped tomatoes, 3 tablespoons of lard, thinly sliced onion, 1/4 cup chopped epazote leaves and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the onions and tomatoes are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
  • To assemble, dip a tortilla into the black bean puree and coat lightly on both sides. Place in the center of a plate. Top with about 2 tablespoons of the cazon filling, then repeat the process of dipping a tortilla and topping with the cazon filling two more times for a total of 3 layers. ingredients.
  • Coat a fourth tortilla on one side only lightly with bean puree, and place bean-side down on the top of the stack. Ladle about 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce over the top. Top with a charred habanero, and garnish with avocado slices on the side. Repeat the process 3 more times for 4 servings.
  • NOTE: The most authentic version of this recipe uses roasted cazón or dog fish. However, substitutes work wonderful, as well.


6comments inPan de Cazón

  1. Jessaleah

    Jan 25

    Hi Pati,
    I would love to try this recipe and I always follow your instructions to ensure it comes out the way its supposed to. In the ingredient list it states 6 tbsp lard. But as you read the directions you will find the use of 9 tbsp of lard (6 in the fish mixture and 3 in the tomatoes sause)… I was wondering what amount to use? Please help. Thank u as always for your time and the amazing show and recipes you bring us! I really hope there is a season 7 in the near future:-)

    1. Pati

      Jan 25

      Thanks for the question! It is 6 tbsp. When putting the tomatoes in with the 3 tbsp of lard, I’m referring to the 3 tbsp that you cooked the onions and epazote in. Sorry for the confusion!

  2. Lauraeescalante

    Sep 10

    I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t eaten Pan de Cazon in years! My dad who was from Dzitbalche, Campeche always made this, cochinita pupil and panuchos for us. Along the way my mom from Reynosa, Tamps., who always says she doesnt know how to cook ended up making it better than him, lol! So thank you for the recipe & the memories it brings!!!

    1. Pati

      Sep 11

      Hahaha that is a great story! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. cassiusbob

    Feb 01

    Hello Pati,
    I cannot tell you how much I enjoied this epsode S5/E1 this recipe remined me of a dish I so much enjoied in Italy w/ salted fresh local fish that I would have never experenced had I not been w/ the local comunity Thank you so much for shareing this wonderful program. So many of your recipes chicken a la trash, the hibiscus/choclate brownies. ect…. have all been prepaired multiple times thank you again

    1. Pati

      Feb 02

      Muchas gracias! I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes and episodes!

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