Multi-cultural Chiapas is home to 12 of the 62 indigenous groups officially recognized by the Mexican government. This means that it is a state that boasts a strong concentration of indigenous traditions that coexist harmoniously with old Spanish ways introduced by the Conquistadors and contemporary Mexican customs, as well as with ideas of its many visitors and foreign residents.

Chiapas food is a delectable blend of native and Spanish influences. The regional cuisine in and around San Cristobal, Chiapas differs from the cuisine in other parts of Mexico. In San Cristobal you’ll find a variety of beef, pork and chicken dishes prepared with local herbs and seasonings and often using less chili pepper than in other regions of the country.

San Cristobal offers some of the best dining options in the state where you’ll have your choice of restaurants serving up a mix of tantalizing traditional Mexican and international cuisines.

Regional specialties include tasajo (thinly sliced beef marinated in an achiote chili sauce), chicken with mole (sauce prepared with chili peppers, spices and chocolate) and pork with pipian (pumpkin seed sauce). Local artisanal cheeses are produced in the town of Ocosingo and seafood and dried shrimp are common in towns and villages located out along the coast.

Beverages unique to Chiapas include pozol (a corn based beverage flavored with chocolate or sugar) and tazcalate (a beverage made from ground toasted corn, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and achiote).

The Region

A Gastronomical Affair

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