Puerto Vallarta’s traditional food is truly delicious. There are many world renowned chefs and food connoisseurs who’ve made Puerto Vallarta their home, resulting in unique culinary wonders. Plus, there’s the wonderful traditional Mexican food, which has been growing more delicious every day for several centuries already! There even is a gourmet festival that takes place every year in November!
There are more than 400 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and the surroundings. In most of them, you can enjoy a delicious meal with seafood; they’re usually the most popular. Traditional Mexican dishes are also commonly found since both international and Mexican tourists want to try our local touch.
Regional dishes from Puerto Vallarta usually include fish and seafood thanks to its coastal location. One of the local delicacies you must try is fish on a stick! They’re usually made with dogfish, marlin or shrimp. Don’t miss the traditional sea bream or octopus ceviche, fishballs, shrimps in tequila, shrimps in pumpkin sauce, shrimps in carp roe… As you can see, there’s several mouth-watering options for seafood alone. You can even go fishing and prepare your catch in these yummy local recipes!
Then, you have the Mexican antojitos. These are many types of appetizers that can also work as a delicious lunch. You can enjoy gorditas de picadillo (thick tortillas filled with a minced meat dish) with some sliced onion and cabbage, pozole (a sort of Mexican soup with a large kind of maize, shredded meat, usually pork or chicken, some chili, spices and a lot of yummy seasonings and garnish), or tamales al vapor (a sort of cake made with maize dough and filled with a cooked meats, vegetables and cheeses mainly).
The list goes on… we just mentioned the most important ones! To delight you even more and have you ready to try this deliciousness, here’s some extra info on the Fish on a stick!
Pescado embarazado / Fish on a stick
This dish is colloquially called pescado embarazado (pregnant fish) after a clever word play: pescado en vara asado (fish roasted on a stick). It’s made by slicing pieces of fish and covering them with lemon and then charcoal-grilling them. Finally you add some Huichol sauce and indulge in this lip-smacking treat!