Celaya Cuisine | What to Eat in Celaya
The city of Celaya is famous for its candies, the majority of which are created using milk as the primary ingredient. Influenced by Spanish traditions, cajeta (a type of caramel) is made with brown sugar, cinnamon, and goat's milk. It's slightly different to "Dulce de Leche" another famous Mexican candy, which is made with cow's milk.
During the colonial era many candies were made using traditional Iberian methods. When the Spanish settled in Mexico, they found that the goats adapted much quicker to the environment than their cows, so they changed their recipes and the final result turned out to be cajeta. The name is derived from local wooden storage boxes called "Cajetes".
There are various types of cajeta, depending on the preparation techniques and the extra ingredients added. For example, "cajeta quemada" (burnt caramel), is the most traditional form, then there is "cajeta envinada", which has liquor added. Other types are made with vanilla, pecans, raisins, pine nuts, almonds and strawberries. Other products made in the shops and small factories in the city are cajeta toffees, wafers, lollypops, and many more.
Gorditas de Tierras Negras
Celaya has an enormous range of delicious fast food. One specialty from the region is the famous "Gorditas de Tierras Negras", which are traditionally from the Homonimo neighborhood, one of the oldest areas of the city. They are made with cornflour and filled with "migajas" (leftovers from pork "carnitas") or with cheese and guajillo chili. Other dishes have also been incorporated, including potatoes with chorizo sausage, pork rinds in salsa, chicken mole, cactus and meat, and many others. The best gorditas can be found around the Temple of Carmen, and the Canitos market.
If you are visiting the downtown area or Alameda, then try the delicious "duritos". They are a type of tostada, however instead of using a corn tortilla they use a hard pork rind. They cover them with pork skin, steak tartare, tuna, shrimp, octopus, and pigs ears, accompanied by avocado, cabbage, lime, and a variety of salsas.
Pacharelas are a very famous and traditional snack in the city. These tacos are bigger than usual and come filled with tripe, pork rinds, cheese and beans. That tortilla is thick and handmade and they come served with a delicious salsa made in a pestle and mortar.
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