Foodology Merida

Chiles en Nogada

photo 1Chiles en Nogada are a culinary legend in Mexico. Like so many of the great Mexican dishes, Chiles en Nogada has a story all its own. Puebla nuns invented the dish in 1821, to honor a visit by Mexican General Augustín de Iturbide (the original designer of the first Mexican flag) and it has since become the dish to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. As labour intensive as making your own mole or building your own bodega, Chiles en Nogada is not the dish to cut your teeth on. But, if you’re comfortable in the kitchen, have a couple of days, an extra pair of hands, and some great tunes, this dish will blow your taste buds away.

We were lucky enough to get invited by friends for our first ever Chiles en Nogada. It was a visual feast and I am now inspired to attempt to make this dish in my own kitchen—I just need to coerce that extra pair of hands!

Here are a few recipes of this iconic dish.  Check them out, and let me know how you did—hopefully I’ll be posting my own culinary success story!photo 2


In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

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