Chiles 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!