Chilpancingo Food Stalls

One of the better places to hunt for street food is the collection of food stalls, or puestos, around the Chilpancingo metro station.  The area right around the station, at Insurgentes Sur and Baja California, is dominated by magazine, music, and sunglass sellers, but just a block away, west along Calle Chilpancingo or north on Calle Tlaxcala, are dozens of street food vendors.  To those passing by — including me for several months — the ubiquitous forest of tarps hides the sheer number and variety of taquerías and torterías, fruit juicers, and sellers of massive fried quesadillas, Russian-style “empanadas,” and traditional tlacoyos.

The taquerías, alone, are reason enough to visit, with those specializing in carnitas, grilled meats, al pastor, as well as guisados including octopus, bacalao, and chiles en nogada, which are chiles stuffed with meat and dried fruits and covered in a sweet paste of ground walnuts.   


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