Roasted poblano chiles stuffed with loads of cheese, battered with an airy egg coating, and fried until crispy equate to the Mexican version of comfort food.
At Tia Queta we stay true to traditional authentic recipes and prepare all our dishes with only the freshest ingredients.
Chiles Relleños or stuffed chiles, are one of the most traditional dishes in Mexican cuisine. It’s origins date back to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 16th century. It also has significance in Mexican cultural identity because of its historic connection with Mexico’s independence from Spain.
As with Mexican culture as a whole, much of Mexico’s culinary tradition derives from the mixture, or mestizaje, of Spanish and indigenous customs. The chile relleno, a roasted poblano chile stuffed with cheese and covered in egg white batter and fried, is part of this tradition.
Because the chile relleno is traditionally made with a poblano chile, and poblano is a term used to refer to people and things from the city and state of Puebla, the chile relleno is widely considered to have originated in Puebla.
When the Spaniards first arrived in Mexico, they found themselves in a strange and lovely land inhabited by diverse groups of indigenous people. To their surprise, these conquerors, who had come in search of gold, discovered that some of these native groups had made remarkable discoveries and advances in such areas as architecture, astronomy, art and metal work. Not least among these glories, the Spanish happily discovered, was the cooking of Mexico. Upon their unique agriculture, which included tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, chocolate, vanilla and turkey--all unknown to the Spaniards--the Indians founded an equally unique cuisine.
The distinctiveness of the Mexican cuisine has survived through the centuries and Tia Queta is proud to offer you a selection of dishes which are in keeping with the finest traditions of Mexico. We hope you enjoy your meal as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you.
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