Allegra Hanlon
May 2020

Made from oversized corn tortillas called blandas and layered with asiento (a paste made from black beans and charred pork fat), cheese, beans, and chorizo, the tlayuda is sort of like a Mexican pizza. They can be bought at market stalls, street-corner carts and sit-down restaurants.

Tlayudas Arely

Located in the heart of Crucecita, Tlayudas Arely is where all the locals will suggest you go for your first taste of a tlayuda. The homey feel and fresh ingredients make this family-owned joint one you won’t want to miss.


La Casa de la Tlayudas

The name here leaves little doubt about the house specialty. The open-air tables offer a view of Crucecita’s Zócalo (main square), while the tlayuda toppings range from the familiar (mushrooms, chicken fajitas) to the exotic (chapulines, or toasted grasshoppers).


Taqueria Sabor del Taco

This small taqueria in Crucecita is a local gem. The tlayuda here comes with two kinds of salsa, halved grilled onions, and a choice of meats.


Casa Oaxaca

An upscale restaurant where you might take a fancier date, Casa Oaxaca is run by creative chef Alex Ruiz, who offers a high-end take on the regional specialty: a rib-eye tlayuda.


Tlayudas del Sector I

This orange-walled Crucecita restaurant specializes in tlayudas—particularly the juicy pork-rib offering with pickled vegetables.


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