The Greatness of Oaxacan Cuisine

Oaxacan cuisine is a regional cuisine of Mexico, centered on the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the state of the same name located in southern Mexico. The people of Oaxacan are descended from the Mayans and live in the part of Mexico that was the heart of the old Mayan empire in the Yucatan.

The Oaxaca is one of Mexico's major gastronomic, historical, and gastro-historical centers whose cuisine is known internationally.

Like the rest of Mexican cuisine, Oaxacan food is based on staples such as corn, beans and chile peppers, but there is a great variety of other ingredients and food preparations due to the influence of the state’s varied geography and indigenous cultures. Corn and many beans were first cultivated in Oaxaca. Well known features of the cuisine include ingredients such as chocolate (often drunk in a hot preparation with spices and other flavorings), mezcal with dishes such as tlayudas, Oaxacan style tamales and seven notable varieties of mole sauce - including chocalate mole. The heart of Oaxacan cuisine are moles and chocalate mole in particular is a dish that everyone should try - it's amazing and not what you think it will be. Mole is spicy but you can taste the chocalate at the same time. Chocalate Mole with chicken is a glassic Oaxacan dish. My personal favorite is the Oaxacan mole based on pumpkins.