Best Traditional Dishes & Food in Cabo San Lucas

Best Traditional Dishes & Food in Cabo San Lucas

There are countless ways to enjoy Cabo San Lucas, including diving into the Sea of Cortez, paragliding over the ocean and desert, playing golf on one of the many exquisite courses that are bordered by the ocean and the desert, or perhaps trying the local cuisine because, as the saying goes, the best way to get to know a place is through its cuisine.

If you love good food, you should taste some of what Cabo San Lucas has to offer. The city offers an almost limitless selection of delectable foods for all tastes and price ranges. However, the local dining places, which serve everything from casual fare to fast food, also let you sample some international cuisine.

The top traditional foods to sample when you visit Cabo San Lucas are listed below.


TacosTacos are traced back to the 18th century, when the term tacos de minero (miners’ tacos) referred to gunpowder used in extracting precious ore from mines. Today, the term “taco” refers to Mexico’s most popular street food and fast-food favorite: flat, thin tortillas baked in griddle, topped with a variety of fillings, folded, and eaten without the use of utensils.

Tacos are served at these restaurants in Cabo: The Market at Quivira, Tacos Gardenias, La Taquiza Centro, Maria Jimenez Restaurante Mexicano, and La Lupita Taco & Mezcal.

Almejas Chocolatas (Mexican Chocolate Clam)

Almejas Chocolatas (Mexican Chocolate Clam)This exquisite shellfish is cooked in an unusual manner. It is roasted on a stone bed and covered in a regional herb known as “romerito” or “little rosemary,” which adds a unique flavor to the clams. Once the herb has been well-absorbed, this traditional delicacy is now ready to be enjoyed.

Almejas Chocolatas are served at these restaurants in Cabo: “Los Cerritos” Seafood, Las Mariscadas, El Toro Guero Seafood, and Mariscos Las Tres Islas.


EnchiladasThe word enchilada, which comes from the Spanish word enchilar which means to season with chili pepper, first appeared in print in 1885. The tortilla used in enchiladas is typically coated in a chili-based sauce before being filled with a variety of ingredients, such as cheese, meat, or seafood. It is then wrapped, baked, and topped with onions, beans, sauces, or additional cheese.

Enchiladas are served at these restaurants in Cabo, among others: Los Tres Gallos, Restaurante Maria Corona, Maria Jimenez Restaurante Mexicano, and Las Guacamayas.


CarnitasCarnitas is a savory cuisine that has its origins in Michoacán, Mexico. It is usually prepared with pork shoulders or front sections that have been braised, roasted, or cooked in its own fat for an extended period of time until it is completely supple and flavorful. Then the heat is increased until the outside of the meat is crispy and shreddable. This traditional food is frequently served with salsas, beans, tortillas, lime, guacamole, or fresh veggies.

Carnitas is served at these restaurants in Cabo: Los Michoacanos, Metate Cabo, Carnitas los Michoacanos, Carnitas Tarascos, and Carnitas los Michoacanos.


QuesadillaAn enjoyable Mexican snack called quesadilla consists of a wheat or corn tortilla stuffed with melted cheese. It is frequently consumed after being folded in half. Other fillings like meats, beans, or potatoes are permitted inside a quesadilla, but cheese is always required.

Quesadilla is served at these restaurants in Cabo: Cabo Quesadillas, Tacos Gardenias, 1 & Only Taco, and Las Chidas Quesadillas.

Tacos de Pescado

Tacos de PescadoThe Baja California region of Mexico is where Tacos de Pescado first appeared. These corn flour tacos are stuffed with fried or grilled fish, cabbage or lettuce, and either sour cream or mayonnaise as a garnish.

Tacos de Pescado are served at these restaurants in Cabo: Tacos Gardenias, Metate Cabo, Los Claros, and 1 & Only Taco.

Queso Fundido

Queso FundidoFrequently served as an appetizer, queso fundido is a delicious comfort food that originates from Mexico. Chorizo bits, tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers, and stringy, oozy melted cheese are all included. In restaurants, the meal is frequently made tableside, flambéed, and served steaming hot in little casserole dishes.

Queso fundido is served at these restaurants in Cabo: Los Tres Gallos, Metate Cabo,  El Peregrino, and Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.


EnmoladasEnmoladas are basically Mexican enchiladas coated in mole sauce. Although the enchiladas can be filled with a variety of fillings, chicken and shredded cheese are the most popular. The tortillas are fried first, immersed into the heated mole sauce, then filled with cheese and chicken.

Enmoladas are served at these restaurants in Cabo: Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, Mi Casa, Mi Casa, and Los Tres Gallos.

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Don’t pass up any opportunities to sample regional cuisine that can help you learn more about Cabo San Lucas. Discover Cabo through its mouth watering traditional food, and you’ll undoubtedly discover tastes that will entice you to come back time and time again.

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