Beef tongue with pickled vegetables and papalo and pipicha (quelites)

Chef Ángel Vázquez



Beef tongue in a tortilla crust, avocado salsa and pipicha, with potato, green bean and cherry tomato garnish.


Cerveza Pilsner, Vino Rosado Nebbiolo




  • Beef tongue
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted coriander
  • Tortillas
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh bay leaf
  • Vinegar
  • Cambray onions
  • Cambray potatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Green beans
  • Pear tomatoes
  • Tomatillo
  • Pipicha (quelite)
  • Serrano chili
  • Avocado
  • Radish


This is a quelite, which is the generic name designated to edible herbs including young plants, leaves, sprouts and tree shoots. The majority is still traditionally cultivated in rural communities, and is consumed above all in rainy season. It is versatile, may accompany a dish or be used in salsas, soups, stews, tacos and sandwiches. Pipicha grows in the states of Puebla, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca and Guerrero.
In the outskirts of the capital of Tlaxcala, plantations are found that flourished during the colonial period and even more with the arrival of the railway. Among them lies the Hacienda San Bartolome del monte, historically dedicated to maguey cultivation and the production of "pulque", a ritual drink for ancient

The word mezcal is derived from the Nahuatl language: Mexcallí.

Metl = Maguey
Ixcalli = Cocido

Mezcal is obtained by means of a long and complex artisan process of baking, fermentation and distillation of the heart of the maguey cactus.

Each type of mezcal is unique, its flavor determined by the species of maguey, the tradition of the region in which it is produced and the recipe of the master mezcalero in charge.

Agave Karwinskii

Agave Americana

Agave Cupreata

Agave Angustifolia

Agave Potatorum

Agave Salmiana

Agave Marmorata

Agave Duranguensis

1- Care of the ecosystem

To ensure the continuity of the mezcal tradition, it is indispensable to take care of the ecological equilibrium, promote the reproduction of wild agaves, reforest and care for the fauna that pollinate the agaves.

2 - Maguey selection and trimming

Solely ripe agaves are selected - each species has a distinct maturation time ranging from 8 to 40 years. Trimming consists of cutting the long stalks in order to extract the heart of the plant.

3 - Baking the maguey

The agave hearts (also called piñas) are baked for 3 to 8 days underground in volcanic stone ovens in order to extract the sugars.

4 - Grinding of the maguey

The baked maguey is ground to extract the juice and begin the fermentation process of the sugars.


This is the longest stage of the process - the juice is allowed to ferment for 8 to 15 days depending on the climate and tradition of the region.

6 - Distillation

This is carried out in a still- the heat provokes evaporation of the alcohol which, upon condensation, will make up the mezcal. Distillation has three stages, the master mezcalero determines the quantity of mezcal to be used from each stage for the final blend.


Stir the mezcal to observe its transparency, the pearling and its body and consistency.


Rub a drop of mezcal between your thumb and index finger to feel the texture, which may be coarse, oily or dry. Next, place a drop in the palm of your hand and rub it so as to heat and evaporate the alcohol, then hold your hand up to your nose.


Discover the aroma of smoked maguey in your hands, smell the glass in different positions and open your mouth to take in the aroma, feeling the aroma as it intensifies, and try to find memories connected to these aromas in your olfactory memory.


The first kiss

Take a small sip of the mezcal and spread it over your palate, tongue and mouth. Continue smelling the mezcal until your tongue begins to salivate and prepare for a second drink.

The deep kiss

Take a bigger sip of the mezcal and then tip your head back, softly allowing the mezcal to pour little by little down your throat, drinking it very slowly.

The romance

Take a drink of the mezcal and once you have swallowed it take a deep breath, slowly inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nose. Feel how your sense of smell and taste connect to explore the full array of aromas and flavors.

5- Order another shot!