Tuna pibil tostadas

Chef Mario Espinosa

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DESCRIPTION

The flavors of the southeast are combined in a corn tostada, served with tuna marinated in achiote in the Yucatan way, with habanero chili, white onion, cilantro, avocado and red cabbage.

PAIRING

Cerveza Clara, Agua de Limón con Chia

FLAVOR RANKING

Salty
sweet
spicy
acid

INGREDIENTS

  • Tuna
  • Yellow lemon
  • Avocado
  • Achiote
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • White onion
  • Cilantro
  • Radish
  • Habanero chili
  • Garlic
  • Guajillo chili

Achiote

This red fruit grows on a small tree that grows throughout the continent of America, which Linneo named Bixa orellana. In the Nahuatl language, the name means red dye, and it is considered a sacred plant by association with blood. It is used as pigment and a condiment, especially in the kitchen of southeast Mexico, where it is used in sweets, beverages, marinades and stews that are its quintessence. It is cultivated primarily in Tabasco, Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula, and also in Chiapas and Quintana Roo; in Oaxaca, Sinaloa and Morelos it is produced in lesser quantities.
In the state of Tabasco the Olmec culture is developed, with La Venta as the first architecturally designed city to be planned in ancient Mexico. The first colossal heads in the capital of Villahermosa originated here.

Guajillo chili

Among the most highly consumed chilies in Mexico, guajillo is a dry reddish-brown chili that on average measures ten cm. long and four cm. wide in the widest part. It can be found in every market and is inexpensive. It is widely utilized because it adds color and consistency to stews, moles and salsas; it is usually cooked together with other chilies. When fresh, it is called "mirasol". It is produced in the central region of Mexico, in the states of Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco and Colima.
In Aguascalientes, the most important celebration is the Feria Nacional de San Marcos fair, which combines cultural events, sporting activities, rides and craft booths and largest livestock exposition in Latin America.

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.

Fermentation

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.

1-Observe

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

2-Touch

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.

3-Smell

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.

4-Savor

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!