Choosing Chilis: Tijuana’s Festival Del Chile En Nogada

6th annual event celebrates traditional Mexican favorite & judges city’s best

6th Annual Festival del Chile en Nogada, Cien Años Restaurant, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico


TIJUANA, B.C. – A block of Avenida Revolución between 7th & 8th streets became the focal point for the 6th Annual Festival Del Chile En Nogada on Sunday, August 30th from noon until 9PM. Here, a gathering of fourteen hopeful chefs and cooks prepared their version of chiles en nogada: a Poblano chili stuffed with picadillo – a mixture of meat, apples, pears, peaches and aromatics – smothered in a sweet, creamy walnut-based sauce and topped with pomegranates and parsley.

Chiles en nogada is a traditional Mexican dish typically served from late August through mid-September, around the time that Mexican Independence is celebrated and pomegranates are ripe for the picking…



About W. Scott Koenig (103 Articles)
San Diego-based lifestyle writer W. Scott Koenig is founder of the blog, author of the book 7 Days in The Valle: Baja California’s Wine Country Cuisine and writes columns for DiningOut San Diego Magazine, and Scott is also the Food Expert for Baja California at (formerly FoodieHub), an international culinary site curated by over 275 experts.

2 Comments on Choosing Chilis: Tijuana’s Festival Del Chile En Nogada

  1. Margaret Reish Downing // September 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM // Reply

    Dear El Gringo — What are your suggestions for observing the “Day of the Dead” in Baja? (Anywhere in Baja)

    Thanks– Margaret Downing


    • Hi Margaret, and thanks for your comment!

      You know, I am not sure what happens for the Day of the Dead in Baja California. Oaxaca and Michoacan tend to get the spotlight in Mexico for their celebrations, so I haven’t dug too deeply into Baja. I did find this at though:

      “Baja California is not especially renowned for its Day of The Dead celebrations (Baja Sur more so), although Tecate in northern Baja (check out the Panaderia Mejor Pan, the best bakery in Baja, for its ‘bread of the dead’) and La Paz on the southeast coast of Baja, both have events to mark the celebration. Rosarito and Ensenada both have large cemetaries as well, where processions are held during this period. Baja offers perhaps some of the most astonishing arts and crafts devoted to the Day of The Dead theme. From tiny skeletal miniatures to $1000 paintings and life-sized papier mache figures, Day of The Dead takes on many lively faces here. Some of the top stores include Bazar Casa Ramirez on Ave. Lopez Mateos in Ensenada; Fausto Polanco (high-end furnishings and art) in Rosarito Beach and Ensenada; Alex Curios on Blvd. Popotla in Rosarito and there are many others. Tijuana, which in the past couple of years has become a tourism magnet, is offering graveyard tours, as well”

      Hope that helps!

      Scott (El Gringo)


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