Molten Lava

by Sarah on June 15, 2010

Have you had a dish called “molcajete“? Not to be confused with the actual DISH, or mortar and pestle, which is also called a “molcajete“.  The molcajete I speak of is the lava mortar, heated in the oven or over an open flame till it’s super duper hot, then filled with chicken, chorizo, cheese, grilled scallions, nopales, some pork, and a spicy broth over the top.  There’s probably more stuff in there that I’m forgetting about too.  It comes with a bunch of homemade corn tortillas and a little bowl of beans.  It is a to-die-for dish.

This version comes from my beloved Lalo’s.

It’s spicy, you might want to order an agua fresca as a preemptive strike.  These are papaya and pineapple.

Here is another version at a joint in Roseville.  It was good too, but didn’t quite stack up to Lalo’s.  Nothing does.

Yeeaaahh.  That’s what I’m talking about.  This thing is so hot it bubbles and boils for at least 15 minutes after they set it down—but you can’t help digging in and burning your tongue off.  That’s how good it is.  You willingly sacrifice the insides of your mouth in order to get that first taste.

At Lalo’s, you get a little bowl of these great charro beans.  They are sooooooooooooooooo good.  There’s bacon in there.

The molcajete for one is enough for two.  And at $10, that’s a screaming bargain.

Molcajete!  Muy delicioso!



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