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Teocintle Maiz

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Traditional Mexican cuisines from across the country, with some plates given a contemporary flair.

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Since opening in January 2017, Teocintle has become TripAdvisor’s number-one-rated restaurant in Ajijic.

Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor’s menu includes Mexican dishes from across the country, such as Oaxaca, Veracrúz or Tlaxcala. The plates are mostly traditional examples that use the common ingredients found in each region. But Gloria is also sure to include unique interpretations on the menu of otherwise standard regional comida típica.

The menu changes every three to four months to keep things interesting and take advantage of seasonal ingredients.

Gloria and her partner, fellow owner Ricardo Robledo Ramos, starting dating while the two were working at Alex’s Pasta Bar in Ajijic. Now together at their own restaurant, Ricardo manages the front of the house while Gloria cooks and orchestrates the kitchen each afternoon and evening. Both were raised in Ajijic.

In the past, the restaurant has had a split shift, shutting down for a siesta mid-afternoon. These days, they are open from 2:30-9:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.

Reservations are highly recommended and necessary on the restaurant’s busiest days, especially for dinner during the high season (December-March).

The restaurant gets its name from the ancient native ancestor of corn, teocintle. Corn has been one of, if not the single most, important source of food and nutrition in Mexico for thousands of years. All corn varieties in the world today are derived from ancient maiz found in Mesoamerica.

Last updated December 20, 2019

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Constitución #52

Ajijic

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Photos of Teocintle Maiz

Outside Teocintle Maiz at Constitución #52 in Ajijic, Mexico.

Outside Teocintle Maiz at Constitución #52 in Ajijic, Mexico.

Inside Teocintle Maiz.

Inside Teocintle Maiz.

Owners Ricardo Robledo Ramos and Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor.

Owners Ricardo Robledo Ramos and Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor.

Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor worked at La Nueva Posada and Alex's Pasta Bar before starting Teocintle in 2017.

Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor worked at La Nueva Posada and Alex's Pasta Bar before starting Teocintle in 2017.

Sopa azteca (Aztec soup) is a common soup that has a tomato base, fried tortilla strips and other garnishes.

Sopa azteca (Aztec soup) is a common soup that has a tomato base, fried tortilla strips and other garnishes.

Sopa azteca.

Sopa azteca.

Making a margarita.

Making a margarita.

A margarita.

A margarita.

Chef Gloria slices avocados.

Chef Gloria slices avocados.

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Reservations are recommended, especially for dinner.

Reservations are recommended, especially for dinner.

Stuffed chicken breast with vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Stuffed chicken breast with vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Arrachera (marinated skirt steak) with avocado and rice.

Arrachera (marinated skirt steak) with avocado and rice.

Adding garnishes to a bowl of soup.

Adding garnishes to a bowl of soup.

A barrel of guava agua fresca.

A barrel of guava agua fresca.

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Cooks prep the night's ingredients.

Cooks prep the night's ingredients.

Arrachera (marinated skirt steak) with a baked potato, guacamole and a slice of corn.

Arrachera (marinated skirt steak) with a baked potato, guacamole and a slice of corn.

Inside Teocintle Maiz.

Inside Teocintle Maiz.

A salad.

A salad.

Guacamole with panela cheese.

Guacamole with panela cheese.

Gloria prepares a plate of arrachera.

Gloria prepares a plate of arrachera.

Chamorro (marinated pork shank) with avocado and a slice of corn.

Chamorro (marinated pork shank) with avocado and a slice of corn.

Coconut-breaded shrimp with mashed potatoes and butter.

Coconut-breaded shrimp with mashed potatoes and butter.

Red wine sangría.

Red wine sangría.

Inside Teocintle Maiz in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Inside Teocintle Maiz in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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