In honor of Mexican Independence Day, star chef Hugo Ortega is bringing Chiles en Nogada back to the menu at his eponymous Houston restaurant. The patriotic dish is a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with a spiced picadillo (meat and fruit filling), then topped with a creamy walnut sauce and a flourish of bright red pomegranate seeds.
It’s believed that back in 1821 the nuns of Puebla, Ortega’s home town, created this dish for Mexican Army General Agustin de Iturbide in honor of the Treaty of Cordoba. This political agreement gave Mexico its independence.
Now you can try Ortega’s take on this iconic dish with a pork, brisket or vegetarian filling. Don’t delay – this is only on the menu at Hugo’s through the end of December.
Chef Hugo Ortega
Hugo’s; 1600 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006
Chiles en Nogada
Pork $28; Brisket $28; Vegetarian $23