Agua Chile

by on 28/04/10 at 1:49 pm

Agua Chile at Titas in Urique.

I was in the little town of Urique again last month and we enjoyed some of this cold shrimp soup there at Titas called “agua chile”. I watched as they prepped it and Tita gave me this recipe:

Put in the metate some black pepper, 1/2 garlic, wild oregano, 3 little chiles, and then what she called “gomilla”.

WHAT IS THIS ??? Well it turns out that gomilla is gathered locally and is the deposit that an insect leaves on the woody stems of certain plants.

It is a crunchypungent spice (especia) and it looks like this-not a great pic but you get the idea.

So you grind this stuff up and add, 1/2 squeezed lime, a squirt of ketchup, some clamado, some chopped tomatos and cukes and onions, some shrimp broth,a pinch of salt and a big ole handful of cooked shrimp. You have a delicious meal in front of you!

Depending on the # of chiles you grind in, Agua Chile can be a bit hot!

So if you can find some gomilla, go for it….and I will take you to Titas when we go to the Sierras on “The Blue Corn Express”!

3 Responses to “Agua Chile”

  1. […] I have blogged before about this incredible dish we often enjoy at the bottom of Copper Canyon at Titas place in the little town of Urique. Usually this place is known for its colorful history. More currently it is famous for being the home of the Copper Canyon ultra- marathon, 54 miles of grueling trail running up and down the walls of Copper- promoted by the eccentric and delightful Caballo Blanco (Micah True).  The description of this event in the best seller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall put it and this little burg on the map- especially to the running world. […]

  2. Derrick

    Mar 10th, 2011

    I lived in Urique for 6 months. Tita and her husband let me live on some land they owned across the river in return for doing some work for them. It was the greatest experience of my life. Every week I would put on my clean close and head into town for Agua Chile and a beer. It was great. When I would go out on overnight hikes in the canyons the first place I would come back to was Tita’s for a home cooked meal. She is wonderful. In Urique if you wanted to impress a potential lady friend everyone there knew to go to Tita’s and order the Aqua Chile. Another thing you need to try there is a local fruit the sweet pitahaya(I think i am spelling this right). Its the fruit of a cactus. I remember them being around during the month of May I think. It was hard work to get them yourself but the locals sometimes sell them in the streets. They are the best fruit I have ever had in my life. May and June are great times to be there. Its hot but if you love fruit there are lots of local things going on there. The guamuchil is another one. Its like a been pod from a tree. You eat the fleshy inside but not the seed. Oddly addictive with a slight sweetness if you let it dry in the sun. Well I rambled on a lot there Sorry….

  3. Copper Canyon Guy

    Mar 30th, 2013

    Yes–she is something. That Agua Chile is the best. I will post a pic of Jose and one of the daughters soon.
    And yes the guamuchil–perfect.

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