Welcome to El Molcajete
Mexican Restaurante and Bar

The Mexican term for "MORTAR AND PESTLE"- Molcajete being the mortar, tejolote the pestle. The black, rough texture of both pieces is a result of the fact that they're made of basalt (volcanic rock). They are used in the traditional manner for grinding spices and herbs and other mixtures.

"The word Molcajete (mortar) derives from Nahualt, the language of the Aztecs: "molli" (seasoning or sauce) and "caxitl" (bowl). The word tejolote (pestle) also derives from Nahualt: "tetl" (stone) and "xolotl" (doll).”

Foods traditionally prepared in the Molcajete include salsa and mole's (mohl-LAY), as well as guacamole. It is also used for grinding chilies, garlic or other herbs and spices for food preparation.

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