Celebrate National Taco Day (October 4th) with Authentic Octopus Tacos From Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya, Mexico (September 19, 2016)
Celebrate National Taco Day this year (October 4) with a twist on traditional tacos from Chaka restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Octopus tacos are served "Ajillo" style with nopales (cactus) and crispy potato on Guajillo-flavored tortillas at the Yucatecan restaurant, which serves a menu inspired by the region's traditional cuisine. If you can't make it to Riviera Maya to Mexico's Foodie Resort for Taco Day, try the recipe below for an easier make at home version on traditional corn tortillas found at every grocery store.
1 lb Octopus*
1 C Carrots, chopped
1.5 C Onion, sliced
1 C Celery, chopped
4.5 T Garlic, chopped
½ C Leeks, chopped
1 C Butter
1 T Vegetable oil
1 C Guajillo Chilies, deseeded & sliced
1 C Lime Juice
Place octopus*, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, leeks, salt, and black pepper in a pot and cover with water
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool, drain and cut in bite sized pieces.
In a medium pan, sauté the remaining garlic, remaining onion and guajillo chili in the butter and vegetable oil until fragrant. Add the octopus, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Top tortilla with octopus mixture and Enjoy!
* Fresh octopus is preferred however canned octopus can be used if fresh is not available.
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen's Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded "Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas" at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.