The Perfect Octopus Taco in 3 Easy Steps

Celebrate National Taco Day this year with a twist on traditional tacos from Chaka restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya. At the Yucatecan restaurant, which serves a menu inspired by the region’s traditional cuisine, Octopus (pulpo) tacos are served “Ajillo” style with nopales (cactus) and crispy potato on Guajillo-flavored tortillas.

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 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 cups onion, sliced
  • 4.5 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup leeks, chopped
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Guajillo chilies, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • corn tortillas


  1. 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 into bite-sized pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Top tortilla with octopus mixture and Enjoy!

* Fresh octopus is preferred however canned octopus can be used if fresh is not available.


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