Perfect Octopus Tacos

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya shares their recipe for authentic tacos de pulpo




Humberto May Tamay


About this Recipe

From the Grand Velas Riviera Maya

At our Yucatecan restaurant, Chaka, octopus tacos are served “Ajillo” style with nopales (cactus) and crispy potato on Guajillo-flavored tortillas.

If you can’t make it to Mexico’s foodie resort on the Riviera Maya, try the recipe below for authentic tacos made with traditional corn tortillas you can find at any grocery store.

Octopus Tacos


  • 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

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

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Guajillo chilies*, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • corn tortillas

*If you can’t find Guajillo chiles, you can substitute Ancho peppers or Pasilla peppers.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

Top tortilla with octopus mixture and enjoy!

Chaká Restaurant, Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Touting the reputation as the “foodie resort’ of the Caribbean coast, Grand Velas Riviera Maya features eight varied restaurants, including Chaká and Cocina de Autor, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to hold the AAA Five Diamond Award, all included in the nightly rate.

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