Chicatana ants are an important ingredient in the millenary gastronomy of the Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas regions, they are used as a main ingredient in sauces, cooked in a skillet and consumed as a snack or mixed with salts and spices to accompany Mezcal. The local indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, have been collecting and consuming these insects since pre-Hispanic times, nowadays they are considered a delicacy item since their price is relatively high, they are hard to catch, aggressive and found only once a year, but these insects are also nutritious, very tasty and a great source of sustainable protein.
Chicatana ants are definitely something different to try and an opportunity to bring traditional Mexican elements to the table.
These Chicatanas were purchased from my friend Amado in Oaxaca who has a company that sources local and native chiles, herbs, and insects from farmers and family run farms the mountains of Oaxaca.
Limited supply available!
- Ingredients: Tomatoes, Chile del monte, chicatanas, garlic, lime, salt
- 4 oz.
- Handmade in small batches.
- Refrigerate after opening. Consume within 2-3 weeks of opening.
- Ships anywhere in the US