Hibiscus Quesadillas from Los Sombreros

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley.

This week: Hibiscus Quesadillas served up by Los Sombreros

¿Como se dice?: Hibiscus flowers are a colorful and floral addition to just about any dish. Mexican food aficionados are well acquainted with jamaica, a hibiscus blossom agua fresca. It's sweet, floral, and tangy, almost like cranberry-citrus sweet tea.

Jamiaca is a great introduction to the power of this ruby red beauty, but hibiscus (or flor de jamaica) is ready for to step up as a leading ingredient. Heck, even Trader Joe's is selling sweetened, dried hibiscus buds for munching. And Los Sombreros is leading the hibiscus trend with several menu items featuring the flower like enchiladas and quesadillas.

(sink your teeth into all the spicy details after the jump)

La Comida: We tried the hibiscus quesadillas from Los Sombreros, which were packed with sautéed flor de jamaica. The quesadillas were more of a mainland Mexican dish than the cheese-packed border fare you're probably familiar with. Two quesadillas arrived flash fried and packed with hibiscus, then topped with salsa verde, cilantro, crema, and queso blanco.

El Sabor: At first glance, these quesadillas looked like any other, but after cutting into them it was clear that this wasn't your run of the mill filling. The hibiscus flowers were a rich, deep reddish-purple and offered a beautiful contrast to the bright and tangy salsa verde. The flavor also contrasted well, the hibiscus offering a slightly sweet and floral. The salsa offered a tangy flavor and the cheese added the perfect amount of salt to the dish.

Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: Hibiscus flowers can be picked up at many Mexican grocers, and as we mentioned before, lightly sweetened hibiscus flowers are starting to hit the shelves at Trader Joe's. Look for flor de jamaica, roselle, or hibiscus flowers when you're shopping and whip up a batch of hibiscus quesadillas at home.

Know of any Mexican gems in the Valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.