What Are Molcajetes?

“Molcajete” is the Spanish word for mortar and pestle. The name itself comes from the Aztec words meaning “seasoning” and “bowl.” However, traditional molcajetes are slightly different than your average mortar and pestle. These tools are made out of volcanic rock. Their hard, rough surface makes blending and mixing easier and also ensures you get the strongest flavors out of spices.

This ancient cooking tool gives our dishes their best flavor by making them the traditional way. A molcajete can still be found in many Mexican households. It has been used to cook recipes passed down through the generations. Many people believe that salsa, guacamole, and other traditional Mexican foods taste better when prepared using this tool.

Our Molcajete Menu

We make some of our most popular and most delicious dishes with molcajetes. Although these tools have been used to create some of the most traditional recipes, we always add our own twist to make our Mexican food unique.  

At Guads, we make our salsa tableside. You get to choose which ingredients you want and the level of heat you prefer. You also get the experience of watching your Salsera prepare salsa right in front of you using a molcajete.

 In addition to our salsa, we have four different menu options classified as molcajetes. We serve all of these dishes piled high with delicious Mexican food. All of our options come with green peppers, onions, and mushrooms and are served with a side of rice and beans along with your choice of corn or flour tortillas.

Our molcajete options: 

Molcajete Camarones

Camarones, the Spanish word for shrimp, are a staple on any mariscos menu. We have many different Mexican seafood options, including our Molcajete Camarones. This dish comes with a full half-pound of shrimp simmered in our delicious tomato sauce.

Molcajete Mariscos

If you are craving a larger variety of seafood ingredients, this dish is sure to satisfy. It features grilled scallops, shrimp, and fish. All of these are combined in our tomato and cheese sauce with bell peppers and onions. We also add some freshly squeezed lemon to intensify the flavor. This option brings all the tastes of the ocean to Tucson.

Grilled Chicken or Steak

If you prefer a more traditional option, we offer a bowl of sliced grilled steak or chicken marinated in our mild chili sauce with tomatoes and cheese. The flavors of these meats pair with the grilled vegetables to create an unforgettable combination. As always, we use only the freshest ingredients for this dish.

Molcajete Ultimo

Our Molcajete Ultimo is the perfect mix of all the flavors of land and sea. It features piping hot shrimp, grilled chicken, and steak slices mixed with peppers and onions and topped with our delicious tomato and cheese sauce. This is the perfect menu item for when you simply can’t choose between all of our delicious offerings.

Try Our Delicious Molcajetes

Guadalajara’s Grill & Tequila Bar is your best choice for authentic Mexican food as well as new, innovative dishes. We have something to fit every craving.

Visit either of our Tucson Mexican restaurants to experience our flavorful molcajetes for yourself.  

Most Popular Mariscos Dishes

Mariscos (the Spanish word for seafood/shellfish) is a classic type of Mexican food. Even in Tucson, you can experience the delicious flavors of the sea at Guadalajara’s Grill & Tequila Bar. We offer a wide selection of Mexican seafood to satisfy your cravings. Our dishes range from authentic to innovative, so you are sure to find something you love on our menu.

Here are some of the most popular types of mariscos dishes: 


While the word mariscos includes shellfish and other seafood, it usually does not encompass fish. However, fish remains a prominent feature in Mexican cuisine and Guads offers a variety of fish dishes on our mariscos menu. Our Tilapia with Poblano Sauce, for example, includes a fresh cut of tilapia served with a creamy sauce with the flavors of poblano chilies. We also offer a traditional Ceviche Blanco which includes shrimp and fish marinated in lime and served over a tostada with tomato, onion, cucumber, and cilantro.

Fish tacos are another staple for Mexican restaurants. If you are craving seafood, you should try our Baja Fish or Shrimp Tacos. Choose between pan-fried fish or shrimp. These tacos come loaded with lettuce, grilled corn, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and a hint of lemon juice.


Lobsters are common in the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Northern Mexico. Mariscos made with lobster is savory and decadent. At Guads, we offer a wide selection of dishes that feature lobster. Some of these make lobster the star, whereas others use it to highlight our other fresh ingredients.

One of our most unique offerings is our Lobster Enchiladas. These enchiladas include moist and delicious lobster pan-fried with chopped onion and garlic and are topped with our Diabla Blanca chipotle cream sauce. We also recommend our Lobster-Stuffed Salmon which allows you to enjoy both our signature salmon filet and our lobster. We top this dish with a cheesy queso sauce.


No mariscos menu would be complete without shrimp. This seafood is incredibly versatile and can be included in many different types of dishes. One of the most classic is our Camarones Panzon. This appetizer includes 6 juicy jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and served with a chipotle cream dipping sauce.

You can also make shrimp the main feature of your entree. We offer a classic Arroz con Camarones which has sautéed shrimp over delicious Spanish rice with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, and tortillas. A more adventurous option is our Fiesta Camarones! which is a plate of large shrimp sautéed with chorizo, diced onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and Anaheim chilies. We top this with a creamy and rich sauce and serve it over thinly sliced corn tortillas.

Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant


This represents only a small portion of our selection of fresh and delicious Mexican seafood. If you can’t decide, you can even order our Plato Capitan and get a little bit of everything: salmon, scallops, and shrimp. We also offer delicious meals beyond mariscos and have something to fit every craving.

Visit us today at our Broadway or Kolb location and experience our mariscos menu for yourself.