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Dogfish Bread – Campeche Recipe, Ingredients and History

23 mayo, 2021

When you hear about the traditional Campeche dogfish bread, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mexican southeast and for obvious reasons, since that is the cradle of this gastronomic delight, specifically in the beautiful State of Campeche. Such is its popularity that for some years this dish has been considered a cultural heritage of humanity.

For this reason, in RecetasGratis we bring you this delicacy so appreciated by traditions, but with a small variation, since spicy is often an inconvenience for children. Thus, to replace the classic habanero peppers, we will use peppers, however, you can use hot peppers without problem. Keep reading and discover with us how to make dogfish bread.

4 diners
1h 30m
Main dish
Low difficulty

Additional characteristics:
Medium Cost, Popular in Spring-Summer, Slightly Spicy, Fried, Mexican Recipes

Ingredients to make dogfish bread:

How to make dogfish bread:


Cook the dogfish in boiling water over low heat and with a pinch of salt. The dogfish cooks very quickly, so you should watch it so that it does not overcook.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 1


When it’s cooked, remove from heat to strain and unravel. Reserve it to later fill the tortillas and make the dogfish bread. Although it is traditionally made with this fish, if you cannot get it at this time you can use another type of white fish.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 2


Cut the tomatoes into cubes, chop the onion and garlic finely and chop the peppers into strips. Sauté these ingredients in a frying pan with a little hot oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Trick: Remember that you can make spicy dogfish bread by adding habanero pepper.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 3


When the vegetables are fried, add the fish broth, the tomato puree and the parsley branch and let it come to a boil. When it boils, remove the preparation from the heat and wait for it to cool to blend it. You can make your own homemade fish broth with this other recipe.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 4


While the sauce cools, fry the tortillas, remove the excess oil with absorbent paper and spread refried beans on each of them. Do not miss how to make Mexican tortillas to make the totally homemade dogfish bread recipe.

Trick: The beans can be black or bay and even Mayflower beans, Peruvians have a slightly lighter flavor that would be lost among the other flavors, so they are not highly recommended in this recipe.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 5


Once the mixture of vegetables, broth and tomato puree has cooled, blend to obtain a fine sauce, return it to the pan and wait for it to boil again for a few minutes.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 6


In order to form the dogfish bread, first place a layer of sauce, then the tortilla with the beans, on top, place a little dogfish and finish with another tortilla and a little more sauce. It can also be served with a habanero or yellow pepper, with a sprig of parsley and a slice of avocado.

Trick: If you want, you can add one more layer.

Dogfish Bread Recipe - Step 7

If you liked the recipe for Dogfish bread, we suggest you enter our category of Dogfish Recipes. You can also visit a selection of the best Mexican recipes.

Dogfish bread – History and accompaniments

Although the exact origin of the dogfish bread recipe is unknown, it is known that was born in the state of Campeche, which is why it is also known as Campeche or Campechano dogfish bread. It has always been one of the most popular dishes in this state and throughout the country, which is why it is common to find it in different parts. Despite being called “dogfish bread”, the recipe does not call for bread, but rather tortillas that act as such.

In general, this dish is served only because it is quite consistent, however, it can be accompanied with white rice, an avocado salad or another that we like and is rather light.