Celebrate National Taco Day With An Octopus Taco Recipe

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Celebrate National Taco Day (October 4)  with a twist on traditional tacos from Chaka restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

These octopus tacos are served “ajillo” (garlic butter) style with nopales (cactus) and crispy potato on guajillo-flavored tortillas (guajillos are mild to hot chiles which are widely used in Mexican cooking).

If you can’t make it to Riviera Maya for Taco Day, try the recipe below for an easy make at home version on traditional corn tortillas found at every grocery store.


1 lb octopus, fresh or canned

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1 cup carrots, chopped

1.5 cups onion, sliced

1 cup celery, chopped

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4.5 T  garlic, chopped

½ cup leeks, chopped

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1 cup butter

1 T vegetable oil

1 cup guajillo chiless, deseeded & sliced

1 cup lime juice

salt and black pepper to taste

corn tortillas



  • 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 in bite sized pieces.
  • 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.
  • Top tortilla with octopus mixture and Enjoy!
  • Fresh octopus is preferred however canned octopus can be used if fresh is not available.


For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, visit their website or call 1-888-407-4869.


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