El Fogón de Jovel was born 30 years ago in the heart of San Cristóbal de las Casas with the aim of showing the true gastronomy of the region to as many people as possible. 

El Fogón de Jovel: Restaurant Guide to San Cristobal de Las Casas

Restaurant El Fogon de Jovel à San Cristobal de las Casas

It is one of the most typical restaurants in Chiapas and the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

The restaurant El Fogón de Jovel can accommodate up to 150 people, in the pleasant atmosphere of a large colonial house dating from the early 20th century, located in the heart of the historic center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, with three rooms decorated and furnished : 

⇒ A collection of indigenous costumes from Chiapas.

⇒ From a historical perspective of Zapatismo in Chiapas and Chiapas orchids and hummingbirds.

⇒ From a patio decorated with many plants, in which orchids and bromeliads stand out.

⇒ Walls decorated with paintings and embroidery made by local artists and artisans.

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Services of the restaurant El Fogón de Jovel

The cooks and waiters at El Fogón de Jovel are local children and speak Tzotsil, the ancestral language of the Chiapas mountains. 

They have brought to the dishes at El Fogón de Jovel restaurant the simple and healthy flavor of natural products common in Chiapas cuisine. 

They come from different towns in these mountains – Chamula, Zinacantan, Larrainzar, Tenejapa, Huistan, Chenalho, Oxchuc and Yajalon – and proudly wear their ancestral traditional costume.

  • Service 
  • Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel free of charge.
  • Regional music
  • Ventilator
  • Terrace
  • Marimba Music
  • Handmade Tortilla
  • Local drink
  • Private Lounge
  • Solarium

The little extra… 

Chiapas, this territory of steep mountains in southeastern Mexico, is the ancestral homeland of corn and cocoa. 

In addition to these sacred foods, there are other products of the earth such as tomatoes, chayotes, pumpkin, beans, potatoes, yucca, chipiline and deer meat, pheasants, fish and turtles. 

With the Hispanic conquest 500 years ago came wheat, cattle and chickens. 

During the colonial era, the isolation and remoteness of the cities of New Spain and the General Capitol of Central America made the combination of these foods a tasty but different cuisine.

This philosophy is reflected in the food of El Fogón de Jovel, which offers the traditional taste of Chiapas in its dishes.

This involves saving traditional recipes, getting to know the true cuisine of the region, as well as showcasing indigenous cuisine in a propitious, elegant and folkloric atmosphere, in a totally immersive environment where the mysticism of the stove transports us to a place where the magic of transforming the fruits of Mother Earth into delicious dishes is served with all the love, taste, history, traditions and secrets of the Mayan ancestors.

Menu of El Fogón de Jovel

Starter of El Fogón de Jovel

Fresh corn tortillas; spicy Mexican salsas, fried beans, Chiapanèque cheese and guacamole from the best avocados in Mexico. 

Homemade ham

Thin slices of locally produced Serrano ham, accompanied by slices of onion and tomato sprinkled with lemon juice.

Chorizo or longaniza sausages

Traditional pork-based sausages.

Alabanux Tzotzil

Pork chicharrón combined with radishes, onions, tomato slices for snacking in the best style of the Chiapas Indians. 

Salads from El Fogón de Jovel

Homemade Salad

Salad of lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion, sprinkled with grated cheese, accompanied if desired with vinegar and olive oil.

Garden Vegetable Salad

Perfect combination of well-cooked vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, beets, potatoes, chayotes and beans.

Green salad

Delicious variety of green leaves and legumes such as spinach, broccoli, combined with tasty mushrooms and others.

Creams and soups from El Fogón de Jovel

Bread soup

The traditional soup of San Cristobal. With vegetables, cooked eggs, banana slices and coleto bread, in chicken broth.

Cream of onion soup

Delicious cream made from corn kernels and natural milk.

Cream of bean soup

Tasty cream made from black beans, topped with fried tortillas, cheese and cream.

Cream of Vegetable Cream 

Made with vegetables, cut this morning by indigenous hands in the Altiplano of Chiapas.

Beef or chicken consommé

Nutritious soups rich in vitamins and 100% natural protein. They are accompanied by rice.

Vegetarian dishes from El Fogón de Jovel

Chopped vegetables

Beans, Chayotes and/or Cauliflower wrapped in egg, served with a cream sauce and rice. A very good dish suitable for vegetarians.

Garlic Mushroom

Another delicious option for non-carnivores: mushrooms delicately prepared with spices, is accompanied by with rice.

Enchiladas with cheese

Delicious cheese cubes with golden onions, sprinkled with cocoa paste, topped with lettuce strips.

Grilled or plancha dishes from El Fogón de Jovel

A selection of tasty locally produced meats, accompanied by a house salad served on a charcoal grill.

Grilled Ham

Delicious slices of smoked pork ham with sugar spray, accompanied by pineapple pieces.

Bubul’s BBQ

Fine roast beef tenderloin fillets with onion, melted cheese, lettuce leaves and tomato slices.

Cecina Chiapaneca

Beef marinated in sour orange juice and dried slowly in the sun. Served with beans from the pot to combine your special taste.

Roasted Torito

Small pieces of juicy beef, previously cooked and then seasoned a la plancha. It is accompanied by a piece of corn cooked with natural butter and grated cheese.

Ch’ilvil Chig (Asado de los altos)

Lamb meat lightly boiled, then roasted a la plancha

Beef or chicken fajitas

Slices of beef or chicken breast, grilled and seasoned with onion and chilli pepper strips

Stews from El Fogón de Jovel

Exquisite chicken soup cooked with carrot, chayote, potato, pumpkin and corn, seasoned with aromatic herbs. The chicken is passed over the embers and served with rice, avocado and onion jalapeño sauce.

Mole of Chiapas

Chicken meat in a chocolate stew, guajilloet “ancho” peppers, other spices and condiments. Decorated with feathers of cocoa and sesame.


Chicken stew made with red and green tomatoes, banana peels, pumpkin seeds, roasted and ground, coriander and other regional seasonings.

Peanut Chicken

Chicken meat in an exquisite peanut sauce


Pork meat seasoned with spices, cooked in a marinade and then baked in the oven, served in the traditional style.

Stuffed chilli pepper 

A speciality of ground beef, vegetables and chopped condiments, wrapped in a poblano pepper skin. It is served with rice and a tomato cream sauce with a touch of achiote and thyme.

Dessert from El Fogón de Jovel


A special delicacy, made with Chayote pulp, served in the thorny skin of this typical Mexican fruit.

Stuffed Banana

A banana paste-based delicacy, topped with sweet bean jam, topped with cream.


A classic homemade dessert.


You can enjoy a good meal from $240 pesos per person. 

Address of El Fogón de Jovel

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