Top 11 Most Popular Foods in California

PUBLISHED ON February 2020 06:45:40 PM Read TIME: 8 minutes


When someone thinks of California cuisine, what comes to mind? Fresh avocados? Oranges? Fresh seafood? Fish tacos and beachy flavors? Everyone might be surprised at which of their favorite foods originated in California, the Golden State. California is home to a wealth of culinary traditions, thanks to the Golden State’s sunny climate, diverse population, ocean access, agricultural prowess and also the influence of South American culture.

Here are the 11 popular foods in California you can try and relish for your whole life.

11. Tacos de Adobada

Tacos de Adobada

Carne Adobada is chile-braised pork and it’s a specialty in New Mexican cuisine and usually served as a main entrée similar to a stew. Adobada means “marinated” in Spanish, which is cooking things in an adobo sauce—a sauce made with vinegar, flavored with spices and chilies. Carne Adobada calls for a variety of chiles such as pasilla, ancho, and guajillo. These chilies share an equivalent earthiness and sweetness, but they are not as spicy. In Mexico and in the united states, Carne adobada is a very common filling for tacos.

10. Cioppino


Cioppino is a rustic Italian-American fish stew and it is very much related to various regional fish stews and soups. Cioppino is a stew made with fish originated from Italian immigrant fishermen in, California. Cioppino is an Italian-American dish and it is very much related to various regional fish stews and soups.

Cioppino is generally made from a combination of Mussels, Dungeness, shrimp, scallops, clams, squid and fish, all sourced from salt-water ocean, in this case, the Pacific.

The dish can be served with French bread or toasted bread. The bread acts similar to pasta and is dipped into the stew...

A must-try food if you are a seafood lover and in the San Francisco Bay area...

9. Shrimp Tostadas

Shrimp Tostadas

Shrimp Tostadas are an easy, healthy and light dish packed with spicy shrimp, corn, avocado, black beans, and veggies for a perfect California Mexican meal. This is a great treat for Mexican food lovers.

Shrimp tostadas can be made with any toppings and as creative as they one can. A Good Tostadas can include refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, hummus, bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, salsa, and cheese. The shrimp can be cooked by skillet, grilled or broiled.

Shrimp Tostadas are extremely delicious and refreshing and it’s a very good meal choice In Central and South America, tostadas are generally prepared with ground beef, black beans, parsley, and curtido.

8. Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

Californians are always very much proud of their avocados. Avocado toast is a type of open sandwich or toast made with mashed avocado and pepper, salt, and citrus juice on toast. The other additional ingredients that enhance the flavor are feta, dukkah, tomato, olive oil, hummus, red pepper flakes, and many other toppings.

Aside from the abundant guacamole throughout the state, avocado shows its presence everywhere from burgers to ice cream, but one of the most common ways to enjoy avocados is mashed high on top of toast. There are many ways to modify avocado toast topped with radishes, caviar, feta but keeping it simple can be just as delicious...

Avocado Toast is full of healthy, unsaturated fats, stuffed with a whole lot of fiber, and it’s easy to make breakfast or snack.

7. Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky road ice cream is typically chocolate-flavored ice cream, with a combination of chocolate, nuts, and whole or diced marshmallows. Rocky Road ice cream was one of the first ice cream flavors to be offered other than the three traditional flavors- vanilla, butterscotch, and strawberry.  After the ice cream gained popularity in the California region, the flavor spread to other ice cream shops and dairies around the nation.

There are quite a few variations of Rocky Road ice cream. Quite a few recipes will use marshmallow swirls or a variety of nuts like peanuts or pecans in place of almonds, but traditional fans tend to favor the classic marshmallow pieces and almonds.

6. Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread is a unique bread because of its sourer taste, chewy texture, crisp, and a strong flavor. The bread usually doesn’t require any commercial yeast to rise. All it requires a sourdough starter, water and live fermented culture of flour. 

The sourdough tradition was carried into California and the western coastal regions during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.

Sourdough bread is a healthier bread compared to regular bread in many ways. A loaf is rich in protein, fiber, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, and zinc. A lot of sourdough bread eaters feel that it is easy to digest and the glucose level in the blood never spike.

5. Ramen Burrito

Ramen Burrito

Burrito is a pride of Mexican cuisine. Soft tortilla stuffed with ramen noodles, chicken or steak, egg, spring onions, corn, veggies, and cheese. The Ramen Burrito is referred to as a burrito based only on its shape, not its ingredients stuffed inside that. Ramen burrito is a quick and easily made snack. Also, it involves no cooking.

The traditional burrito has a good portion of rice in it and rice been replaced with ramen noodles. The addition of noodles makes the burrito unique and gives a different taste to it. The Burrito can be accompanied by barbeque sauce and English cucumber that makes the dish more delicious and healthy. The noodles are cooked in lovely garlic-infused pork and broth sounding cilantro for delicious and aroma.

4. Sushirrito


Japanese flavor meets the Mexican flavor through a dish and that is called Sushi Burrito. A sushi burrito is exactly the same as the name suggests like delicious sushi ingredients, including fish varieties like ahi tuna, smoked salmon, brown rice, pickled ginger, wasabi, avocado, and veggies - carrots and kimchi, wrapped up nice and neat into the burrito-shaped roll. The sushi burrito is a healthy and delicious meal.

The sushi burrito is extremely popular these days and available at all types of fast food joints, casual restaurants, and food courts that serve hungry lunchtime crowds and eaters looking to grab a fairly healthy meal that is quick as well as filling.

3. Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada fries

Carne asada fries are a Southern California classic found on the menus of restaurants primarily in the San Diego and surrounding region, where it is originated. Carne asada fries served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium and its quite popular among the fans. In the year 2015, fast-food chain Del Taco began to sell the Carne Asada fries.

The dish typically consists of carne asada, guacamole, french fries, sour cream, and shredded cheese and piled high with tender juicy marinated steak, salsa, avocado crema, and other delicious Mexican toppings. A Caution for weight watchers!!! This food is very high in calories and a meal plate may have 2000 calories...

If you are a Mexican food lover,carne asada fries are the best appetizer and game-day food in the globe. Also, it's an addictive meal too!!!

2. Fish Tacos

Fish tacos

Fish tacos are a delicious dish from Baja Peninsula, is a great family meal and it can be made in quick time...This Crispy Baked Fish Tacos recipe is made with the grilled or baked fish, cabbage, lettuce, cilantro, chipotle crema, sour cream or citrus/mayonnaise sauce and whatever other favorite toppings you love most. These ingredients are placed in small hand-size corn or wheat tortilla.

Fish tacos are naturally less spicy for everyone at the table to enjoy, but we can make it more spicy for those who like extra hot.

Fish Tacos are popular in California, Colorado, and Washington areas and especially in California, you can see a lot of street vendors serving the delicious fish tacos...

1. Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Burrito

California Burritos are perhaps the best burritos in the world.  They are stuffed with avocado crema, spicy pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, rich sour cream, thinly sliced and tender marinated carne asada and the very popular Mexican french fries!!!

Skirt steak is usually filled with carne asada burrito. Generally, people will use either a cheaper cut like flank steak or tri-tip or little expensive cut like top sirloin or even more expensive cuts they can wish.

Carne asada burritos are the best burritos as far as the San Diego people are concerned and these burritos have a special place in San Diego culture for many decades.

Carne Asada Burritos make a seriously satisfying meal and are a hearty and delicious way to feed a hungry group of eaters!!!


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