Huarache (sometimes spelled guarache) wa'ɾatʃe (help·info) is a popular Mexican dish consisting of an oblong, fried masa base, with a variety of toppings including green or red salsa, onions, potato, cilantro and any manner of protein such as ground beef or tongue, and then finished with queso fresco cheese. This dish is most popular in its hometown, Mexico City. The dish is also sold in cities with Mexican-American populations such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, or Houston, but have yet to become widely available across the entire United States.
The name "Huarache" is derived from the shape of the masa, similar to the popular sandals of the same name. The word Huarache is originally from Purepecha (Tarascan) and the Nahuatl word for huarache is kwarachi. Huaraches are similar to sopes but differ in shape.
Huaraches originated in Mexico City in about the early 1930s. Their origin was related with a stall at the shore of the La Viga navigation channel, where Mrs. Carmen Gomez Medina prepared tlacoyos. When the La Viga navigation channel was covered to make the "Calzada de la Viga", Mrs. Gomez moved to another place and after 1957, when the Mercado de Jamaica was founded, she moved there and then to a little place at the Torno street. Because of the shape of the new "invention" of Mrs. Gomez was different of a sope or a tlacoyo, the people started to call it "huarache".
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