About Gonzalo Guzmán | Stacy Adimando

Gonzalo Guzmán was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and came to the United States as a young child. He began working at Kokkari restaurant in San Francisco as a dishwasher, but was soon promoted and went on to work his way up through the ranks at Boulevard, Chez Nous, and Nopa. In 2009, he partnered with Laurence and Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak to open Nopalito on Broderick Street. Guzmán is now the chef of both the original Nopalito as well as a second location on Ninth Avenue, just outside Golden Gate Park. @nopalitosf

Stacy Adimando is a food and travel journalist, and the test kitchen director at Saveur magazine. Her work has been published by NPR, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Forbes, and many more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. @stacy_adimando

Sweet potato tamales nestled in a pot with a towel covering them.

Sweet Potato Tamales

Slightly sweet from a corn masa filling, Nopalito’s tamales are a can’t-say-no recipe. And that mole sauce? You’re gonna want to slather it on everything. #tamales

Two enchiladas de mole poblano on a white plate, topped with thinly sliced white onion.

Enchiladas de Mole Poblano

This Mexican classic boasts a depth of flavor that’s second to none. We can completely understand why it’s reserved for special occasions.