If you don't know what capirotada is, let me enlighten you. It's basically a bread pudding. It's toasted bolillo bread, a syrup that's made of piloncillo, which is brown sugar cane! It's got cinnamon, vanilla and topped with peanuts, pecans, raisins, shredded coconut, sprinkles and some shredded cheese. It's all baked together making your house smell like the inside of the Pillsbury Doughboy's armpit or, alternatively, it smells like a panaderia gone wild.

It's also extremely sweet! Granted, I'm not a sweets person. Seriously, if you don't get diabetes after eating this bread pudding, you lived to die another day. My mom, of course, made some for today's Lent dinner.

Joanna Barba
Joanna Barba

It looks very appetizing, I know. Apparently, my mom makes a great capirotada because every year for Lent, she gets requests from friends and family to make them some. My grandpa absolutely loves it- he's 89 years old and diabetic so he probably shouldn't be eating it, but who am I to say no to my grandpa? This year, my mom even made some for some of my co-workers.

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Me, myself, I am not a fan of it. Yet, every year I think to myself: "maybe I'll like it this year". But, for the most part, I don't usually eat it. However, because I know it's a cherished dish among many people in the borderland, we took to our social media to ask our listeners: What are the best places to get capirotada in El Paso?


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For the most part, the comments were divided among people who love, and people who hate. For those who actually gave us an answer- here's where you told us to get the best capirotada in town:

  • Chelsea Café
  • Good Luck Café
  • The Lunch Box
  • Zeke's
  • Papa's Fruit Store

So, while I may not like it, I know many of you do. Check out these places throughout the Lent season to enjoy some capirotada!



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