To celebrate the holiday season, Chef Ivan Calderon has created a new menu focusing on chile rellenos at Taco Rosa and a series of hands-on tamale cooking classes in November. Chef Calderon’s new lineup of chile rellenos are punctuated with the flavors of fall including persimmon, pomegranate, and cactus pear.

Calderon’s dishes pay respect to the Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish cuisines and cooking methods that shaped the fundamentals of Mexican cuisine. Calderon plays up time-honored dishes and authentic ingredients with a flare of his own innovation. Other seasonal additions to the menu include a hyper-local Black Sheep Farms Salad and Pumpkin Flan.

Chef Calderon’s new lineup of celebratory chile rellenos include:

Chile Nogada Rosa - roasted poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef, sugar apple, persimmons, raisins, plantain, olives, tomatoes and onion, topped with cactus pear sauce and pomegranate arils

Chile Relleno Tacos - chilaca peppers stuffed with panela cheese, dressed with calabacitas in two spinach-poblano tortillas

Chile Relleno Pie - roasted poblano pepper stuffed with baked chicken in a creamy wine reduction with sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and cactus, wrapped and baked in puff pastry, served on a bed of tomatillo-spinach sauce

Chile Relleno Casero - roasted poblano pepper filled with Oaxaca and pepper jack cheeses fried in our casera batter topped with tomato caldillo sauce, served with a sweet corn tamalito with papaya butter sauce
During the month of November, Chef Calderon will also host a series of hands-on tamale cooking demos. The interactive cooking classes will allow guests to make their own tamales with GMO-free corn masa produced from Calderon’s newest restaurant Taco Mesa Tortilleria Orgánica & Café. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails during the demonstration and each will leave with a dozen hand-made tamales. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (949) 720-0980.

Priced at $50, the tamale cooking classes will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, November 18 - Taco Rosa Irvine | 1pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, November 19 - Taco Rosa Newport Beach | 4pm - 6:30pm
Monday, November 20 - Taco Mesa Tortilleria Orgánica & Café | 3pm - 5:30pm

Taco Rosa has locations in Newport Beach (2632 San Miguel Dr.) and Irvine (13792 Jamboree Rd.). For more information please visit

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