El Naranjo, Austin’s celebrated authentic Mexican restaurant helmed by 2022 James Beard Award-winning Chef Iliana de la Vega and her partner Ernesto Torrealba, announces the October special seasonal additions to their menu. This month’s additions highlight flavors celebrated during Dia de los Muertos.

As the cool embrace of autumn starts to settle in, El Naranjo welcomes the arrival of October with a menu that pays homage to Mexican traditions and the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Celebrating the flavors of the season, the restaurant’s October specials blend rich, savory ingredients with a touch of spice, creating a culinary experience that resonates with the warmth and vibrancy of this cherished holiday.

Chef de la Vega shares, “This time of year is a time to honor our ancestors through food. This October, our specials at El Naranjo are infused with the spirit of this tradition, celebrating life and the culinary customs that connect us to our loved ones, past, and present.” Image

October Specials

Drink of the Month

La Calaca 

Black pepper infused Tequila with cointreau, honey ginger, and lime juice

Appetizer of the Month


Corn masa turnovers filled with halibut picadillo with tomato, onion, garlic, olives, capers and almonds (served with crema mexicana flavored with El Naranjo’s Salsa Macha).

Main Course of the Month

Pozole Rojo de Cerdo

Pork, cacahuazintle corn (hominy) chile guajillo broth garnished with cabbage, radish, dried oregano, lime wedges and tostadas with spicy chile de arbol salsa served on the side

Dessert of the Month

Pastel de chocolate con helado de nuez

Flourless Chocolate cake served with homemade Pecan ice cream

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