Molcajete de Piedra Volcanica / Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete - 7/8" D x 4/6" H Approx

Molcajete de Piedra Volcanica / Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
Price 60.95
Need wholesale pricing?
Product Features
  • 100% Pure lava rock
  • Artisan quality authentic
  • Made in Mexico


Molcajete de Piedra Volcanica / Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete 7/8" diameter x 4/6" high Aprox.

Molcajete's size may vary because of the stone and they are handmade.

Molcajete de Piedra Volcanica, Your molcajete may have minor variations to the one shown on the picture and it can be slightly different on size, color, and porosity of stone each piece is handcrafted by an artisan. M744

The Molcajete is an original, essential, practical kitchen utensil that was first used 3500 years ago during the pre-Hispanic era to make salsas, and very little has changed since then. The Molcajete is a volcanic stone carved mortar in a concave shape, like a bowl with three legs, in which chiles, spices and herbs are grinded to make salsas as well as guacamole. The word Molcajete derives from the Nahuatl Molli (Sauce) and Caxitl ((Cajete) Bowl) and it can be either of porous stone (best) or glazed earthenware. The pear shaped, porous stone that comes with the Molcajete, the pestle that is used to grind the food is called texolotl or Tejolote from the Nahuatl Tetl (Stone) y xocotl (grind or pulverize); also known as temolote o telmalchin.

The Molcajete or mortar is still used in food processing today in the states of central and southern Mexico. Spices can be crushed in molcajete like no other and most of the time molcajetes are used in making a salsa due to the fact that a special texture and flavor are obtained when made in them. Salsas or Guacamole can be served or presented on the table after being elaborated in the same mortar, giving your table a rustic look. Usually recipes are not stewed or cooked in the molcajete, it does stay hot for a long time, so don't be surprised if you find your food bubbling hot a half hour after serving. Molcajetes make excellent decorations in your kitchen giving it an authentic Mexican look and they also make an excellent present for those salsa lovers in your list.

How to cure a Molcajete:

To cure a Molcajete all you need is to do is grind garlic with salt and water until it no longer gives off sand or dirt. Another way to get your molcajete broken in because small grains of stone can be loosed from the surface when first used is to grind rice in the molcajete, a handful at a time. When the crushed rice has no visible black grains of stone in it, the molcajete is ready to use. Don't worry if some rice flour remains ground into the surface of the molcajete, it will cause no problem.

How to cure a Mexican lava stone molcajete by Ancient Cookware (English)

Video Como curar un molcajete, how to season a molcajete por Ricky Receta Facil


Molcajete de Piedra con Tejolote incluido - 20 cm diametro x 15 cm alto

El Molcajete es un utensilio de cocina original, indispensable y muy practico que fue usado por primera vez en la era pre-hispanica hace 3500 anos, para hacer salsas y moler hierbas y especias. El Molcajete de Piedra Negra es un mortero de piedra volcanica con tres patas, tallada en forma de tazon, que sirve para moler chiles, especias y hierbas para hacer salsas y guacamole. La palabra Molcajete viene del Nahuatl Molli (Salsa) y Caxitl (Cajete) y puede ser de piedra porosa (la major) o de barro vidriado. La mano del molcajete, tambien de piedra porosa en forma de pera que acompana al molcajete, se llama tejolote o texolotl del Nahuatl Tetl (piedra) y xocotl (machacar o pulverizar). El Tejolote tambien es conocido como temolote o telmalchin.

El Molcajete or mortero se sigue usando en la elaboracion de alimentos hasta el dia de hoy en los estados del centro y sur de Mexico. Los alimentos se pueden machacar en un molcajete como de ninguna otra manera. Muchas de las veces, el Molcajete es utilizado en la realizacion de una salsa por la textura muy especial y el sabor que estas adquieren al ser elaboradas en un molcajete. Las salsas y guacamole pueden ser servidas en la mesa en el mismo molcajete donde fueron preparados, ya que este le da a la mesa un toque rustico. Aunque la comida no hierve o cocina en un molcajte, cuando este se calienta se mantiene caliente por mucho tiempo, asi que no te sorprendas si encuentras tu comida caliente aun despues de media hora de haberla servido.

Tips para curar el Molcajete

Para curar un molcajete lo unico que necesitas es moler ajo con sal y agua hasta que este deje de desprender tierra o arena. Otra forma de curar su molcajete, ya que pequenos granos de piedra pueden ser liberados de la superficie cuando se utiliza por primera vez, es machacar o moler arroz en el molcajete hasta que el molcajete no desprenda mas color Negro. No se preocupe si queda algo de arroz molido en la superficie del molcajete, no causara problemas.

Video Salsa Mexicana hecha en Molcajete receta de Chef Ana Martorell


75 Reviews
96% (72)
4% (3)
0% (0)
0% (0)
0% (0)
87% Recommend this product (65 of 75 responses)
Zwolle, LA
This is the real deal!!
I am very pleased with my purchase and made guacamole in it after seasoning it by grinding several handfuls of rice in it to smooth it out. It is also a work of hand hewn art and is beautiful on my kitchen counter.
West Virginia
Great Molcajete
Extremely well crafted and heavy/durable. Fast shipping. Very pleased.
Prospect, Ct
Great product
Just like the picture. Great for grinding herbs, avocados, spices. Would definitely by this again
I am in love!
I purchased this after watching friends make fabulous guacamole in their molcajete. I have made guacamole and salsa at least once a week since getting my molcajete. The online video tutorial thoroughly explains how to prepare the molcajete and I have had no problems what-so-ever. I have enjoyed experimenting with a variety grilled/roasted peppers and tomatoes in my guacamole and salsa. The possibilities are simply endless!
santa rosa CA
wow this is it!!!!!
I have finally found an authentic molcajete � thank you mex grocer!!! not a single bit of grit after curing
great size authentic none
Fort Collins, CO
Best Molcajete I've seen for sale
Authentic lava molcajete! I have purchased two of these now... one as a gift, and one for myself. It is a wonderful deep "bowl" with plenty of room for guacamole or salsas.... such a fun and extremely useful addition to my kitchen.
Long Beach, California
Black volcanic rock molcajete
This is a very good quality molcajete in which you can make superb guacamoles and salsas. Mine is about 8 inches across and holds a little over 3 cups. The tejolote is a bit more than 4 1/2 inches long. I have had it for about 3 months now, and use it often. The black stone it is made from has just the right amount of porosity (holes) for effective grinding (I have used some of the smoother ones and they actually take more effort and time to grind the ingredients because there is not enough "tooth" in the surface to do the job). In this one I can make up a good guacamole fast! I seasoned mine by grinding white rice in it until it no longer shed the tiny black particles. it really continues to get better the more you use it. I clean it with hot water and a brush only. I highly recommend this molcajete. Thank you MexGrocer!
Great quality black volcanic rock and craftsmanship. The "bowl" shape is just right especially where it curves upward to meet the lip or rim. The tejolote (pestle) is the perfect shape and size. No dislikes.
Saco, California
Beautiful Molcajete
I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful molcajete from your store. I have cured and seasoned it and thought that you might want to see the finished product (please see attached).
Silver Spring, Md
Good quality
Iím impressed by the molcajete. Plan on making some great salsas with it!
Wish the pestle could be bought separately
Sandbeach, PA
I love my molcajete
The one my family uses in Mexico is almost exactly the same. It makes me happy to have this here in the US.
The surface is great for efficiently mincing and combining ingredients. It is also visually appealing. Well, it IS heavy, but that?s part of its charm.
Dewey, AZ
Wonderful in so many ways
My husband ordered for us and it is perfect! So many great meals will revolve around this.
Westlake, Ohio
Molcajete de Piedra volcanica
Received my order, very pleased, the size was right, workmanship very good, received order very quickly. Will be ordering more from Thank you, my son will love this!!
Nashville Tennessee
Lava Stone Mortar and Pestle. Love It!!!
Excellent addition to my kitchen. Solid and rustic. Couldn't be happier. Thanks! Great product from Mexico!
Chicago, IL
I love my molcajete
I just got done making some habenero salsa in my new molcajete and it is so delicious. I wish it was a bit more bigger so I could make a larger amount. It would be even better if the grinding stone was longer so my fingers wouldnít be in the salsa while grinding. My fingers are burning from the chile lol
I love the rustic and uniqueness of my molcajete. It takes a bit to cure it but so worth it.
No sand in the salsa after curing it. Wish the tejocote was a bit longer so my hands don?t touch the salsa when I?m grinding it away.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Very happy with this purchase, everything I expected.
Authentic none
San Antonio, TX
Authentic city
Fantastic for guacamole and homemade salsa
Easy to clean Makes for a super cool serving container Cool looking Authentic cooking vessel Seasoning takes a while but worth it when it's ready.
Asheville, NC
Authentic and awesome
I got exactly what I wanted. Seasoned it up, and I have been making the best salsas I have ever made. Comfortable to use, and really heirloom quality. If anything happens to my molcajete, I will buy another one from this site. It shipped securely, too and arrived safe and sound. Don't hesitate if you want a quality lava rock molcajete.
Handmade, natural stone, well formed.
Tulsa, ok
Love this Molcajete so much I ordered another one for guacamole!!
It is perfect and exactly what I was looking for!
Its real lava rock. Not 2 are identical and you can see the tool markings from the craftsmanship! None
Athens, GA
Love It
I have been waiting for the right mortar and pestle for years. This one delivers exactly what Iíve been searching for. Itís a heavy base that allows me to extract everything out of the ingredients Iím using for a dish. Highly recommend it!!!!
Miami Florida
Very good molcajete I have already used it several times!
It came in a very well done package and arrived intact
Perfect just like my mother used. My mother has passed what I remember is the sound it makes when she was grinding peper and cumin when I was little back in the 60s
Well made
Plymouth Michigan
Good Molcajete to make Salsas
Itís nice to have a real Molcajete (looks real) but nowadays I dont know. But it looks good and I have made already like 5 salsas and it hasnt shown any defects. Recommended if you want a real Molcajete from Mexico. Viva Mexico!
Love this product
Love this! I wish you made a bigger one!
San Diego
I love my Molcajes! I went directly to the warehouse and got 2!
Mom owns one, itís 50 yrs old. She gave me a small one and love it, but needed a bigger one. I love the Lava Rock material, texture and detail. It is art from my beautiful culture. Every piece is uniquely crafted to its perfection. Donít expect any to look alike. That is the beauty of it. I got one for my Boyfriend in Vegas and one for me just because I fell in love with them. The River Rock is also beautiful but I preferred the Lava Rock. I recommend to anyone! *treatment is easy-google has many ideas* Enjoy shopping! My new shopping website
Perfect size! Legit None
Great quality
Dennison, Ohio
"I did it my way"
I wanted an authentic molcajete so I went to am-a-son not to purchase but to get bits of info from customers etc and such elsewhere. Somehow I ended up online mexgrocer in san diego my hometown too. I learned a lot by then and it's close to the border and made of lava. After watching some utubes online and picking the best methods each of what I thought for curing and seasoning and put each idea together I recommend this: add 1/2 cup of salt and a splash of vinegar to a pot of water and boil the molcajete and for 20 minutes or so. Rinse in running water never use soap for cleaning. Then add water not rice inside the molcajete and begin the process of smoothing out the inside and top edge. Of course this includes the pastel. Smooth all of it except the outside unless you want that. The water will paste eventually but it's still a good lubricant for grinding stone etc. Rinse then add wet rice and grind. Should be smooth after job is done. Season it with jalapenos garlic and...what ever. Let it set put in the oven upside down over a pan 300 degrees for 30's done.
It's mine No complaints
Chicago, Illinois
Product was delivered as promised. I thought it needed to be seasoned, but it was ready to go out of the box.

Love it
I am very happy with my purchase, it arrived very well packed. Sturdy and good quality. I already my first salsa.
Seattle, WA
Highly recommended!!! :D
The best purchase ever!!! Making salsa in my molcajete is simply the best. I love it so much that I even bought one for my dad and my sister
Boise, ID
I bought this as a gift for a friend, she loved her mothers and always said she wanted one just like it, so I purchased this beautiful black lava Molcajete for her. We were both blown away by how beautiful it was, just amazing and just like her mothers. She is so excited to use it!
Very cool
Great piece. I use it every day
Batavia, IL
Love it
It was pretty easy to season. I love it for making gaucamole. Nothing works quite as well. I love the way it looks so much - I leave it out on the table.
Tucson AZ
Black Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle
I love this product. I have cured it, and used it for making guacamole. it was awesome, and perfect size for the company.

I love this, it is exactly what I needed and just like the one that I used in Mexico.
Very heavy and sturdy. Due to the stone, makes grinding harder spices, like whole peppers really easy and quick! Curing it! But I expected to have to do it, I love that I controlled the cure.
Great quality - very nicely made molcajete.
Great quality - nicely made molcajete. I followed the seasoning instructions that were emailed to me (thank you!) and have enjoyed using it. I made salsa verde just today! Also, it is just beautiful in my kitchen.
Perfect!! No sand!!
I love this molcajete! thats what I have been looking for. My husband and I are very pleased with it and my salsa is amazing every time.
Parkesburg, PA
Great, Real Basalt Molcajete at a Good Price
Initially I was searching for a simple mortar and pestle to grind some spices. My search led to a molcajete and I was intrigued. I had seen them used as serving dishes in restaurants but never thought about what they were used for except serving. The more a searched the better information I got. I decided I wanted a real basalt (not composite materials) with a decent size. This one fit all of my requirements and more. The size is great for a good sized serving of salsa verde (about Ĺ quart or so). Itís attractive and can be used as a serving dish. Best of all the price is great!

When you get it, expect to spend some time ďseasoningĒ it. I found lots of help in the internet and the Mexgrocer site has instructions as well. I did a bunch of dry grinding the bowl and lip and pestle (both ends with nothing in it. This doesnít make the bowl smooth but it does break away stone that would loosen with use. Then I took my power sprayer to it for 15 minutes or so. Any loose material in the crevices and texture. I followed this by grinding some rice as recommended just to see if there was any dust in the crushed rice Ė there wasnít. I finished by smashing some salt and garlic in with the rice and worked it in throughout the bowl and let it sit overnight before cleaning it. The bowl was very useable at this point. Probably overkill for seasoning but it was sort of fun.

Using the molcajete is great. I find that I donít have to peel the tomatoes or tomatillos as I would if using a food processor since the skin is ground up completely by the rough texture of the bowl. The same for chiles. Garlic onions become a paste. The molcajete does a far better job of grinding and mixing ingredients than a food processor but it does so at the expense of your muscles! After three batches of salsa in one day I really felt it later that night! I later used the molcajete only as a serving dish for guacamole ( I donít care for pureed avocado so I smashed it with a fork) with the other salsas beside it. All in all, a great product. You will not be disappointed with this one!

By the way...It works perfectly well as a simple mortar and pestle for grinding spices though you may lose some because of the texture.
Real basalt - not a concrete composite Good size Takes some time and effort to "season" it
San Augustine, TX
Great customer service
The first molcajete I ordered arrived with a leg broken off. I contacted customer service and they quickly sent out another one at no charge. They even allowed me to keep the broken one, which while broken, could still be used (just not level). Spent a few hours preparing them by grinding rice in them and now they're ready for delicious salsas!
San Francisco
Exactly what I was looking for!
I received my molcajete within a few days and when I opened it I found one with "character" as I noticed some of the bottom leg crumbled off but it still stood perfectly! I thought it made it unique as imperfections always do! Its a wonderful addition that I have long been wanting! Thank you !
Authentic Great size
I LOVE my molcajete!
I tried to season my molcajete the "rice way" but 45 minutes later I deciced to follow what others have done here and on youtube and go to my local manual car wash and use their power-wash hose & it worked great! I got 4 minutes per wash time so I did it twice because I didn't get all of the rice out the first time around. I made guacamole and fresh salsa in it after cleaning and rinsing it at home with vinegar and a brush! I can agree with all the other reveiws that say the molcajete gives your food this amazing yummy taste that you don't get in a plain bowl and the way it grinds and mashes the ingredients makes the food the perfect consistentcy! I am so glad I purchased my molcajete!!! Very happy 😊!

Can tell it is made from the right kind of volcanic rock and from one piece and that I don't have to worry there is concrete mixed in with the rock! Worth the price! none!
Medford, Oregon
Classi Morter & Pestle
I thought that this would be a lot harder to break-in but after a few grindings of rice I put water in the well and cooked it in the over on a tray until the rice was gone. I've always wanted one, now I'll have it forever!
Lake City, Co
Using this tool gives fantastic flavor to gucamole.what a difference it makes!
Easy to season and use
Delray Beach, Fl
Awesome Molcajete
Love this Molcajete. Wasn't hard to season it at all. Its the perfect size to use 2-3 avacados to make Guac.
Murray ky
As expected
Carolina del Norte
Molcajete de piedra negra
Es muy bueno el molcajete para hacer salsas .
Es buen producto†
Los Angeles
Works just as described
Works amazing, it's not cured so make sure to check online on how to do so.
Denton, Texas
Great item!
On receipt of my molcajete, I was amazed how large, nice, and heavy it was. I performed the curing phase several times till it was ready to use. †I love making salsa with it! †I'm extremely pleased with my purchase!! †Thanks!
San Diego, CA.
A masterpiece of authenticity
This Molcajete de Piedra Negra is truly authentic, & exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I plan on using it for the rest of my life !!! I'd like to pass along a couple of great tips for initially "cleaning" the lava grit out of the pours before using your molcajete for the first time. Believe it or not, I took my molcajete to a self serve car wash & sprayed all of the grit out of it with the high pressure hoses. Then, at home, I ground at least 4 - 6 applications (handfuls) of uncooked white rice, mixed with a tiny bit of water (so the rice didn't fly all over the place), into the bowl, until the rice began to fill in the holes/pores. Lastly, I wiped the rice out with a dry cloth (not paper towels). And, needless to say, I've been making epic salsa's ever since. I highly recommend this product to everyone !!!
All pros No cons
Pittsburgh Pa
I loved it. Just wish I could get it in an even larger size.
Not large enough. Would of been nicer if it came already cured.



5 1/4" x 2 1/2"
8" D x 6" H
1 unit


Proudly delivering authentic Mexican food directly to your door for over 22 years.