Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete - 8" D x 6" H

Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
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Product Features
  • 100% Pure lava rock
  • Artisan quality authentic
  • Made in Mexico
  • Free Recipe Book


Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete 8" diameter x 6" high. Molcajete de Piedra Volcanica

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 Black 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. Other way to get your black 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 in to the surface of the molcajete, it will cause no problem. Each piece is hand crafted by an artisan. Your molcajete may have minor variations to the one shown on the picture.

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 Negra con Tejolote incluido - 20 cm diametro x 15 cm altoEl 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 Molcajate 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.


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78% Recommend this product (36 of 46 responses)
By Mickey
Fort Collins, CO
July 28, 2018
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
March 9, 2012
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!
ProsGreat 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.
ConsNo dislikes.
By Carol
Boise, ID
September 26, 2018
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!
By Greg
September 22, 2018
Very cool
Great piece. I use it every day
By Robyn
Batavia, IL
June 9, 2018
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.
By Sandra Vickery
Tucson AZ
June 5, 2018
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.
ProsVery heavy and sturdy. Due to the stone, makes grinding harder spices, like whole peppers really easy and quick!
ConsCuring it! But I expected to have to do it, I love that I controlled the cure.
By jgs
June 2, 2018
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.
By Jacqueline Murro
April 4, 2018
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.
By Chuck D.
Parkesburg, PA
December 29, 2017
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 ½ quart or so). It’s 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 “seasoning” 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 doesn’t 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 – there wasn’t. 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 don’t 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 don’t 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.
ProsReal basalt - not a concrete composite Good size
ConsTakes some time and effort to "season" it
By Mick
San Augustine, TX
November 11, 2017
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!
By Kas
San Francisco
October 3, 2017
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 !
ProsAuthentic Great size
By Diana
May 29, 2017
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 😊!
ProsCan 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!
By Gary Sloper
Medford, Oregon
January 27, 2017
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!
By Don Farmer
Lake City, Co
November 9, 2016
Using this tool gives fantastic flavor to gucamole.what a difference it makes!
ProsEasy to season and use
By Chris Prentice
Delray Beach, Fl
September 27, 2016
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.
By Chris
Murray ky
September 14, 2016
As expected
By Maria
Carolina del Norte
September 7, 2016
Molcajete de piedra negra
Es muy bueno el molcajete para hacer salsas .
ProsEs buen producto 
By An encrypted user :)
Los Angeles
July 4, 2016
Works just as described
Works amazing, it's not cured so make sure to check online on how to do so.
By Marilyn
Denton, Texas
May 1, 2016
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!
By A. Soja
San Diego, CA.
January 27, 2016
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 !!!
ProsAll pros
ConsNo cons
By Ruth
Pittsburgh Pa
December 3, 2015
I loved it. Just wish I could get it in an even larger size.
ConsNot large enough. Would of been nicer if it came already cured.
By Debra
November 22, 2015
Work Of Art.
I have other molcajetes, but this one is especially lovely. It is a pleasure to use.
By Pat S.
Santa Cruz, CA
December 23, 2014
I like my molcajetes.
These things are the bomb for mashing avocados quickly for guacamole, and I'm sure I'll become an expert in mashing lots of other things once I get into the cookbook.
ProsThey're heavy duty!
ConsThey're HEAVY!
By Mary
Steamboat Springs, Colorado / Oaxaca de Juárez, Oa
October 7, 2014
Exceptional Quality
Exactly like those I've used in Oaxaca. The bowl area is deep enough to make a decent amount of salsa or gualcamole. Be prepared to take some time to season the vessel and tejalote; best done outside as the rice tends to jump a bit at first. Also, place a sturdy cutting board or other surface underneath as the legs will scar a counter or table. Enjoy!!!!
ProsGood size and authentic material and construction.
ConsThe feet can easily scratch or scar a table or counter or other unprotected surface.
By joela
July 28, 2014
everything i expected and looks great in the kitchen! can't wait to use it!!!
Proslooks! weight!
By Moldaleen Tipton
Canon City, Colorado
June 3, 2014
Very satisfied with my Molcajete de Piedra Negra.
I will do business with this business again.
Prosgreat business
By Tita
Denville, NJ
May 20, 2014
Love this Molcajete
I've had a Molcajete that I bought in Mexico almost 30 years ago. I bought one from this sight 2 years ago for my son when he moved away from home. Was worried about the quality, but it is great & he loves it. Recently bought another for a niece's wedding shower & now plan to buy another for another shower.
By TBallard
Brooksville, florida
March 6, 2014
It's what I expected and very happy with the size .
By Sheri
Toledo, ohio
March 18, 2013
I don't know how I lived without my molcajetes! I use one for hot dishes, and the other to make guacamole , or vegies for fajitas. My molcajete keeps my food hot for an hour and a half! Great for buffets! Very easy to cure, and not gritty at all! Now my molcajetes have a wonderful flavor inside the bowl.
ProsThe convenience of keeping food hot. And looks great for presentation.
By Arthur
Meeker, Colorado
January 2, 2013
I've been using my molcajete two or three times a day for a couple of weeks now and just love it. After breaking it in with rice and salt and washing thoroughly with plain water, I have not seen even one particle of grit. Not one!
ProsFunctionality Quality
By vic
Phoenix, AZ
September 26, 2012
Authentic Molcajete
Love this molcajete; however, it took a lot of grinding with rice in order to get this molcajete seasoned. I wish mexgrocer could offer molcajetes already seasoned and ready to be used.
ProsIt's the real deal and the size is perfect.
By Kim
Milwaukee, wi
August 15, 2012
Love my molcajete!
Purchased two of these after reading on a website that mexgrocer and amazon sell authentic molcajetes. The amazon purchase is nice, lighter in color and looks different. I don't know authentic from otherwise, but between the two I prefer the molcajete I received from mexgrocer. It's sleeker looking, darker in color and has a rustic yet contemporary look to it. Smaller than I'd hoped but it will suffice. Still in the process of seasoning with rice cumin and garlic. House smells great. Can't wait to make my first salsa. Will definitely keep on display on my counter. Happy with my purchase. Highly recommend mexgrocer Watch the you tube video on the history of these hand made molcajetes and you'll come to appreciate it all the more.
ProsColor Shape Design Fits contemporary decor
ConsWish it was bigger
By Elke
Cottonwood, Ca
June 7, 2012
Rrcieved this as described. Seasoning required rice and salt once. Have used for salsa and guacamole switch absolutely no grit. This is the real deal...don't skimp! I had a molcajete that was given to me as a gift ad never could get rid if grit when trying to season. Spend the extra twenty dollars and but won't regret it!
By Jonnie
The Range, Northern Minnesota
April 2, 2012
My Molcajete
I am really impressed with this item. I followed cleaning instructions, ground salt, then rice (which gives new respect for persons who did or do this every day) and washed it than last night made salsa. It was so darn wonderful we didn't mind the little bit of grit that meant I should grind rice a few more times. The item is so beautiful in its simplicity and very heavy. It sits on a open kitchen shelf in place of pride when I can enjoy it between uses. It was delivered rapidly and packed great. I put silicone on the bottom of the feet so they don't scratch my counter since it is lava stone & rough
ProsThe design The heaviness The ease of use
ConsGrinding, grinding, grinding LOL
By Greg
February 20, 2012
Love it but...
The functionality of the product is perfect and I love using it. The only problem I have with the one I received is it has a nice size cosmetic defect. A part of the stone is brown with a good size pit. It looks kind of ugly on that side.
ProsFunctionality Taste
ConsCosmetic Defect
By Mike
San Diego, California
December 12, 2011
Genuine Article
This is the real one! I live along the Cali border w/Mex and this is better than the one's sold in TJ. Bowl inside diameter is 6 inches (15cm) Bowl inside depth at center is 2 inches (5cm) Overall size diameter is 8 inches (20cm) Overall height is 4 inches (10cm) The pestle (tejolote) is 4.5 inches long (11.5cm) and 2.25 inches (5.75cm) at the grind base. Pure volcanic material. Does NOT come with seasoning instructions. Be sure you find out the proper seasoning method. Many resources online. I like the simple rice, cumin and garlic method though it does take more time. [Suggestion: Get Playtex glove and cut off finger/thumb. Use on your fingers to grind while doing the seasoning. Saves your skin! Never, ever, wash with any kind of soap. Only use warm water, maybe a vegetable brush, and let thoroughly dry. Enjoy the supreme and authentic taste. But don't try a mole just yet unless you know what you are doing!
ProsAuthentic lava stone. Perfect size. Quality product.
ConsPestle a little too small. Should be at least 6 inches (15 cm) long for good grasp.
By Cindy Youngblood
June 22, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
Beautifully made, great cooking tool. I love the old world look and feel of the molcajete and the freshness of homemade salsa.
By Nokie
May 2, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
I love this item and only wish I had bought one sooner! I did a little internet research and decided to start the curing process with a few hits with a power washer. I followed that with the oven method described here and the results were great. I served my first molcajete guacamole this weekend and it was a big hit: guests were asking where/how to get one! I looks very nice as a serving piece for the guacamole as well. You'll be pleased with this product.
April 4, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
I bought this as a gift for my sister. I wanted to make sure I got her a quality molcajete. I was very pleased with the shipping and price and she said that it was very easy to season the molcajete. No regrets here -great item!
By Getty22
March 14, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
I remember how my Grandmother made the best salsas with her molcajete, and I wanted to find one that she would be proud to own. Well, I found it here at It seasoned perfectly and made salsa that even Great Gram would love! Don't worry about getting fooled with an imitation product - this molcajete is "puro mexicano."
By Sharita
February 20, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
I had been shopping for a molcajete, but wanted to be sure I was getting an authentic one and not one mixed with concrete or made out of a mold. This piece is exactly what I was hoping it would be. The curing process did not take too long, though I used rice instead of corn as the directions suggested. It is a beautiful black stone, I can't wait to start grinding my spices and breaking it in. I have no doubt it will last for years!
By John
January 16, 2011
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
Me encanta este molcajete. El tamano es perfecto para hacer salsas molcajeteadas. I suggest everyone have one of these if you want to cook Mexican food!
By amazingrace
August 14, 2010
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
I absolutely love my molcajete! Guacamole and salsas have incredible flavor. It's also useful for grinding spices. I now make my own fresh spice blends for fajitas and tacos, and keep thinking up more ways to use this tool. In addition to its usefulness, the molcajete & tejolete look just wonderful on display in my kitchen. Get one, you will love it too!
By Valentina
June 6, 2010
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
This is a great buy. The guacamole tastes so much better than before and is served very nicely as well. I first combine onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper and salt, grind it very thoroughly, then add avocado and diced tomatoes plus lime juice. Really good.
By Christine - Chicago
May 21, 2010
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
The first time I saw a Molcajete was in NY at Dos Caminos restaurant where I had fantastic guacamole. I've recreated that recipe a few times, but until using the Molcajete to make it the taste just wasn't the same. I used the same method as the previous reviewer to grind sea salt, and half of jalapeno pepper, tomato cilantro & onion- then added the avocado and lemon juice. So much better than mashing with fork in a bowl or making in a food processor- both methods of which I've used.
April 26, 2010
Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
This is my first molcajete. I had never even seen one before. Before ordering it, I was worried that I would get one of the bad ones -- ones that never season, leave grit, etc. Well, I am very happy with this one. I spent a couple of afternoons seasoning it with dry white rice -- grinding a small handful each time to a fine dust. It's a bit of work. I think 3-4 times total. The last time left no visible grit. I have now made several batches of guacamole and salsa in it. Not a SINGLE bit of grit. NONE AT ALL. But most important, the guacamole and salsa are very, very good. For the guac, I start by grinding several serranos and some onion and garlic into a green paste (not easy, it helps to add some salt), and then I blend in avocados and lime juice. The taste is incredible, and I don't think it could be replicated by a processor or blender. The molcajete is surprisingly easy to clean -- just a nylon brush and some really hot water (no soap). If you are like I was -- new to molcajetes and unsure of what to get -- I think you'll be very happy with this one.




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