Sinaloan sushi is a type of Mexican-American and Japanese fusion cuisine found on the United States West Coast and Southwest. Instead of wasabi, heat is provided by Sinaloa spices such as chipotle, chiltepin and jalapeño.[1]

The food probably originated in Culiacán, Sinaloa in the early 2000s,[2] then was adopted in Los Angeles in the 2010s.[3][4] Some of the first American restaurants were in Los Angeles County in 2013, and the first Mexican sushi restaurant in Orange County opened in 2015.[4] In 2016, at least six Mexican sushi restaurants were open in the Phoenix, Arizona area.[5] In 2017, one opened in Houston, Texas,[6] and another in the Denver area.[7] In 2017, one opened in Kent, Washington,[2][8] and in 2021, one opened in Tacoma, Washington.[9] It reached the Canadian city of Toronto by 2022.[10]

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  1. ^ Sara Hayden (July 28, 2021). "Sushinaloa adds Mexican spice to Japanese sushi: Chefs make rolls with chipotle, chiltepin and jalapeño in Redwood City". Palo Alto Weekly.
  2. ^ a b Naomi Tomky (April 16, 2019). "One of America's Few Mexican Sushi Spots Is Right Here in the Seattle Area: Sushinola brings unique cross-cultural creations from Sinaloa". Eater.
  3. ^ Bill Esparza (August 1, 2013), "Oh No, There Goes Tokyo Roll—Sinaloa Style Sushi Invades Los Angeles", Los Angeles Magazine
  4. ^ a b Sarah Bennett (October 21, 2016). "Mexican sushi makes for delicious, unconventional fare". Los Angeles Times. Mexican sushi originated not too long ago in the northern state of Sinaloa...
  5. ^ PATRICIA ESCÁRCEGA (April 27, 2016). "Mexican Sushi Is on a Roll in Metro Phoenix". Phoenix New Times.
  6. ^ Alice Levitt (March 7, 2017), "Tex-Mex Tuesday: Culichi Town", Houstonia
  7. ^ Ruth Tobias (January 11, 2017), "Hidden Gem: El Coco Pirata – Head to this lively Barnum spot for super-fresh shellfish, stacked micheladas, and Sinaloan-style sushi rolls.", 5280 (magazine)
  8. ^ Rachel Belle (May 24, 2019), "William Shatner, Sushi and Mexican Food", Your Last Meal (podcast), Seattle – via KSL podcasts, ...Sushinola, one of the country's few Sinaloa style Mexican sushi restaurants, in Kent, Washington.
  9. ^ "New Tacoma restaurants open with beer, pizza, Mexican sushi". Tacoma News-Tribune. July 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Suresh Doss (January 20, 2022), "Carne asada sushi rolls, anyone? Here's where you can get Mexican-style sushi in the GTA", The Toronto Star