GASTRONOMY OF YUCATAN

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Typical Food of YUCATAN

Cochinita Pibil Tacos
Cochinita Pibil Tacos

The gastronomy of Yucatan has its origins in the traditional cuisine of the Mayans with some Spanish ingredients.

Its dishes are well known for their particular aroma and flavor, because they are prepared with condiments such as oregano, sour orange, coriander and mainly different types of chili. Other ingredients are the famous “recados”, which are a kind of pasta with which a very characteristic flavor is given to meats, such as the black “recados” or the red “recados”, among others. The “recados” are simply various species of condiments and ground and mixed chilies that form a paste, and that are the main base of many Yucatecan dishes.

So in addition to a trip through the incredible jungle landscapes of Yucatan, the cenotes, the archaeological sites, cities and towns, you should enjoy a whole gastronomic trip through the beautiful land of the Mayans.

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Dishes

Cochinita Pibil

Throughout all of Mexico, cochinita pibil is the most famous dish of Yucatecan cuisine. It is a mestizo dish, although its origin is pre-Hispanic and is basically pork marinated in achiote. According to 1900 recipes, it must be prepared in a banana leaf and in an earth oven. It is accompanied with red onion, a habanero pepper sauce and is generally served to make tacos or cakes.

Panuchos
Panuchos
Panuchos

They are traditional Yucatecan snacks, you can find them practically in any food stall in Yucatan, the ingredients can vary according to the taste of whoever prepares it and even the client, but the basic ingredients are refried tortillas, beans and purple onion. The tortilla is filled with beans, and this is then fried, the chicken, tomato sauce and onion are placed on top, it is accompanied with lettuce, cheese and avocado to taste.

Papadzules

If there is an ingredient that cannot be missing in any Yucatecan cuisine, this is the “pepitas” (green pumpkin seeds). The papadzules are like a kind of enchiladas but in the Yucatan style. They are prepared with a sauce of green pumpkin seeds and epazote. It is a smooth, creamy dish with a very good aroma. The sauce is the main thing in the dish and the filling of the tortillas is boiled egg and they are bathed in tomato sauce. Some prefer them with chicken, cheese, or pork.

Stuffed Cheese

Stuffed Cheese is a dish that is born from the large quantity and variety of cheeses that arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, from the Port of Progreso. The Yucatecans adopted Edam-type Ball Cheese to prepare this dish. Stuffed cheese is one of the most original and representative of Yucatán and basically it is a ball cheese cooked in the oven and stuffed with ground beef and pork as well as spices. It is served with a white sauce made from flour, chicken broth, and butter.

Poc Chuc

These are pork chops marinated in sour orange and cooked on the grill. It is served cut into pieces or whole with rice, salad, beans, chopped roasted onion, tomato, coriander and a sauce that is prepared with sour orange, tomato, coriander and onion.

Ceviche

Of course, the coasts of Yucatan are places to try exquisite seafood, but without a doubt, ceviches have their originality in the lemon juice that is produced from the Yucatan peninsula. The best places to eat a ceviche in Yucatan by the sea are Celestún, Puerto Progreso or Río Lagartos.

Salbute
At first glance it may resemble panuchos, but they differ in the mass of the tortilla. In this case, it is fried and swollen a little, remaining quite tender, while the panuchos are rather crunchy. It is served with sauce and with various ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, onion, avocados and meats.
 
Huevos Motuleños

Motuleños eggs originate from the town of Motul, Yucatán, hence the name. The chili and tomato sauce is what gives it its unmistakable and traditional flavor. It is a typical Yucatan breakfast, and it is served with tortillas grilled in a comal, beans, fried eggs and 2 tortillas in each plate in which the eggs are placed, covered with sauce and crumbled cheese.

Lime Soup
Lime Soup
Lime soup

It is a delicious soup typical of the Yucatan peninsula, its main ingredient as its name says is obviously limes, but according to the recipe they must also be 100% Yucatecan. The juice of the limes gives an exquisite and characteristic flavor to this dish. Yucatan limes are not very sour, in fact you could say that they are a bit sweet. They are served with chicken, garlic, onion, coriander, avocado, a lime wedge and salt to taste. I also accompany it with tortilla chips and the truth is one of my favorite dishes.

Fish a la Tikinxic

Like ceviche, one of the most traditional dishes that you can order when you are visiting and especially on the seashore in Yucatán, is fish a la Tikin xic. This is prepared using Yucatecan recado based on achiote as a condiment. The original is cooked directly over the embers with firewood, wrapped in banana leaves and some coconut shells. Achiote gives the characteristic taste and red color to other dishes such as cochinita and pollo pibil. Ideal if you accompany it with a Montejo beer which is also 100% Yucatecan.

Xtabentún

For after eating or working up an appetite, a good liquor and 100% Yucatecan is Xtabentún, it is fermented based on a flower of the same name. It can be served alone, with honey, or by putting it directly in your coffee. It is a drink with a strong flavor and almost immediate dizziness effects, so it is recommended to enjoy it in small sips. It is also a very good dressing in green leafy salads with a little lemon.

Papaya Sweets

A very common dessert that is served in Yucatecan restaurants is the papaya sweet, the original recipe says that the payapa to be softer must be soaked in water with lime for one or two hours, then washed very well before cooking. It also has piloncillo, cloves, lemon and cinnamon to obtain a sweet papaya in syrup.

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