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The Ultimate Food Guide for The Riviera Maya

We all know Mexico has one of the best cuisines of the world. Mexico is much more than tacos. Here, in this guide you will learn about the local dishes, some desserts and drinks you can find at the Riviera Maya. Consider that most dishes are made with corn. That is why Mexicans have earned the name “children of the corn” since pre-Hispanic times.

variedad de platillos mexicanos

Empanadas

Fried corn dough fried and filled with chicken, beef, or cheese. You can dress it on top with Sauce, purple onions, and cream.

empanadas preparadas con vegetales

Panuchos

Discs of corn fried dough served with sauce, onions, sour cream and chicken or any other protein available.

panuchos preparados

Polcanes

Deep-fried balls of corn dough filled with meat, or Chicken. Served with fresh lettuce, sauce, cheese, purple onions and sour cream inside. 

polcanescon salsa

Tacos

We all know what a taco is. There are plenty of variants of them. We suggest try them all.

tacos con venduta

Tamales

Mini boxes of corn steamed. filled with sauce, chicken, pork, and more. Wrapped with banana leaves or corn.

Quesadillas

Grilled base of corn dough filled with different dishes. Chicken, beef, pork, cheese, mushrooms, and more. 

Salbutes / Tostadas

Thin crunchy discs of corn with a layer of fried beans, served with Mexican dishes, most of the time seafood when you are at the Riviera Maya but you can find chicken, beef, pork, turkey. Decorated on top with lettuce, purple onions, sour cream and cheese.

salutes preparados con aguacate

Ceviche

Seafood dish. A mixture of shrimp, fish, or octopus cooked in lime juice seasoned with salt, black pepper, and chili peppers. Served as a fresh salad with raw vegetables: onions, tomato, cilantro, cucumber. Eat with plain tostadas or nacho tortillas. Dress it with sauce or chili peppers. There’s a variant: agua chile which is made of shrimp and it’s more spicy.

plato de tostadas de ceviche o aguachile

 

Cochinita Pibil

Pork marinated with acid citrus and  roasted with spice and herbs. This dish comes from Yucatan. It is served mostly as a taco, tostadas or salbutes. You can dress with sauce on top

Pozole

Traditional soup made with white corn grains. Cooked with pork, chicken or plain. It can be served with shredded lettuce or cabbage, chile peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa or lime juice. Eat it with tostadas or totopos.
pozole verde con champinones

 

Huevos Motuleños

It gets its name because of motul village in Yucatan. It Consists of eggs on tortillas served with black beans, avocado, sauce and cheese on top. Sometimes with other ingredients such as ham, turkey, chicken. Perfect for breakfast.

huevos motulenos

Papadzules

Another Yucatan dish that consists of fried tortillas dipped in pepita sauce (sweet). Tortillas are filled with hard-boiled eggs and decorated on top with cheese, purple onions, and spicy sauce.

Relleno Negro

traditional Yucatan dish. Often made of turkey with a spice blend made from charred chilies and herbs that give it a slightly spicy flavor and its emblematic black coloring. You can eat it as tacos, Panuchos, tortas. There are variants of pork and beef.

tostada de relleno negro con huevo

Pozol

Refreshing drink made with fermented corn dough and cocoa. It looks like a chocolate milkshake. 

bebida artesanal pozol

Marquesitas

This is a dessert from Yucatan. It is a rolled crepe, like a taco but filled with sweet toppings such as Nutella, cajeta, condensed milk, jelly, and more. Bola cheese is also delicious.

marquesitas mermelada y queso

 

As you can see there are a few items on the list but these are the local ones that you must try at the Riviera. There are many other dishes you can find at restaurants, even international cuisine but this post is dedicated to local food.

Now you know about the most famous and delicious meals At the Mayan riviera we bet you are eager to try them all. Check out our post where you can find these dishes along the Mayan riviera. We have made a list of different towns.