Delicious Mexican Food From The Yucatan

Omelet Tolugueno Playa del Carmen Mexico

Omelette Toluqueño at Baremar Restaurant

Yucatan, Mexico

Omelette Toluqueño

This delicious looking omelet is full of a Toluqueno spiced Chorizo, local cheese, and the Epazote herb (aka Mexican Tea). Served over chopped grilled cactus with green chili sauce. You can order one of these for yourself at Baremar Restaurant in Playa del Carmen. Price: $6.50 US

Cochinita Pibil Yucatan Mexico

Especialidad de la Casa at Oasis Family Restaurant

Especialidad de la Casa (House Specialty)

This gigantic meal is comprised of Poc-Chuc (grilled pork), Longaniza Asada (grilled Spanish sausage), Cochinita Pibil (pulled pork), beans, guacamole, rice, salad, and French Fries! It’s the yummy house specialty at Oasis Family Restaurant in Valladolid Price: $6.80 US

Tostadas at Aguachiles Yucatan Mexico

Los Tostadas at Aguachiles

Los Tostadas (Fried Tortilla Tacos)

These colorful creations are Tostadas, kind of like tacos but with hard fried tortillas. One of them is Tuna and the other Mixed Ceviche, both topped with super fresh veggies. The two you see here were prepared at Los Aguachiles in Playa del Carmen. Price: $2.35 US (each)

Tacos al Pastor Yucatan Mexico

Tacos al Pastor at El Fogon

Tacos al Pastor (Grilled Pork Tacos)

This is what real Mexican tacos look like. Al Pastor means “shepherd’s style”, and it’s comprised of chile marinated pork flame grilled on a vertical spit. They are super cheap at only $0.60 a taco. Also pictured in this photo is a bowl of bean soup, and a Chorizo Taco. I was hungry that day at El Fogon in Playa del Carmen. Luckily it didn’t cost me too much… Price: $3.75 US (for everything)

Relleno Negro de Pavo Yucatan Mexico

Relleno Negro de Pavo at Cocina Economica Mi Ranchito

Relleno Negro de Pavo (Black Turkey Soup)

A true traditional Yucatecan dish, this spicy soup is full of turkey chunks, corn dumplings, and a hardboiled egg floating in thick black sauce made from mole paste & burned chiles. Always served with hot fresh tortillas. While it looks pretty strange, it tastes great! The dish can be found at Cocina Economica Mi Ranchito in Valladolid. Price: $3.90 US

Pulpo a la Veracruzana Yucatan Mexico

Pulpo a la Veracruzana at Club Nautico Tarraya

Pulpo a la Veracruzana (Octopus Veracruz Style)

Under the all those tomatoes, onions, garlic, and pickled chiles is some freshly caught grilled octopus. Served with rice and tortillas right on the edge of the beach. This savory dish can be found at the pirate themed Club Náutico Tarraya in Playa del Carmen, it’s actually the town’s oldest restaurant. Price: $4.60 US

Nopales Asados Yucatan Mexico

Nopales Asados on the Street

Nopales Asados (Grilled Cactus)

Cactus is actually a very popular vegetable in Mexico. After scraping away the thorns, you can grill it in oil with salt & pepper to use as a side dish, or in a vegetarian meal like this one. Cactus tastes like steamed green beans, but with an acidic kick. This snack was made using grilled cactus, radishes, tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Bought at a street cart in Playa del Carmen. Price: $2.00 US

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25 Comments

  1. Hey Mat

    I’m a Mexican who lives in Merida, Yucatan. You’re right, yucatan’s food is amazing. About the poc-chuc, there is a restaurant kind of widely known between adventorous people from around here. The place is “El principe Tutul Xiu”, and everyone i know that’s been there claim to have the best poc chuc they’ve ever had (no exceptions AT ALL). Every traveller should fucking totally try it. Currently (12th of july 2015) there are three of these, one in Merida, one in Oxkutzcab, and Mani. The first and original is the one in Mani. Altough the ones in Merida and Oxkutzcab are good, they’re not nearly as good as the one in Mani. The usual way of making a day is going to the Cuzama cenotes in the morning and then going to Mani for eating at this restaurant. We usually do this because both Cuzama and Mani are located at the south of Merida. Cuzama is about 1 hour away from Merida, and Mani about 2 hours away from Merida and 1 hour away from Cuzama, which is why i don’t go as often as i would like, and maybe that’s the reason why i’m always wondering about it.

    1. Gerardo, great post. I am a gringo who has been coming to the Yucatan for decades, and now I live here. I work with volunteers from around the world who come here to help with social and environmental research. I am a retired plant biologist who has been interested in the interaction of the Maya with their environment over the millenia, and I am now hooking up volunteers with projects with CICY (El Centro de Investigacion Cientifico de Yucatán) and other institutions, as well as a growing movement synthesizing traditional Maya agricultural techniques and recent developments in sustainable agriculture. We have a regular tour to the cenotes of Cuzama, which are awesome and have their own socio-political history, and when we can we go to Mani to Tutul Xia to eat. The food of the Yucatan is awesome, very different in some ways from the rest of Mexico, and I make a point with my young volunteers from around the world to appreciate the local cuisine and enjoy it for what it is, not for what they expected it to be.

  2. Nice selections, I know almost every one of those places. I’m flying to Cancun Monday and heading straight to Valladolid for all those Yucatec treats. Nice work!

  3. Next time you visit Mexico try Enchiladas, Tamales rojos and sopes de papa. Those are my favorites! :)
    P.S. Im impressed by how you write everything right. Sometimes people write the names of food or places wrong.

  4. If you think that’s good. You should visit Oaxaca and eat that food. I’m from Mexico City and in my opinion that state has the best food in the country.

  5. Relleno Negro de Pavo is not French Onion soup but bet it hit the spot the same way,eh? And I could smell the fresh tortillas all the way from Canada. ¡ Ay Caramba !

  6. All the food looks delicious. Plus, this shows how varied are the dishes found in Mexico. You can eat like crazy everyday without getting bored. I am taking note of the places you ate at Playa del Carmen.

  7. We were so missing Mexican food on the road. Unfortunately we found that Central and South America makes some pretty bad bland, Mexican food. Colombia probably had the worst. haha.

  8. Those look good. I was afraid you were going to show us road-kill armadillo with a medley of live grubs or something, washed down with a pint of monkey spit. A REAL travel blogger would know how to cook this stuff and want to serve it to others who may read his blog.

  9. Those are stunning pictures, Matthew. My favorite’s the one with the fried tortilla tacos.

    You know, I’ve just had dinner and somehow I’m feeling hungry again.

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