Yucatán Cuisine


Because the Yucatán region is relatively isolated from the rest of Mexico, it has developed a unique – and delicious – cuisine.  Once you try these dishes, you’ll want to have them again.

Since there are few restaurants outside of Mexico where you can find these regional dishes, you may want to try cooking them yourself!  We highly recommend Mayan Cuisine: Recipes from the Yucatan Region, available from Amazon.com.

A few of our favorite Yucatán dishes include:

Cochinita Pibil (also called Puerco pibil)

Pork marinated in achiote paste, sour orange juice, garlic and spices, then slow roasted in banana leaves.  The meat is shredded and served on corn tortillas, usually with pickled red onions.

Pollo Pibil

Chicken prepared in the same way as cochinita pibil.

Sopa de Lima

A delicious soup of chicken broth, shredded chicken, bits of fried tortilla, and lime juice.  For the best flavor, use lima agria, a variety of lime from the Yucatán region.

Poc Chuc

Grilled pork marinated in sour orange juice and spices, served with pickled red onions.


Masa dough or tortillas, filled with shredded chicken and refried beans.


A kind of spicy pork sausage similar to chorizo.

Yucatán Restaurants in the US and Canada

Do you know of a restaurant serving Mayan cuisine?

Please contact us and tell us about it!