The state of Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, is known for it’s rich culture and beautiful beaches. However, it is also home to a variety of delicious food that reflects the influence of the ancient Maya and Spanish colonizers.
One of the most popular typical foods in Quintana Roo is the cochinita pibil, a traditional Mayan dish that is prepared with pork marinated in achiote, onion, lemon and aromatic herbs. The meat is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earthen oven, called a “pibl”, where it is slowly cooked and acquires a unique smoky flavor.
Another popular dish is Tikin Xic, a traditional Mayan recipe for fish cooked in an achiote, onion, tomato and herb sauce. It is served with rice and corn tortillas. The name Tikin Xic means “beautiful fish”; in Mayan, and it is a delight for fish lovers.
The panucho is another traditional dish from Quintana Roo, it is a corn tortilla stuffed with beans, served with chicken, cochinita pibil, chicharrón, among other ingredients and is accompanied with sauce and cream.
Last but not least is the coconut ceviche, a coastal delicacy that combines fresh fish marinated in lime, cilantro, onion, and grated coconut. It is a fresh and light dish, perfect to enjoy on a hot day at the beach.
In summary, the original food of Quintana Roo is a mixture of Mayan and Spanish influences that is characterized by its smoky flavor and delicacy. Dishes such as cochinita pibil, Tikin Xic, panucho, and coconut ceviche are just a few examples of what can be enjoyed in this beautiful Mexican state. If you have the opportunity to visit Quintana Roo, be sure to try some of these traditional dishes to experience real local food.