When it comes to Mexican food, we all have a general understanding of the basics like tacos, burritos, and loaded plates of cheesy nachos. But one of Mexico’s most underrated cuisines, and one that you should get to know first hand, is that of the Yucatán Peninsula. Inspired by ingredients and cooking techniques used by the ancient Mayans, as well as those brought over by Spanish conquistadors, Dutch merchants, and Lebanese immigrants, this beautiful part of Mexico serves up fusion flavors found nowhere else in the country.
From deep-fried tortillas topped with slow-roasted pork to Edam cheese stuffed with spiced meat and raisins, there’s one thing we know for sure: Yucatecan food is a treat for the senses. These are the dishes you need to know, including Mayan food made with Yucatán ingredients and a savory Yucatán dessert.