5 typical dishes of Quintana Roo

On vacation at lunchtime we all love to get out of the routine and get to know the food of the place that is being visited, in Quintana Roo you will not make the exception since you will find a wide variety of options in the typical dishes of Mayan cuisine that They are what will spice up your visit and make it unforgettable for your palate.

For the people of Quintana Roo the inheritance of food has been accentuated by the emergence of nuclei from other places, as well as the recent influence of the tourist corridor. However, the origins remain where the past finds the support of tradition.

The heritage of Mayan cuisine with its spices and unique mixtures of flavors and textures are what give flavor to the Mexican dishes present in the Yucatan Peninsula, they are some of the ones that we will show you here, most of them can be found in the typical restaurants you visit in the city:

Panuchos and Salbutes

The panuchos and salbutes are something like the “taco” of the Mexican Southeast. They are handmade corn tortillas that can be accompanied with any of the following stews: chicken, egg, beef or pork, served with lettuce or cabbage, avocado, tomato and red onion. The only difference is that the panucho has ground beans inside the tortilla, and the salbute does not.

Cochinita Pibil

Undoubtedly one of the dishes preferred by many when visiting Quintana Roo is the cochinita pibil. The recipe consists of pieces of pork marinated in annatto, sour orange juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper, wrapped in banana leaves and put into the oven; a very interesting fact is that it is typical to cook it in an underground oven. Definitely trying it at lunch will be something exceptional and very delicious, duly accompanied by tortillas and habanero pepper if desired, as well as red onion and lemon to taste.

Lime soup

This dish is made with shredded chicken, toast, and lime juice. The recipe is very simple and the flavor is authentic.


There are many recipes for ceviche. Most are prepared with octopus, fish, or shrimp. A good Mexican ceviche has the classic ingredients: tomato, herbs, red or white onion, avocado, lemon and salt to taste. Some ceviches are made on toast and others are served in deep plates.

Fish tacos

Although it is not considered a dish in itself, fish tacos can be found both in the center and in the Hotel Zone, there are both grilled and breaded fish, and shrimp. Most restaurants serve to accompany lemon, habanero and “homemade” dressings, whether they are mayonnaise or garlic and even with tomato and chipotle chili, you could not miss the onion and salt to taste.

What was your favorite dish on your vacation in Quintana Roo, did you try them all?