Mexican cuisine is well known for its mestizo characteristics, thanks to which we are able to taste fascinating dishes combining flavors that date back to pre-Hispanic times, and the significant Spanish influence provided by the conquest and colonization period. That’s why we can find such delicious and varied recipes scattered all over the country. This is the case of the Yucatan Peninsula, where not only do we find a cuisine with national and Spanish influence, but it also has the flavor of the Caribbean. Prepare yourself to read about those typical dishes that stand out, not only for their mesmerizing colors and varied ingredients, but those which will make your palate be a part of one of the most exquisite culinary experiences worth repeating in your next vacation to Isla Mujeres.
1.- Royal Crab
Isla Mujeres has a wide variety of seafood, including some species that aren’t available in any other area of the country. This is the case of the Royal Crab. A typical dish of the area, allowing the client to try a tasty, big and steamed crustacean accompanied with melted butter on the side, making a simple dish quite unique in its class and a must in your next trip to Isla Mujeres.
2.- Empanadas de cazón
Perhaps one of the favorite dishes, both for members of the local community, as for those who visit the island. Made from fried corn dough molded into a crescent-moon shape that is later filled with shredded school shark meat cooked with onions, tomato and epazote. Making this dish a tasty crunchy snack with an exquisite flavor.
3.- Tikin Xic fish
One of the most traditional dishes of the Peninsula that transforms a simple grilled fish into a gastronomic delight. White fish marinated in an exquisite mixture of achiote and sour orange, accompanied by red onion, tomato and chili served on a bed of banana leaves to accentuate its tropical touch. You cannot leave the area without having one of this first.
4.- Snail Ceviche
There is an overwhelming variety of options when it comes to ceviche in Isla Mujeres, but truth be told, you can not leave without having tasted the one and only snail ceviche. An ideal option for those hot days in the Mexican Caribbean. Enjoy the freshest snail meat, cut into small pieces mixed with plenty of lemon juice, accompanied with onion, tomato and chili.
5.- Kibis a la chetumaleña
One of those snacks that can not be missed, no matter the occasion. Delicious fried patties created by a mixture of wheat, onion, garlic, egg, chicken broth powder and ground beef, later filled with ingredients such as cheese and meat. They are the perfect accompaniment to any meal with its crispy texture and delicious flavor.
In addition to its beautiful landscapes and a surprising tropical biodiversity, Isla Mujeres offers the opportunity to delight yourself with regional food and the opportunity to not miss a pleasant culinary experience thanks to the dishes and ingredients that represent the Mayan culture and international influence. Make sure you accompany your meals with a cold coconut to cool off after a long and hot day full of adventures that the island has prepared for you.