Typical food of Merida, Mexico

Gastronomy in Merida consists of the traditional Yucatecan dishes, where ingredients such as chicken, pork, achiote, beans, and habanero pepper are always present

Merida is a traditional city with a historic legacy of the Mayan civilization. Its culinary offer includes restaurants of different specialties. However, without any doubt, the cuisine from Yucatan is the most representative of the city. Although there are numerous options, the most popular dishes are:

Cochinita pibil, this typical Yucatecan dish consists of pork prepared with bitter orange and achiote, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in the oven. It is served with red onion in lemon juice and sliced habanero pepper. 

Panucho, is a typical snack that consists of a fried corn tortilla stuffed with beans, served with roasted chicken, tomato, avocado, and red onion. It is accompanied by habanero sauce, commonly used in the southeast area of Mexico. This dish and other snacks from the Mexican state of Yucatan are served at Eladio’s restaurant.

Sopa de lima, is a kind of chicken soup with a light taste of lime. It is prepared with shredded chicken, fried corn tortilla, tomato, and onion. If you want to try it, go to Hacienda Teya restaurant.

Poc-Chuc, is one of the most famous dishes in the cuisine from Yucatan, that consists of pork or chicken meat cooked over a grill and seasoned with bitter orange, oregano, thyme, and onion. If you wish to try it, we recommend you to go to Los Almendros restaurant.

Marquesita, is a sweet snack that consists of wheat flour cooked until it becomes crispy. It is filled mainly with Edam cheese, but you can have it with jam, milk caramel, or Nutella®. You can try it at most of the street food stalls around the city.

Other dishes we recommend you to try are the salbutes, which are similar to the panuchos, but without the beans; and the papadzules, elaborated with corn tortillas filled with boiled eggs, dipped in a sauce of pumpkin seeds. Other traditional meals include relleno negro, prepared with turkey and recado negro, which is a Mayan seasoning; and the famous queso relleno, prepared with Edam cheese and ground meat.

Regarding beverages, you can try the Xtabentun, which is a Mayan liquor made with fermented honey from the bees that feed from the xtabentun flower; or the Leon and Montejo beers, that are originally from the city.

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Cochinita pibil,Merida, Mexico

Cochinita pibil

Ground pork marinated in achiote and orange juice, wrapped in banana leaves and baked.

Panucho,Merida, Mexico


Fried corn tortilla filled with beans, served with roasted chicken, red onion, avocado, and the traditional habanero sauce.

Sopa de lima,Merida, Mexico

Sopa de lima

Soup of chicken broth seasoned with pepper, tomato, and lime slices.

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Chicken or pork dish cooked over the grill, seasoned with bitter orange, onion, and oregano.

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Crunchy dessert based on wheat flour stuffed with Edam cheese, jam, or milk caramel.