Maybe nobody’s ever asked you this question, but what are Cancun flavors?

Located in the extreme north of the Benito Juarez municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, Cancún is known for being an incredible beach destination. It’s a common tourist destination and has the highest quality hospitality, is famous for its superior service, and it’s always one of our top places to visit.

We’d like to help you prepare for your trip to Cancún with a slightly different invitation and instead of focusing on recommending the best hotels or beaches, we’d like for you to take a gastronomic trip that you won’t want to miss.

1.- El Tikin Xic or Mayan grilled fish

Once you get off the plane and get settled in, the first dish you have to try is Tikin Xic or Mayan grilled fish. This Yucatan recipe is a Riviera Maya tradition and gets its unmistakable flavor from a delicious mix of fish (generally snapper or grouper) achiote, and bitter orange. To make it even better, the dish comes with red onion, rice, and lime.

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Local spices and fishes are a the fundation of Yucateca food.

2.- Papadzules

Originally a Yucatecan coastal dish, this dish is traditional Cancún gastronomy. Each bite of this delicious meal is a unique experience thanks to its pumpkin seed sauce that covers the smooth corn tortillas full of scrambled eggs. Re-mix it with a touch of spicy tomato salsa and habanero chile, and it’s sure to be your new favorite.

3.- Lime soup

According to some records, lime soup was created during the Conquistador era and has become an integral part of Yucatan gastronomy since then. What’s not to love about its refreshing citrusy flavor? Prepared with chicken, tortilla chips, cilantro, brown pepper, and other local spices, lime soup must be your first choice at every restaurant in Cancún. Ask for it with pork or beef, whatever garnishes your heart desires, or with some habanero chilies if you like a stronger and spicier flavor.

4.- Panuchos

If tacos are your favorite (and who doesn’t love tacos?), you’ll love these delicious and original treats called panuchos prepared and served Cancun-style. This regional dish is traditionally from the southeast of the country and is served with corn tortillas, refried beans, and includes a large number of stews for every taste. From chicken to beef and pork, a proper panucho is always prepared with cabbage or lettuce, delicious red onion, and slices of tomato and avocado.

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Yucateca kitchen is nothing without the Cochinita Pibil! Take a bite and enjoy its delicious freshness

5.- Cochinita pibil

Always imitated and reformulated but never quite matched, cochinita pibil from Cancún is a dish for those looking to experience traditional flavor with a unique twist. Even though it’s preparation is similar to that in other regions (pork is first marinated with achiote, orange juice, garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper and wrapped in banana leaves) preparing cochinita in earthen ovens separates its flavors from the rest of Mexico. To enjoy this dish, cochinita is served in tortillas with habanero chile, red onion, and lime.


Now that you know that Cancún offers so much more than incredible beaches and crystalline waters, get ready to experience a thousand years of gastronomic history on your plate during your next trip to the Riviera Maya on a weekend trip during your next vacation. Before you pack your bags, remember to register on Re_set (for free!) to get a trial membership that will make your experience even more unforgettable by providing you with exclusive discounts to the best hotels and restaurants in all of Cancun.

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