Yucatán (southeast of Mexico) is infamous for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and Mayan ruins e.g the iconic Chichén Itzá. But today we’re all about the cooking of Yucatán! Yucatán cooking includes many native foods like squash, corn, tomato and chile but Yucatan is where the Mayans perfected the cooking of these ingredients! The Spanish conquered the Yucatan in the 16th Century bringing with them European influenced flavours as opposed to Mexican. This is where delicioso banquetes were created such as the cochinita pibil – pulled pork tenderised in sour orange juice and pickled onions and pollo en escabeche oriental (pickled chicken).
But the mucho special thing about Yucatán is the markets in Merida where our abuelas find all the fresh vegetables and spices to create such fantastico banquetes! Mercado Lucas De Galvéz is the main market of Merida. This where you’ll find the freshest chile, tomatoes and salsa to create the ultimo mexican sabor!
The three most popular things you’ll find out the markets of Merida are:
Recados – Bags of Yucatán spices for your pollo!
Habanero salsa and chile for your tacos and last but not least, papaya for dessert!
Below we have our Yucatán style dried chiles and salsa you can find on our online store. Arriba!
Habanero peppers are mainly grown in the southern state of Yucatán and they are a crucial ingredient in the culinary tradition of this state. These peppers are famous for their level of piquant, however, their aroma is a valued and much used component in Yucatec cuisine. Cocina Mestiza’s Habaneros Yucatán Style combines habaneros with onion, garlic and spices, achieving a flavorful, tangy, spicy pickle that goes well with all Mexican food.