Cozumel Traditional Food

Classic Tortilla

Within Mexico a tortilla is a type of thin, unleavened flat bread, made from finely ground maize (usually called “corn” in the United States). In Mexico, there are three colors of maize dough for making tortillas: white maize, yellow maize and blue maize (or black maize).

In Aztec times, two or three corn tortillas would be eaten with each meal, either plain or dipped in mole or a chili pepper and water sauce.  Tortillas were also sold at Aztec marketplaces filled with turkey meat, turkey eggs, beans, honey, squash, tuna (a type of cactus fruit) and chili pepper.

Corn tortillas are the basis of many traditional Mexican dishes, such as tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, flautas,  quesadillas, chilaquiles, and tortilla soup (sopa de tortilla). Warmed corn tortillas are also often served as an accompaniment to stews, soups, grilled meats and other dishes, as bread might be served in other cuisines.

Corn tortillas may also be deep fried to make crisp tortilla chips. These are often salted, and can be eaten alone or accompanied with various salsas and dips such as guacamole. Tortilla chips are a key ingredient in nachos.

Ceviche

A very well know seafood dish that is served on all Mexican coasts. The ingredients are very simple a good fish filet raw, sliced in small cubes, marinated with natural lemon juice that will cook the fish after a couple of hours. Tomato, onion, cilantro and habanero. All mixed and served with tortilla chips known as “totopos”with a cold beer on the side. A delicious dish that you cannot miss.
Also you can substitute the fish with shrimps, conk shell, octopus or mix all for a fantastic sea food ceviche

Cochinita Pibil

Its a must try!! A traditional Mexican slow roasted pork dish from of Mayan origin. the pork is marinated with citrus juice, colored with annatto seed, and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf.
this dish is typical from the Yucatan peninsula and is a tradition for all Cozumel inhabitants to eat it. you can eat then o a classic taco, with a corn tortilla hand made or in a “torta” kind of sub or sandwich. usually is addressed with pink onion and chile habanero sauce. a must taste on your Cozumel journey.

Guacamole
EvGuacamole traditional fooderyone knows and love Guacamole. Cozumel is not the exception of this marvelous dish. Here you can find some history of the Guacamole and the classic homemade recipe.

History: Is an avocado -based dip that began with the Aztecs in Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient. It is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados and sea salt with a molcajete (mortar and pestle). Some recipes call for tomato, onion, garlic, lemon or lime juice, chili or cayenne pepper, yogurt, cilantro or basil, jalapeño and/or additional seasonings.

How to make Guacamole

Buy 2 or 3 avocados, you can know when they are good by touching and pressing the avocado with your hands, needs to be soft, not very soft and not so hard.

Completely scoop out the insides of the avocado.
Place avocado insides into the preparation bowl, do not use a food processor, this will make a very smooth and is not the taste that we are looking for.

Whit a fork smashes the avocado and add the following ingredients salt, pepper, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped coriander, chopped chile serrano.
Mix everything with the fork and serve.
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Do not forget to eat an authentic Guacamole in your visit to Cozumel.

Chips and Salsa

This well known appetizer is served on every restaurant on the island. It is a very simple recipe but very powerful taste and could be as spicy as you want to.
Everything is based on the sauce, chopped tomatoes with chopped onion combined with chopped chile serrano or chile habanero and some coriander. A couple of droops of fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, all mixed in a single dish, this is known as “pico de gallo”cozumel traditional food
(rooster beak).

This is also very known and you can combine it with different local dishes such as fresh fish, fried fish and the classic ceviche, made with this sauce and fresh fish or shrimp.
The chips are corn tortilla chips fried in cooking oil that makes them crispy.
You only need to grab a tortilla chip, put some salsa and enjoy the taste of Cozumel, Mexico.

Chile Habanero
The habanero is a variety of chili pepper used in the local food of Cozumel, Is very common to see locals eat habanero on their regular meals, they just bite it and accompanied with the food.

The habanero is very hot chili pepper, rated 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale. 
There’s a typical salsa that is made with habanero sauce and is used as a dress on many local dishes, is just a combination of finely cut habanero chili with vinegar and water, delicious to the taste as the vinegar counteracts the spicy of the habanero.
You will find also a habanero and garlic sauce excellent to dress seafood, well known by locals and used on almost every restaurant on Cozumel.

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