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One of three states that sit on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, with which it shares its name, Yucatán was once an important region in the ancient Mayan civilization and is home to the famous Chichen Itza ruins. Like much of its culture and history, its cuisine is influenced by the Mayan legacy making it stand out from the other regional cuisines of Mexico. Achiote, citrus, habaneros, and smoke are pillars of Mayan cooking and deeply seeded in the region’s traditional cooking. One of the state’s best known dishes, pibil, was created by the Mayans to preserve meat in the Yucatán’s tropical climate. It is also the place to find some of the best tamales in all of Mexico.

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  • Yucatán

    Land of the Mayan legacy with a cuisine unlike any other in Mexico

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    Birthplace of tequila, mariachis, birria, and many more beloved Mexican cultural traditions

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    Shares the longest border with Mexico of any of the U.S. border states and home to Tex-Mex cuisine

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  • Sonora

    Known as “Mexico’s great frontier” for its ruggedly beautiful desert landscape, cattle ranches, wheat fields, and at the heart of its cuisine is carne asada

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    A farmer’s paradise with an extraordinary cuisine that reflects the bounty of its land and coast

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    Considered the birthplace of Mexico’s independence and one of the most beautiful and historical states

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    A main culinary hub where many of Mexico’s most iconic dishes originated and the home of Cinco de Mayo

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    A hub of art and cuisine that has been largely influential on Mexico’s gastronomy and culture for centuries

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    Known as “the soul of Mexico” for its deep heritage, home to the “carnitas capital of the world,” and the world’s largest producer of avocados

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    Mexico’s independent capital city and one of Latin America’s great culinary capitals

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  • Campeche

    An ancestral home of the Maya along the Gulf of Mexico

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    Home to the quintessential border town of Tijuana and a cultural melting pot with an exciting regional cuisine in the making

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yellow rice

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Yellow Rice

Yellow Rice From the two main kinds of Yellow rice in Mexican cooking, one has a saffron base and the other an achiote…

Achiote Adobo Thanksgiving Turkey

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 11 “Turkey Day” For the marinade:6 tablespoons achiote paste…

chorizo apple and corn bread stuffing

TV Show Oct 25

Chorizo, Apple and Corn Bread Stuffing

Chorizo, Apple and Cornbread Stuffing Chorizo, Apple and Cornbread Stuffing recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 11 “Turkey Day”…

sweet potato puree

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree

Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree Sweet Potato and Pecan Puree recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 11 “Turkey Day”…

spicy brussel sprouts with pork belly and habanero

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Spicy Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly and Habanero

Spicy Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly and Habanero Spicy Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly and Habanero recipe from Pati's Mexican…

Tikin Xic or Achiote Rubbed Fish recipe

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Tikin Xic

Achiote Rubbed Fish Achiote Rubbed Fish recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 9 “Isla Mujeres Inspired” 6 red snapper,…

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Queso Cotija dressing recipe

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Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing recipe from Pati's Mexican…

Hard Waffer Rolls or Marquesitas recipe

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Marquesitas

Hard Waffer Rolls Hard Waffer Rolls recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 9 “Isla Mujeres Inspired” For the batter:4…

lima soup or sopa de lima

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Lima Soup

Lima Soup Lima Soup recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 8  “Valladolid: A Day to Explore” For the broth:5…

lomitos de valladolid

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Lomitos de Valladolid

Tomato and Onion Pork Loins Tomato and Onion Pork Loins recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 8  “Valladolid: A…

Tropical Mint Pineapple Lime Smoothie

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Tropical Mint Pineapple Lime Smoothie

Tropical Mint Pineapple Lime Smoothie Tropical Mint Pineapple Lime Smoothie recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 8 "Valladolid:…

charred red onion salsa recipe

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Charred Red Onion Salsa

Charred Red Onion Salsa Charred Red Onion Salsa recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 7 “Izamal: Gold & God”…

yucatecan grilled pork or pok chuk recipe

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Pok Chuc

Yucatecan Grilled Pork Yucatecan Grilled Pork recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 7 “Izamal: Gold & God” 4 cups…

yucatecan style lasagna recipe

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Yucatecan Style Lasagna

Yucatecan Style Lasagna Yucatecan Style Lasagna recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 7 “Izamal: Gold & God” 1/4 cup…

pepita brittle recipe

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Pepita Brittle

Pepita Brittle Pepita Brittle recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 7 “Izamal: Gold & God” 2 cups raw hulled…

Avocado Crema

TV Show Sep 30

Avocado Crema

Avocado Crema Avocado Crema recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 6 "Ancient Yucatán with my Boys" 2 ripe…

Pickled Red Onions A La Yucateca

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Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca

Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 6…

Fast Track Chicken Pibil Sandwich

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Fast Track Chicken Pibil Sandwich

Fast Track Chicken Pibil Sandwich Fast Track Chicken Pibil Sandwich recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 6 “Ancient Yucatán…

carrot and sweet potato oven fries

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Carrot and Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Carrot and Sweet Potato Oven Fries Carrot and Sweet Potato Oven Fries recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 6…

radish pico

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Radish Pico

Radish Pico Radish Pico  recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 4 "Sunday Family Food" 10 to 12 radishes…

pork tenderloin enchiladas

TV Show Sep 14

Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas

Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas with Mole Verde Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas with Mole Verde recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 4…

white beans with roasted cherry tomatoes

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White Beans with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

White Beans with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes White Beans with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 4…

chayote apple jicama salad

TV Show Aug 26

Chayote, Apple and Jícama Salad with Avocado and Pepita Dressing

Chayote, Apple and Jícama Salad Chayote, Apple and Jícama Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 3 “Celestún: Coastal…

banana leaf wrapped whole fish

Recipes

Banana Leaf Wrapped Whole Fish

Banana Leaf Wrapped Whole Fish Banana Leaf Wrapped Whole Fish recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 3 “Celestún: Coastal…

everything but the kitchen sink seafood rice stew

TV Show Aug 24

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Rice

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Rice Everything But The Kitchen Sink Rice recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 3…

broth or caldo

TV Show Aug 24

Seafood Broth

Seafood Broth Seafood Broth recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 3 “Celestún: Coastal Cooking” 1 to 2 pounds fish…

chaya empanadas

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Chaya Empanadas

Chaya Empanadas Chaya Empanadas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 2 “Mérida: Exploring with the Locals” 2 cups fresh…

pork and beans

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Pork and Beans

Pork and Beans Pork and Beans recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 2 “Mérida: Exploring with the Locals” 2…

basic yucatecan tomato sauce

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Basic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce

Basic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce Basic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 2 “Mérida: Exploring with the…

mango pound cake

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Mango Pound Cake

Mango Pound Cake Mango Pound Cake recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 2 “Mérida: Exploring with the Locals” 1/2…

yucatan style french toast

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Yucatán Style French Toast: Ultra Decadent

It’s ironic. The farthest away from Mexico I’ve been, the closest I’ve felt to my home country and the more…

Recipes

Do You Dare? Habanero Salsa!

This salsa does hurt. But just a little. Yet it goes oh-so-well with the Pollo Pibil, which together with red…

Recipes

Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca

As promised, and right before the year ends, here is a recipe for pickled red onions or cebollas encurtidas or…

Blog Dec 25

Bitter Orange

The bitter orange or naranja agria is a citrus fruit that has a peculiar bitter flavor and a very high…

Chicken Pibil main

Blog Dec 18

Pollo Pibil

Last December, Daniel and I went to Yucatán. I was swept off my feet by the grandiose nature and history of…

achiote seeds main

Blog Dec 18

Achiote or Annatto Seeds

Achiote or Annatto seeds is a spice that grows heavily in the Yucatán area and is unique and native to…

achiote paste main

Blog Dec 16

Achiote Paste or Recado Rojo

The achiote paste or recado rojo, is one of the main seasonings of the Yucatecan cuisine. Although it is mainly…

Blog Dec 16

Banana Leaves

Incredibly long leaves from the banana tree, the banana leaves have a beautiful deep green color and a strong fragrant…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 502: Mérida: Exploring with the Locals

Pati gets an insiders look at Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán, with help from local chefs Pedro Evia and…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 503: Celestún: Coastal Cooking

Pati's good friend chef Pedro Evia, of K'u'uk restaurant in Mérida, takes her on one of his favorite day trips…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 504: Sunday Family Food

Sunday in Mérida is a joyous weekly celebration of food, dancing, and culture. The day is incomplete without a family…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 506: Ancient Yucatán with My Boys

Pati's sons are in México, and she wants them to experience the true essence of Yucatán. They climb the ancient…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 507: Izamal: Gold & God

Pati heads to Izamal, known as the "yellow city" with its colonial buildings all glowing in gold. Pati tastes the…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 508: Valladolid: A Day to Explore

Pati's favorite way to explore a city is without a plan. Today, she's in Valladolid, a city known to most…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 509: Isla Mujeres Inspired

Known for white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres is…

Pati's Mexican Table

Episode 510: Cancún: We Meet Again

Pati explores Cancún to taste inventive dishes and experience the fusion of traditional Mexican cuisine with international flavors, like tuna…