1. Chiliquiles 

This is true Mexican nachos that is normally served for breakfast but has been known to turn into an all day breakfast item. Think nacho chips, green or red salsa, Oaxaca cheese all mixed together so the nachos chips soak up the salsa and combine with the cheese. Serve it on a plate, top it off with an egg or sliced chicken or red meat. Have to admit this is a great hangover killer but truly a delicious combination of all things we love about Mexican cooking!

7 favorite mexican foods Hotel Cielo Playa del Carmen

2. Tacos El Pastor

This are really specific tacos to the area and are a great snack or a good dinner. For 5 pesos a taco, really you can not go wrong. The pork is marinated in an achiote chili paste, cooked in a vertical spit and when the meat is cooked, it is shaved off the spit right onto your fresh corn tortillas. Put on your favorite salsas, some fresh sweet onion, cilantro (coriander) and eat away. Your tacos will also come with roasted pineapple, a sweet signature of this taco that cuts the chile of the achiote chiles. Spicy, only as spicy as you want them to be when you add your salsa.

tacos-al-pastor in Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya

3. Chile Renellos 

Now this chile dish has to be searched out in Playa del Carmen as not a lot of people are making it. It is a bit of a high maintenance recipe but  well worth it! Think roasted poblano peppers stuffed with a ground pork and some cheese, red salsa and many put a touch a cream on the top. The chiles are battered in egg whites and slightly fried. Spicy, dreamy and of course delicious.

Chiles renellos in Playa del Carmen Hotel Cielo

4. Pico de Gallo 

This is everyone’s favorite and differs from chef to chef. The basic ingredients of this fresh salsa are tomatoes, cilantro, onions and chiles marinated in lime juice. Some make it hot and some don’t. What we all love about Pico de Gallo is the freshness, the sweetness and the spice as a combo. There is nothing better on a hot day, Pico de Gallo, chips and cold beer or margarita.Now that is a vacation!

pico de gallo in Playa del Carmen mexico Hotel Cielo

5. Rosca de Reyes 

This fab dessert bread comes out once a year. It is like a sweet challah bread, egg bread with dried fruit and a surprise inside. It commemorates the Kings day which falls on January 6 each year. Families buy this great round bread, have a party and each person gets a piece. The person with the inserted plastic or ceramic baby that is baked in the bread is then responsible to have the fiesta in February. Yummy, and only in January. But a real treat

Rosca de Reyes in Playa del carmen at Hotel Cielo

6. Cochinta Pibil 

This traditional meat dish is made with pork or goat but it is now found in chicken as well. The meat is slowly baked in achiote chile paste, tomatoes, sour orange juice (yes sour oranges) onions and chile in a banana leaf. Historically a fire pit is made in the ground, the coals are made super hot, the wrapped meat is put in the fire pit and covered with dirt so the meat slowly cook for 24 hours over the coals. The result is the most tender meat in the world that is filled with flavor and tons of juices from the cooking. It is eaten as a breakfast item in a torta or served as a main meal with veggies. It is also served as tacos.Just think really super delicious pulled pork sandwiches.

favorite mexican dishes Playa del carmen Riviera maya

7. Tostadas 

This is the pile high taco that is hard to eat but well worth the mess. A taco shell is fried and used as the base then the mountain is created. Salsa, chicken (or seafood or beef) then lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cream and the final topping cheese! Folding can not be done and the first bite will have everything fall apart. But in a good way!

Fresh Mexican tostadas in Playa del Carmen