Panuchos: Yucatecan creativity in the cuisine of Mexico
An invention for hungry travelers.
Whoever has visited Yucatán knows that this incredible state has one of the most delicious cuisines in México. The combination of flavors and ingredients such as achiote, chaya and corn have made their gastronomy a real treasure.
One of the capitals of Yucatecan cuisine in Mexico is Merida. This beautiful city is located in an area surrounded by cenotes, archaeological zones, Pueblos Mágicos, Haciendas, as well as having some of the most amazing museums in the country such as the Casa de Montejo or the Great Museum of the Mayan World that are just a few minutes from its historic center.
Without a doubt, Mérida not only has a great historical richness, but it has been the place chosen by thousands of travelers to discover part of the gastronomy of Mexico. This colorful city hides some of the best restaurants in the country where visitors can satisfy their appetite with typical dishes such as the Papadzules, the Stuffed Cheese or “Queso Relleno” and the famous Poc Chuc; which is a smoked and tender meat.
Among its cobbled streets you can find from the traditional marquesitas; a kind of crunchy crepe stuffed with Dutch cheese that had its origin a long time ago, even the classic tamales, salbutes and of course the panuchos, which will be the protagonists of this peculiar story.
For those who still don’t know what a panucho is, here is the explanation: A panucho is a corn tortilla that is filled with ground beans and fried. The traditional panuchos are made with roasted chicken, cabbage or lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion and habanero pepper, but nowadays you can find them in the local market with Cochinita, Relleno Negro and Lechón al Horno.
If you want to know more about these other traditional dishes read this blog: The history of this Yucatecan delight began many years ago in the neighborhood of San Sebastián in Mérida, Yucatán, very close to the Hermitage of Santa Isabel. There was a small restaurant that belonged to a man named Ursulo or Eugenio, who was better known among his friends as Don Ucho.
This small restaurant was on a road named Camino Real, an ancient communication route between Mérida and Campeche that was made of dust and stones. The last stop on this road was in front of the Hermitage of Santa Isabel, consecrated in honor of Our Lady of Good Voyage, where travelers asked for a journey without setbacks before leaving. The travelers also used this last stop in Mérida to visit Don Ucho’s restaurant to eat.
The most famous dish of the place was a bread spread with beans and hard-boiled egg that travelers knew as the “Pan de Don Ucho”, in English it means “Bread of Don Ucho”. One day, a group of travelers arrived looking for the famous bread, however there was none left. Don Ucho put all the ingredients of his bread in one tortilla and gave them to the travelers to eat it. Without knowing it, Don Ucho had created the base of one of the most representative dishes of Yucatán.
If you travel to Yucatán someday you must try them because Panuchos are part of the history of the gastronomy in this wonderful state.
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