10 Exotic Dishes From Around Belize

Top Ten Things to Eat in Belize

Belizean culture and cuisine showcases a mixture of many regional traditions and food habits, with major influences from Mexican, Caribbean, and Mayan culinary methods. It seems the locals have adapted food and cooking techniques from many early settlers, including the cuisines of Spanish and African too. It can be hard to find a truly distinctive Belizean cuisine. However, the country surely offers a delightful culinary journey for all those who come here to enjoy some regional delicacies.

If you are looking forward to try some authentic Belizean flavors, then here are the top ten things to eat in Belize.

1. Chimole or Black Dinner

Chirmole which is also know as “Black Dinner” is a tasty black colored soup with roots in Maya and Mestizo cultures and is enjoyed throughout Belize.  (Photo by www.belizenewspost.com)


2. Sere

The Sere is a fish soup that consists of plantains, cassava, coconut milk and fry fish.

belizean sere

3. Rice and Beans

The Belizean Rice and beans is considered a creole dish and has been described as the “staple of Belize cuisine”. (Photo by www.belizenewspost.com)


4. Tamales

Belizean tamales are are a traditional Maya and Mestizo food and unlike the typical Mexican tamale, Belizean tamales are not wrapped in corn husks but are instead wrapped in plantain leaves. (Photo by Wikipedia)

belizean tamales

5. Salbutes

Belizean salbutes  are deep fried and are topped with chopped cabbage, chicken, tomato, onion, (sometimes avocado), and Marie Sharp pepper. (Photo by Trip Advisor)

belizean salbutes

6.) Panades

Belizean panades are like empanadas which are filled with either fish  or red or black beans and is served with cabbage, onion and pepper salsa. ( Photo by: http://evetravels.wordpress.com/).

panades in belize

7.) Boil Up

Boil Up is a national dish in Belize and consists of boiled vegetables, egg, fish and bread dumpling (boiled dough). Hence its name. (Photo by Wikipedia).


8. Pibil

Pibil is a traditional Belizean cuisine of Maya origin. ( Photo  by http://www.kaanabelize.com)


9. Cow Foot Soup

Cow Foot Soup is made from cowfeet that is simmered and slow cooked to render a thick soup along with black pepper, cilantro, carrots, onions, okra, and potatoes and is served with either corn tortillas or white rice and can be accompanied with onion and habanero pepper sauce. ( Photo by Trip Advisor)

cow foot soup belize

10. Tamalitos or Ducunu

Tamalitos are tasty mini tamales that are made of corn and are a traditional Mestizo food.

belizean tamalitos

For more information about these Belizean cuisines,  feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.Save


8 thoughts on “10 Exotic Dishes From Around Belize

    1. Belize food menus almost always include seafood of various types, even in the jungle resorts to the west north and south of Chabil Mar. Of course, in Placencia, which is a traditional fishing village, where we are located, it is always on the menu. We are soon going to be celebrating the opening of Lobster season in Belize. It happens on July 1, 2021. This year celebrations to enjoy the opening of Lobster Season will be happening again in Placencia Village, combined with an Arts Celebration too! Come visit us in Placencia, Belize!

  1. My Belize!! Grew up enjoying these delicious dishes!!! My Mom was the best cook!! Whenever I go back to visit I still enjoy them!!❤️❣️

  2. Always thanking God for being born in Benque Viejo, Cayó District, Belize. Beautiful memories of my youth there, my education at St. Catherine Academy, beautiful beaches, Newtown dances, oh how I cherish those memories. Oh, how can I forget the food! Pañales, rice and beans, stew chicken, salad, plaintain!!!!

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