10 Traditional Food In Belize

traditional food in belize
Richard Dean
Richard Dean 
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Presenting Belize, a country rich in historical Maya sites, culture, and food. Traditional food in Belize which originated many years ago can still be tasted today, which makes Belize cuisine quite interesting and intriguing. Their food tells many stories that manifest the country’s rich history and multicultural population. The dishes are a festival of tastes, which are the combination of a variety of races, from the early Mayan civilization to British to African to Spanish to Mennonite settlers, and many more cultures - all present to today’s unique, special, and delicate Belize cuisine. If you want to learn more about Belize, why not check out this article to discover traditional food in Belize!

1. Fry Jack

To start your wonderful adventure in Belize, fry jack is the order of the day. This is a traditional fried bread, which is the combination of simple ingredients, from salt to water to vegetable oil and baking powder. Making this, it can bring out one’s artistic side by designing the dough in a triangle, square, or a heart - whatever you want. This versatile meal is best paired up with meat, cheese, jams, and beans or anything. This is a must try traditional Belize cuisine. It’s better to grab one while having a wonderful exploration in town.

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2. Ceviche (Marinaded Raw Fish Or Seafood)

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Another Traditional food in Belize that will hook you is Ceviche. This meal is a popular beach snack with a good combination of beer, and it’s perfect for your summer escapade here. This is an appetizer made of a small cut of seafood marinated in lemon or lime juice; plus additional ingredients such as minced garlic, onions, and a mix of some spices. Imagine having this and a cold beer in hand during a scorching heat in the ocean - wonderful indeed!

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3. Salbutes (Deep Fried Tortilla)

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If you are looking for more Belizean taste-bud adventure, why not try Salbutes, which is made of crispy dough, tomato, cabbage, lettuce, chicken or red meats or seafood, and a mix of some peppers. It is good for overnight parties with friends and families, this interesting meal is also seen at the restaurant and fast food chains, best partnered with soda drinks or your favorite craft beers.

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4. Cochinita Pibil (Slow-Roasted Pork Dish)

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Cochinita Pibil is one of the great traditional cuisines you’ll ever find in Belize. This humble dish with Mexican influence is made with fine ingredients, from lime, orange juice, pork shoulder marinated, and the very important of all - the achiote paste (no substitute). This dish will catch your appetite and taste because, in every bite, it gets more and more delicious.

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5. Dukunu (Bread Pudding)

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Made with coconut milk and a combination of corn, this sweet tamales kind of food in Belize, can make you feel full. This dish is called Dukunu, which is actually made plain or can be filled up with veggies and meat. To complete your meal, this is best paired with stewed beef and stewed chicken. You will crave for more after you taste one.

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6. Panade (Breadcrumb coating)

Another traditional Belizean food that can satisfy your cravings is Panade, which is made of fine Belizean ingredients like smoked fish or meats, cheese, and beans with a folded corn tortilla; while the delicious sauce is a combination of onions, white vinegar, salt, and habaneros (spicy chili peppers). This simple fried snack can be eaten anywhere and any day, just don’t forget to put the coldest beer on your side - just be careful because it’s spicy, but is all worth it!

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7. Fish Serre

Belizean Fish Serre Fish: about 2 pounds of mackerel, barracuda, culibri, any firm fleshed fish, steaked or cut into...

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Out from the ocean is something you will really crave for; fish serre is one of the native dishes in Belize. This cuisine is the combination of simple ingredients, from sweet potatoes, taro, cocoa, cassava, and the star of this dish - the spicy soup made of fish. Usually, it is eaten with white rice, so if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious meal, you know what to taste for. This is also a good choice if you’re fond of fish and seafood.

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8. Garnaches (Fried Corn Tortillas)

Here is your new favorite Belizean food, which is yummy and healthy, presenting garnaches (fried corn tortillas). This dish is made of veggies and spices, from beans to habanero (spicy chili pepper) to tacos to cabbages to tomatoes and more - almost everything is here; topped with delicious sauce, and cheese, lots of lots of cheese. This snack is the best pick when you are sitting lazily on the sofa, with cold beers in hand and watching sports events with your buddies.

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9. Belizean Meat Pie

Do you want a meaty experience? Here at Belize, you must try one of their most delicious traditional foods, the Belizean Meat Pie. It is made from mouthwatering ingredients like meat, onion, thyme, tomato sauce, cumin, spices like sweet, black and green pepper. Pastry ingredients like flour, baking powder, salt, and water are also added to the unique taste of this cuisine. This is really worth making and you can share it with your loved ones.

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10. Tamales or Bollo (Seasoned Meat)

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Tamales or Bollo is another traditional food of Belize that should not be missed. It is made from seasoned meat (chicken or pork) and masa - a homemade corn dough that’s steamed in banana leaves. If you are a vegetarian, well, you can look for a store that sells tamales with filled-in veggies, as the meat can be substituted with veggies. It is easy to find one in Belize and make one if you prefer.

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Taste thousands of flavors in every Belizean dish

Amazing! It’s really interesting to know that Belizean cuisine has survived many years. Even during the time of Christ, this cuisine already existed. Up to this day, we can still taste its unique flavor. For generations to generations, still many people remember a variety of styles of cooking and special ingredients of Belizean cuisine - it’s really hard to forget when you taste one.

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