Cancun Mexican Restaurants and their menus – in Hotel Zone and Downtown

Mexican culture

If you love food, you will love Cancun. It has all kinds of restaurants, but we urge you to try out the amazing Mexican restaurants in Cancun Hotel Zone as well as Downtown.

It is believed that Mexican cuisine is more than 9000 years old.

No wonder then that Mexican food is an important aspect of a memorable Cancun holiday.

Cancun Mexican Restaurants’ Menu

We are glad you decided to try out a Mexican restaurant during your Cancun holiday.

Be aware that the food of the Yucatán peninsula (the region where Cancun is located) is distinct from the rest of Mexico.

Food in this region is based on Mayan food habits with influences from the Caribbean, and European (especially French) cultures.
To help you ease into a Mexican menu, let’s learn to differentiate between the four items which figure in every Cancun Mexican restaurant’s menu.

Quesadillas, tacos, fajitas and burritos – the big four of Mexican cuisine.

Taco: Tortilla + Filling

Mexican Tacos
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They can be either soft or hard tortilla shells. They are usually 6 inches in radius. You decide what meat you want filled.

To the meat, you add lettuce, salsa, cheese, guacamole, tomatoes etc and stuff it into your mouth.

It is said that the real authentic taco only has meat, onion, and cilantro.

Quesadillas:  Tortilla + Melted cheese

Mexican Quesadilla
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A quesadilla is two tortillas with cheese melted in between. Between then is also a filling of your choice. The most common ingredients in this filling are: Chicken, beef, shrimp, onions, peppers etc.

The tortillas are heated till they are really crispy and the cheese is fully melted.

Fajitas: Grilled meat and vegetables

Mexican Fajitas
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Fajitas are normally in a frying pan.

They are usually meat, chicken or shrimp with a nice dosage of onions and peppers.

On the side, you will get a few soft tortillas.

You will also get additional ingredients.

So, using the tortillas, the fajitas and the ingredients make your own tacos.

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Burritos: Flour tortilla + Any filling

Mexican Burritos
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Burritos are what we call wraps in other parts of the World.

The wrap is made of flour and the filling can be of your choice – lots of meat and vegetables.

There is something called a wet burrito as well, where a lot of sauce is put on this flour tortilla.

You must eat a wet burrito with a knife and fork.

Here are a few more items we suggest you try from Cancun’s Mexican restaurant menus –

For Breakfast
– Chilaquiles
– Molletes
– Huevo Rancheros
– Huevos al Gusto

For Lunch
– Empanadas
– Huaraches
– Sopa de Lima

For Dinner
– Pollo Pibil
– Queso Relleno
– Pescado
– Chile Relleno
– Tamales

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Best Cancun Mexican Restaurants in Hotel Zone

There are numerous restaurants in Cancun’s Hotel Zone and a good percentage of them churn out Mexican cuisine. Check out our top five Mexican restaurants in the Hotel Zone.

1. Maki Taco

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 4.5
Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500
Phone: +52 998 848 7500

Cuisine: Mexican, Japanese, Sushi
Most talked about dishes: Sushi, Duck Tacos, and Spring rolls

2. Flamingos Seafood Kitchen

Carretera Punta Sam. km. 3.5,
Cancun 77520
Phone: +52 998 843 0505

Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Latin
Most talked about dishes: Fresh seafood, Lobster, and Mixed Grill

3. Porfirio’s Cancun

Boulevard Kukulcan 14. 2 No. 1
Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77504
Phone: +52 998 840 6040

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Contemporary
Most talked about dishes: Churros, Beef Ribs, and Tacos

4. Siete

Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 12.5
Cancun 75500
Phone: +52 998 881 7663

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Most talked about dishes: Smoothies, French Toast, Donuts

5. Chedraui Selecto

Boulevard Kukulkan 9,
Cancun 77500
Phone: +52 998 830 0866

Cuisine: Mexican, Sushi, Vegetarian-Friendly

Most talked about dishes: Sushi, Sandwiches, Tortas

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Mexican Restaurants in Cancun Downtown

Here are our top five Mexican restaurants in Cancun downtown. You can drop into these restaurants on your way out or into the Hotel Zone. Or you can make a trip out, just for dining in these downtown restaurants.

1. Du Mexique by Sonya Grimond

Avenida Bonampak 109,
Esquina Calle Pargo, Sm.3,
Cancun 77500
Phone: +52 998 884 5919

Cuisine: Mexican, French, Vegetarian-Friendly
Most talked about dishes: Escargot, Duck, and Cheese Souffle

2. Nomads Cocina & Barra

Avenida Nader #78
Downtown Cancun,
Cancun 77500
Phone: +52 998 131 6921

Cuisine: Mexican, International, Vegetarian-Friendly
Most talked about dishes: Jerk Salmon, Spicy Mango, and Salami

3. Los Caporales

Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort,
Cancun 77500
Phone: +52 877 325 1532

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Most talked about dishes: Guacamole, Los Tacos, and Meatballs

4. Vegan Planet

AV Andres Quintana Roo
Cancun 77507.
Phone: +52 998 293 2063

Cuisine: Mexican, International, Vegetarian-Friendly
Most talked about dishes: Cheesecake, Pizza, Tofu Scramble

5. Bugambilias

Carretera Federal 307 Km 340
Moon Palace, Cancun
Phone: +1 888-453-5488

Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options
Most talked about dishes: Fruit Selection, French Toast, Guacamole

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