Traditionally, in the Yucatan you eat frijol con puerco (pork and beans in English speaking countries and feijoada en Brasil) on Mondays and if you are in the town of Tixcocob, a half hour from Merida, you can enjoy this classic dish prepared in the pib, or underground pit oven.
Pueblo Pibil is a beautiful restaurant, with attentive and courteous service and the food is really outstanding.
Start with an appetizer of chicharrones while waiting for your pork 🙂
Also, more pork in the form of this achiote-soaked grilled rib appetizer
The happy moment the lata (tin) comes out of the pit or pib
Close up of the bubbling deliciousness or frijol con puerco
Garnishes for your frijol con puerco
Handmade corn tortillas
Usually made on Mondays because it was “easy” to prepare, frijol con puerco is a true Yucatecan classic I have come to love.
There is the colorful, aromatic array of finely chopped condiments (above), with onions, radishes, limones and plenty of exotic cilantro; these are added to your plate according to your preferences. I’m not a huge fan of onion breath myself so I don’t put more than a teaspoons worth in mine.
Another selection of condiments offered included chopped cucumber, a first for me (below) and creamy avocado which of course helps to boost the dish’s already stratospheric calorie count.
In addition to the condiments there should be a fresh roasted tomato salsa as well as fire-toasted habanero chiles ground with the juice of freshly picked limones, preferably from the obligatory backyard tree.
Once it’s all mixed and prepared as you like it, roll up a hot tortilla, grab that spoon with the other hand and dig in.
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The Casual Restaurant Critic and his Better Half once again enjoyed a fantastic Yucatecan lunch at La Tradicion on Merida’s calle 60.
The restaurant has finally been enlarged, almost doubling it’s original capacity, and this new space was also full with visitors.
Great food, good service as usual.
And don’t be alarmed if you see machine guns and armed police; it’s to protect the US consulate nearby.