Many visitors to Belize are pleasant surprised by the wide range of foods and drinks available with something for everyone’s palate. Belize is a true melting pot of different cultural influences, resulting in a delicious melange of dishes with British, Spanish, Chinese, American, Creole, Maya, Caribbean and Garifuna influences.
Breakfast in Belize
Start your day off in true Belizean style with organic fresh fruit, eggs, torillas and refried beans. Other popular items include Fry Jack (a type of fried dough) or Belizean Johnny Cakes served with butter and/or jelly.
Every culture in Belize has their own take on the main mid-day meal. Popular choices include barbecued chicken with rice, beans and coleslaw, fresh fish, lobster, conch, and shrimp. You can also get Mexican and Chinese food in just about any town in the country.
- Garnaches – Tortillas stuffed with cheese, cabbage, carrots, vinegar and refried beans.
- Boil ups – A Creole favorite featuring fish, plantains, pig’s tail (not a euphemism), boiled eggs and potatoes.
- Hudut/Hodot – A Garifuna favorite made with fish, coconut broth, and mashed plantains.
- Ceviche – Chopped raw conch, shrimp or fish mixed with salsa and served with tortilla chips.
- Cassava bread – Fried bread made with cassava juice or root and sometimes coconut milk.
- Rice and beans – The classic Central American staple with a Belizean twist, red beans mixed with rice and cooked with coconut milk.
Belizeans love a sweet treat after their meal. With so much coconut grown locally, coconut features in many of the most popular desserts, including coconut fudge, coconut pie, coconut cake and coconut ice cream.
The national brewer is Belikin Beer with a wide range of lagers and pilsners to choose from. Belizeans also are proud of their rum and wide selection of wines made from local ingredients like cashews, blackberries, ginger, and sorrel.
Fresh-squeezed juice is also ubiquitous in Belize, made from a wide variety of local ingredients like orange, pineapple, mango, and soursop.
One uniquely Belizean non-alcoholic drink is called a “seaweed” made from milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and seaweed to form a kind of milkshake.
One of the top-rated restaurants in Belize is located on the island of Ambergris Caye. Rico’s Restaurant serves up a mouthwatering array of Belizean and international dishes and delicious cocktails made from fresh, local ingredients.
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