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Mestizo / Mayan cuisine

29th April 2010

Belize-Mestizo-Mayan-cuisine-TamalesDishes typical of Mestizo / Mayan, a mix of Spanish and Mayan influenced cookery, include garnaches – fried corn tortilla with re-fried beans and shredded cheese, tamales made from ground corn and chicken, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed, and tamalitos (or ducunu in Creole) made from ground sweetcorn and chicken, wrapped in the leaves of corn on the cobs and steamed.  Also common are panades (or empanadas), fried corn patties with beans and either shredded fish or chicken inside, topped by a tangy onion sauce.