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Mayan Style Recipes - New Foods to Try

Updated on August 20, 2016
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L. Cargill, B.A., Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX., has been writing cool and interesting articles for the internet world since 1995.

Cooking Meat on a Grill

How to cook Pac Chuc on the grill.
How to cook Pac Chuc on the grill. | Source

A Typical Mayan Feast

Pac-Chuc (Pronounced - Pahhk Chook)

Small pigs or tapirs were common sources of meat in the equatorial regions, but the meat spoiled very quickly due to the heat and humidity. The meat was often salted and dried to preserve it. Oranges were available for marinating the dried meat to make it more palatable, so Pac-Chuc is traditionally salted pork marinated in a sour orange sauce along with other vegetables, herbs and spices.

It can be cooked in a pot over low heat until tender, but traditionally, it is roasted over a grill. Any kind of pork has a wonderful flavor that is strong and satisfying and Pac-Chuc is especially tender and tasty.

Sour Oranges make Pac-Chuc Delicious

Sour Oranges are tart and also known as Seville Oranges
Sour Oranges are tart and also known as Seville Oranges | Source

Cook Time for Pac-Chuc

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4 to 6 Pork Steaks


  • 4 to 6 Pork Chops, thinly cut
  • 3/4 cup sour orange juice, (Seville Oranges)
  • 2 to 4 small bunches cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 white onions, for roasting


  1. Pound the pork until it is very thin. Salt and pepper the meat to taste.
  2. Marinate the meat with the sour orange juice for 20 to 30 minutes while roasting two medium onions on the grill (see below).
  3. After the onions are roasted, grill each pork chop for three or four minutes on each side until done.

Side Dishes

Cabbage or Jicama slaw makes a good accompaniment for your Mayan New Year Feast. The crunch of the cabbage with a citrus type sauce will match the tang of the pork chops.

Other side dishes to include would be a type of root vegetable - carrots, turnips or potatoes.

Typical Mayan fare in today's world includes beans, corn and tomatoes.

A good, spicy salsa should also be served. It goes well with the meat.

Soft or crispy corn tortillas will round out the feast and may be served as appetizers along with the salsa.

How to Roast an Onion on the Grill

Prepare coals in your grill just as you would for any other grilling session. Wait until the charcoals are grey and hot. Place the unpeeled onions directly on the coals and roast until the outer skin is charred. This should take about 20 minutes. Peel the onions and serve with the Pac-Chuc.

The Conch

The Caribbean conch provides a most tasty shellfish meat.
The Caribbean conch provides a most tasty shellfish meat. | Source

Another Great Mayan Dish in Cozumel

Have you even seen those large pink shells that you hold to ear? They say you can hear the ocean waves when you do this. But better still, the shellfish meat inside of this beautiful seashell makes a most tasty meal!

Conch meat is generally eaten fried. Conch fritters are popular in places like Key West, Florida and probably everywhere in the Caribbean. Conch meat can also be used in Mexican Ceviche, an uncooked 'salad' of conch meat, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers and lots of lime juice to 'cook' the meat in.

How to Make Fantastic Sea Food Ceviche!

Mayan Calendar Beginning - December 21, 2012

5 stars from 1 rating of the Mayan New Year Feast Recipes

Mayan Apocalypse? Fun Facts

According to many and persistent rumors, the world will be ending on December 21, 2012 - the so-called "Mayan Apocalypse". Truly this is one of the most misunderstood calendar events in the modern age.

The Mayan 'Long Count' calendar is ending on December 21, 2012 (the most common calculated date). A new 'Long Count' calendar starts over at December 22, 2012. It's pretty much the same thing as when our yearly calendar ends on December 31, 2012 and a new year begins on January 1, 2013.

The long count Mayan calendar will end and will begin again at* (December 21, 2012)- See my hub on the Mayan Calendar Explained. The current Mayan calendar started at on or about August 11, 3114 BC - Gregorian calendar. (Or, under the older Julian calendar, September 6, 3114 BC).

The Mayan long count calendar is read from right to left. The total number of days in the long count equals 1,872,000 days. It's a big calendar! By comparison, our normal calendar only has 365 days in it.

How to Read the Mayan Calendar Designation -*

Mayan Designation
Modern Designation
On 12/21/12
One Baktun = 144,000 days
Far left number = 13 Baktuns since the beginning of the original current long count Mayan calendar.
One Katun = 7,200 days
Roughly one year
Roughly one month
Roughly one day

About the Mayan Civilization

The Maya people lived mostly in the equatorial jungle of Central America. They advanced as far north as the Aztec capital of Tenochtítlan and as far east as the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. In the Yucatan, the Maya are still the major inhabitants of the region.

Mayan cities also exist in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize. The Maya culture is very much alive today as is their language and customs. They keep count of their calendars the same way that we keep count of ours. In fact, the Maya have three calendars to keep track of. Each day is a sacred day to the Maya with its own special name.

The Maya were, and probably still are, great mathematicians and astronomers. Their calendars prove their skills. The Maya are credited with incorporating the zero in their math. This is something the Egyptians and other early cultures were unaware of.

© 2012 Lela


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  • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

    Greensleeves Hubs 

    4 years ago from Essex, UK

    Oh that's a shame - I missed the end of the world in 2012! But to look on the bright side, I can still try the Mayan celebration feast! Should I leave sampling it until the next end of the world? (No doubt some Doomsday enthusiasts will have ignored the facts of the calendar and eagerly recalibrated and calculated a new date within the next few years).

    Nice combination of culture, cuisine and catastrophic predictions Austinstar! :-)

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I like the sound of your recipe and am going to try it very soon. Thanks for confirming the foolishness of the Doomsday predictors.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Well, Terrye, We've had this trip planned for months and months. You are welcome to join us, no invitation necessary, but if you need details - We'll be at the Barcelo Costa Cancun. We have a party of eight so far. email me if you want dates/times, package rates.

  • TToombs08 profile image

    Terrye Toombs 

    6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    I'm still waiting for my invitation to your must be in with all those tons of holiday packages the mailperson is struggling to deliver. :)

  • akirchner profile image

    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    ha ha--see what happens when you start thinking? I say let the phones do everything...what the heck?

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I think people have smart phones because they need them. They were invented for people who 'aren't that smart'!

    Now I have to go and look for a Mayan Calender app, dammmit.

  • akirchner profile image

    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    Sounds delish and love pork and citrus combos. I'm glad we don't use their calendar--I'd definitely be up a tree. I guess I could program my smart phone to do the thinking for me~ Although then I'd have to find the app that did it and as my son keeps saying...people who aren't that smart shouldn't HAVE smart phones....oy vey~

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    You are quite welcome, Om. I plan to eat some authentic Pac-Chuc while on my Mayan Apocalypse trip on 12/21/2012 :-)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    Pac-Chuc sounds like a very simple and tasty dish. I love all the ingredients used in the recipe. Maybe I'll celebrate this coming New Year like the Mayans. Thanks for this lovely hub :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I have no idea how they keep track of the names. People that use lunar calendars have a name for every lunar night, I presume they memorize them.

    The Maya have 20 months in their year. I suppose it's easy enough to memorize those names. Then they have 13 day names. If you think of a gear with 20 sprockets and a gear with 13 sprockets and mesh them together, you get the month and day names. December 21, 2012 is named 4 Ahau, 3 Kankin. Then it is further designated as to what year and what Katun (which has no modern equivalent) and then what Baktun it is.

    All this stuff is related to the three calendars. But the only thing I really know is that Pac-Chuc is my favorite Mayan dish!

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    Thanks for the Pac Chuc recipe, Lela, it does look intriguing and it's made with my favorite white meat ... pork.

    So the Mayans have a special name for each day? How do they remember them all? I have a problem with just seven.

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    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    Well a recipe to celebrate the ending of the Mayan calender. Sounds pretty good. Lots of research and interesting to read. Thanks for sharing this with Hub.


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