Beautiful Cayes of Belize Series: Favorite Belizean Foods

Living in France, one might think that I have the very best when it comes to food and I wouldn’t crave anything else. And yes, we have amazing food here! However, to be honest, I desperately miss Belizean food with its incredibly fresh produce and spicy zing! In my little kitchen in the Alpes, I try to recreate my favorite dishes. However, this challenge is accentuated by living in a small mountain town as international ingredients aren’t available locally. But…I search- sometimes I find- and continue to practice.

What dishes do I miss??

Stewed chicken and rice- such a simple dish yet my mouth waters just thinking of it. Honestly, the chicken in Belize is just more flavorful! And slow cooked on a fogón- a wood-fired stove…yes, serious comfort food.

Spiny lobster- after ALL the lobster I had eaten while living and working there, I never thought I’d want to eat another again! But now- bring it on! Over the grill with a fresh salsa- yes, I could definitely eat more!

Conch ceviche- YUM! With fresh tortilla chips this is like a bit of heaven. Fresh and spicy and very colorful. I so miss this right now!

Tacos- the tiny little handmade tortillas with a bit of pork or chicken and seriously spicy habanero sauce. Order a dozen and they are the perfect breakfast!

Belizean salbutes- little corn dough patties fried and piled high with chicken, cabbage or sometimes coleslaw, tomato and jalapeño. Absolutely amazing!

Tamales- a slight twist on what you may know…these little gems are wrapped in plantain husks. Often, I would buy them from a gentleman who biked house to house…so wish we had that here!

Fried plantains- I didn’t realize until this week how much I missed these until I found them in a store just over an hour from my house! I returned home and cooked them up to go alongside dinner for some friends and had seriously happy guests!

And, of course, a cold Belikin goes very well with all of these dishes!

So, now that I’ve tempted you all, head to Belize and decide for yourself your favorite dishes. As for me- I’m headed south to the store tomorrow so I can attempt another Belizean feast...but really, I just need to get myself on the plane and head back to Belize!

It's unBELIZEable!

 SPICY! Red habaneros...

SPICY! Red habaneros...

 Fresh and colorful conch ceviche.

Fresh and colorful conch ceviche.

 Belizean spiny lobsters on the grill- YUM!

Belizean spiny lobsters on the grill- YUM!