10 Must Try Dishes from Southern Mexico+ Tips

Last Updated on January 3, 2022

Who doesn’t love a bit of Mexican food? All that beef and cheese and spicy flavor, it’s enough to make you set off for Cancun right away, just remember to try these top dishes in some of south Mexico’s best restaurants. We have put together the top 10 best and must try dishes you should try while you are on Southern Mexico.


Tacos are widely known outside of Mexico, particularly in North America where they’re a favourite fast food option. Corn or wheat tortillas enclose a range of ingredients such as beef, cheese and salad. Try your tacos at a laid-back beach bar such as Blue Gecko Cantina on Boulevard Kukulcan. This tiny place does cheap but tasty tacos with a huge range of fillings.

Burritos, tacos and tortillas

Pork Tenderloin and Polenta

Pork tenderloins are the tastiest part of the pig, succulent and juicy, and lucky for you it’s widely eaten in Mexico. Matched perfectly with polenta, a cornmeal mash that goes with just about anything. Try this comforting dish in Peter’s Restaurante, the number one restaurant on TripAdvisor.

Lobster Tails

A South-American specialty, lobster tails are served in many places but are not always grilled to perfection like they are at La Habichuela Downtown, where you can try this indulgent dish while a live Mayan-themed dance show entertains you.


A staple Mexican dish, the burrito consists of a tortilla tightly wrapped around spicy beans, salsa and other ingredients. Although at first glance it may not look like much, The Surfin Burrito does the best burritos in Cancun, with specialties like steak burrito and plenty of cheap drinks to spice up your evening.

Red Snapper

Native to the Gulf of Mexico, the red snapper is an exotic fish with a firm tasty texture, perfect for grilling. Try this fantastic fish at PikNik, a rustic and traditional restaurant with great service and delicious cocktails.


Enchiladas are a lot like fajitas but baked in a warm, melted cheese sauce for a seriously indulgent treat. Enjoy this filling Mexican favorite in the pretty gardens of the famous La Habichuela Downtown, followed by a tequila or two and some live music.

Mole Oaxaqueño

This unusual dish dates back to Aztec times and consists of tomato, cocoa and spices in a savory dish that varies in each region of Mexico. Though not a common dish, you can try a Mole Oaxaqueño at the charming Mexican Restaurant Lindo Oaxaca in downtown Cancun.


Who doesn’t like fajitas? These create-your-own tortilla wraps come with a range of fillings including classic chicken or sumptuous skirt steak. Try them at the charming and traditional Piknik, near the Parque de la Palapas.

Mexican Bean Burger

Refried beans are a staple in Mexico so why not try them in a spicy burger format at El Callejon burger bar on Plaza Bonita. This pretty café is run by friendly Canadians, so you won’t have to worry about practicing your Spanish while ordering!


A quesadilla is like the Mexican equivalent of a toasted sandwich, except with tortillas! Dig into one of these at Mextreme, a lively Mexican restaurant with a spacious terrace and fantastic live local music.