One of the reasons many domestic travelers visit the Huastec Region of Mexico is to enjoy the delicious ethnic dish called zacahuil.
Zacahuil translates as bocado grande, Spanish for big bite. The word derives from one of the many Maya dialects specifically the Huastec or Téenek.
When I traveled to Xilitla, one of my beloved towns in Mexico, I had the opportunity to eat this succulent dish for the first time. It is delicious to say the least; smoky in flavor and the meat in the dish provides enough protein needed to start a new day full of activities or just to start a regular workday.
The livelihood of many families in Xilitla depends upon this dish as it provides the means to generate income and support their families.
This video showcases the long process of making zacahuil, which is usually prepared by the women, just like most food preparations among villages in Mexico. Families have a special recipe, which is passed down from generation to generation and the women learn the trade of preparing zacahuil from their grandmothers, mothers, and older sisters.
The special sauce is the secret ingredient in most of these recipes. No one sauce is the same and every cook gives it its special touch, one that they will usually not share with anyone else.
The basic process of making zacahuil is showcased here, but the fire-roasted chile pepper sauce will usually have a mixture of spices depending on the taste preference.
There is healthy competition among businesses of zacahuil as many locals have already developed a taste preference to their favorite zacahuil and will loyally only buy from the same family business. As far as domestic and international tourists to the Huastec Region of Mexico they will never run out of a place that’s selling this delicious dish whether they are traveling to San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, or Hidalgo.
This is a must-try dish and one deserves a lot of attention!
Enjoy the video!