Nachos are not Yucatecan and some people say they are not even Mexican. Whatever the origin, nachos have become a national Mexican dish thanks to the abundance of fresh ingredients and creative recipes developed over time.
In Yucatan the nachos you get will vary based on your locale. In downtown Merida, most restaurants offer different toppings and styles. Besides the basic ingredients of beans and melted cheese atop fresh tortilla chips, you can order bistec (beef steak), flank steak (arrachera), or even “al pastor”.
Putting the beef aside, you can’t go wrong with a plate of nachos with al pastor. Seasoned pork, cooked on a rotating spit, is sliced fresh onto nachos with grilled pineapple and a little salsa. In Mérida, there are hundreds of street stalls offering up this speciality. Besides nachos, al pastor is also popular atop Mexican-style pizzas or stuffed inside tortas.