Category Archives: Recipes

Quail Egg Salbutes Recipe

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Salbutes

This month, we are featuring different types of eggs on our special menu. One egg that we always have fun with is the quail egg. Try this dish – our traditional salbutes – with black beans and these tiny fried quail eggs. There are several steps, but once you get the hang of making the […]

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White Bean Chile Recipe

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White Bean Chile

Our specials this month all incorporate beans, and one of the highlights is Bruce’s White Bean Chile. We wanted to share the recipe with you knowing that you may want to eat this delicious soup everyday of the week. It takes a couple hours of cooking time, but is totally worth the wait. Enjoy!   […]

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Courier-Journal | Cook’s Corner featuring Chef Bruce

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Cook's Corner | Chef Bruce Ucan

Courier-Journal October 28, 2014 “Cook’s Corner” by Nancy Miller INTENSE FLAVORS The movie “Food, Inc.,” about corporate farming, had a profound influence on Bruce Ucan, chef and partner at Mayan Cafe. The movie was in stark contrast to the foods and cooking of his native Yucatan Peninsula, and particularly, how his mother cooked at home. “Everything […]

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Fall Recipes | Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup

We have been featuring this delicious pumpkin soup this October as a tribute to the pumpkin – not only a fabulous fall ingredient, but more importantly, a staple in Mayan cooking. Try this rich pumpkin soup at home and fill your house with the warm smells of autumn. INGREDIENTS 1 small pumpkin 2 roasted poblano peppers […]

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Autumn Juice Recipe

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The Juice King | January 2015 feature menu

Edible Louisville recently asked us to share one of our fall secrets with them – juices made with farmer’s market fresh vegetables with a little extra kick. We had loads of ideas for them! The following article and recipe are just one of Bruce’s many seasonal juice combos. Enjoy! EDIBLE LOUISVILLE Seasonal Sip October/November 2014 […]

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Mole with Dana McMahan

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Dana McMahan makes mole with Chef Bruce

Dana McMahan, a well-known food writer in Louisville, KY, recently traveled to Mexico. Before this trip, she had long hated peppers, thinking that bell peppers represented all peppers. Her mind was opened and her taste buds were pleased to learn that chilies are amazingly complex and really spice up a dish, literally. Returning from the trip, she […]

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Tok-sel Lima Beans Video

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Tok-sel Lima Beans

Since opening his first restaurant in 1997, Chef Bruce Ucán has had customers begging him for the recipe for his famous tok-sel lima beans. Years ago, it was printed in the Courier-Journal, Louisville’s local paper, and in 2007, it was featured on NPR’s Kitchen Window. The recipe is available on our website as well. Even with this […]

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

The inspiration for this early summer cocktail came from a trip  our general manager took to a small-batch vinegar shop in the area. Capshew Cellars is located in southern, Indiana and has a really great story. Bob Capshew, the owner, has been making small-batch vinegar and fruit wines for years, and his products are standing to become […]

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Pomegranate Gin Smash Recipe

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Pomegranate Gin Smash recipe

This Pomegranate Gin Smash cocktail is a refreshing complement to many of the flavors we serve at the Mayan Cafe. It’s the perfect cocktail for sitting on your front porch in the summer or entertaining friends in the spring. Try the recipe listed here. There are many types of gin out there, but we feel […]

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Mayan Martini recipe

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Mayan Martini

In December 2012, we celebrated (making it through!) the end of the Mayan calendar with this signature martini. Learn to make it at home and impress your friends with your cocktail-making skills! Mayan Martini 2 oz. Bombay dry gin 1 oz. Carpano Antico sweet Vermouth 1 pickled jalapeño* 1/2 oz. pickling juice (serve in rocks […]

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