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Poc-Chuk, Signature Dish of the Yucatan

A combination of two Mayan words, Poc-Chuc translates as: poc, which means to toast, especially on hot embers, and chuc, which is charcoal.

Vegan substitutes ethnic cuisine poc-chuc

Gluten Key Recipe


Typically created with pieces of pork, Poc-Chuc is marinated in a sour orange mixture, before grilling.


We prepare a vegan version using prepared gluten.

However, you may choose meat substitutes from your local grocery. One of our favorites, Gardein Beefless Tips, works well with this recipe.

Poc-Chuc Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of gluten or other meat substitute
  • 2 cups Sour Orange Juice (or 2 cups other orange juice plus 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice)
  • 4 small bunches cilantro
  • 1 tsp each: salt, oregano, dried thyme, black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 medium purple onions, sliced very thinly
  • 8 ounces white vinegar
  • 2 T habanero pepper, roasted and finely chopped (or Jalapeno)
  • salt and pepper



Poc-Chuc Directions

  • Prepare gluten by forming into very flat, chop sized pieces.
  • Gluten should be boiled for at least one hour in a beef flavored broth.
  • Press or pound gluten to a thin size. Put into bowl.
  • In a blender or food processor, blend all marinade ingredients
  • Pour marinade over gluten, ensuring all is covered
  • Marinate at least 3 hours. Overnight is best. Drain
  • Bring water to boil in deep saucepan.
  • Add onions and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and place in stainless steel bowl.
  • Toss with vinegar, cilantro, chile, salt & pepper
  • Grill gluten chops
  • Top with Chiltomate Salsa
  • Garnish with habanero chile peppers and cilantro.
  • Serve with Mexican Yellow Rice and seasoned beans.

Makes 6 hearty portions

Seville Oranges, also known as Sour Oranges



Seville Oranges


Also known as Sour Oranges, Seville Oranges have a high level of acid, giving them a sour, yet somewhat bitter flavor. However, you may choose to substitute lemon for the orange juice in this recipe if you prefer.

Can’t find Seville Oranges

for your Poc-Chuc recipe?

You may substitute an equal amount of your regular orange juice,

then add 1/4 cup of lime or lemon juice.

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