Destination-inspired dishes

We’re all wishing we could be relaxing beachside in paradise instead of being stuck inside. The time will come where we can travel once again; but in the meantime, why not bring the tropics into your kitchen with some destination-inspired dishes? These tropical-inspired recipes will take you back to sunnier days!

Aerial view of someone making guacamole with ingredients on the table
Dream about your next vacation over guacamole

We know guacamole tastes best on the beach – but Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford’s recipe is a good substitute when you can’t make it down south! Bring a taste of Mexico to your kitchen by mixing up some of this fresh guac as an appetizer or snack.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 fresh avocados (pits removed)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Spoonful of chopped onions
  • Spoonful of chopped chili peppers (optional if you want to give your guac an extra kick)
  • Spoonful of chopped tomatoes
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cilantro

Recipe:

  • Add the fresh lime juice, chopped onions, chili peppers and salt to a bowl and mix together
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, cilantro and avocados
  • Mash everything together and season to taste
Three chicken tostadas on a table
Transport yourself to the tropics with chicken tostadas

These easy-to-make chicken tostadas will transport you to a seaside patio in Mexico! For a vegetarian option, skip the chicken and go heavier on the refried beans and avocado.

What you’ll need:

  • Fried corn tortillas (available at most major grocery stores)
  • Grilled or roasted chicken breast (optional)
  • Canned refried beans
  • 2 fresh avocados, sliced
  • Cup of your choice of grated cheese
  • Dollop of mayonnaise
  • Spoonful of chopped green onions
  • Spoonful of chopped chipotle peppers
  • Spoonful of pickled jalapenos
  • Spoonful of adobo sauce
  • Dash of Tex Mex seasoning
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced

Recipe:

  • Lay out your fried corn tortillas on a plate
  • Finely slice the chicken breast and sprinkle with your favourite Tex Mex seasoning
  • In a separate bowl, make your chipotle cream by mixing together the sugar, salt/pepper, fresh lime juice, mayonnaise, green onions, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce
  • Top your tortillas with canned refried beans (we recommend warming on the stovetop beforehand), sliced avocado, grated cheese, pickled jalapenos and your chipotle cream – then enjoy!
Margarita in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime wedge
Reminisce about the beach over margaritas

You may not be able to enjoy Royalton’s signature margaritas by the swim-up bar – but for now, you can make them from the comfort of your own home!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. tequila OR 2 oz. limeade (optional)
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur/triple sec OR 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Splash of club soda (for the mocktail)
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • Margarita salt to line the glass rim
  • Ice

Original recipe:

  • Combine the tequila, orange liqueur/triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cover and shake for about 20 seconds – strain into a salt-rimmed glass with ice and toast to new traditions

Mocktail recipe:

  • Combine the limeade, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and a club soda in a cocktail shaker
  • Fill the shaker with ice, cover and shake for about 20 seconds – strain into a salt-rimmed glass with ice and enjoy!

Get inspired for your next vacation with some of our favourite signature dishes to try in the tropics.

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