Where's the Beef?


Before visiting Belize to determine if it was a country we could permanently relocate to, we did an awful lot of online research. One thing we kept coming across over and over was the fact that the beef in Belize was, well, awful!

This is due to the fact that cows in Belize are not raised like they are in, say, the United States. Belizean cows are grass fed only! They are not given feed or hay, and certainly not growth hormones of any kind. Therefore, they are quite skinny. When I saw my first Belizean cow, it looked downright anorexic!

So when we visited Belize for the first time, we werent shocked that beef wasnt on the menu at any of the restaurants we frequented. Most restaurants serve a lot of fish, chicken, and the tastiest pork Ive ever had.

But after a while, you start to miss a good old-fashioned hamburger, so on our way back home, we went to Belize City. Right after you cross the bridge, across the street from the water taxi, at the foot of the bridge, is a little hole in the wall restaurant. Since it was the only restaurant we could find with seating, and it was pouring rain, we decided to venture in to see what might be on the menu. To our surprise, hamburgers were on the menu.

So we decided to give it a go and see if they really were as awful as wed heard. Well, yes and no. After ten days of no beef, it did taste good to be eating some. But, alas, the burger patty itself was paper thin, and the beef just didnt taste the same as we were used to. There was more bread than anything else. But we were glad we were adventurous enough to at least try them!

So when we chose Belize as our new home, we went in knowing that we were more than likely going to have to give up beef. We ended up moving to the island of Ambergris Caye. One day we were walking down the street in town, and we saw a friend in a local restaurant called Crave, and he was eating the largest, most tasty burger Id seen in quite a while, with a giant side of fries and a Belekin beer. I couldnt believe it they have burgers on the island? no one had told me.

So the next day we went and had lunch there, and I have to say, it was one of the best burgers Ive ever had. I dont know where they get their beef. Im guessing they must import it from the States or somewhere else, although the price was quite reasonable (around $12 US), considering it is a rarity on the island.

Ive since had another delicious 3/4lb burger at the Banana Beach hotels restaurant, El Divino, for $10 US, which includes a pint of beer, and it too was scrumptious.

So, the moral of the story is if you live on the mainland, you probably wont have access to very good beef. However, Ambergris Caye is only a one hour and fifteen minute boat ride from Belize City, so if you have an overwhelming craving, you can always come here and satisfy it!

Wealthships Serial expat
Member since 30 October 2010
Placencia, Belize
2 years ago

Both Reinland Meats&init=public and Running W have excellent beef.

3 years ago

I don\'t eat a lot of beef but when I do, it is only a Filet Mignon and I get all my beef from Omaha Steaks. Believe it or not, a LOT of their beef comes from Mexico. I never buy any beef, chicken, or fish at the Super Market unless it\'s at Whole Foods Butcher counter and it\'s organic, not full of hormones!! I\'ll be on AC in April to check everything out, I sure hope I am not disappointed in the availability products and foods..

5 years ago

Hello! That's not awful beef - that's what we called in Bolivia "Muy rico!". That's how beef was when I was growing up in OK; before we started stuffing cows with corn and shooting them up with estrogen. For hamburger add extra fat when grinding.Or try chili, fricassee, or stew. In a pinch you need 2 rocks; one flat and the other fist size. Place meat on rock A, strike sharply and repeatedly with rock B. Ciao, the wandering chef

5 years ago

We just got back from Belize - second trip and this time all on the mainland. For beef-lovers, if you are in the Corozal area, you MUST go to TOny's Inn and have the burger there. They put roasted peppers and onions on the top and some kind of cheese, fries. It was one of the best burgers I've eaten anywhere. I can't remember the price but I'm sure it wasn't more than about $7 US.

5 years ago

It may sound crazy but this is the best news I've heard yet! As a proponent of natural health I've raised my own beef over the years to avoid grain fed beef filled with growth hormones and antibiotics. Grass fed beef without the aforementioned extras is highly sought after & mucho expensive here in Canada. Yes the taste is different but I've only found that the natural beef is much better tasting so likely a matter of choice but one thing for sure is that after I became accustomed to eating only grass-fed, naturally raised beef I consistently got sick every time I ate any beef bought at a supermarket or restaurant. (...and I typically prefer mine rare which you can't get in any restaurants around here.)You have definitely made my day with this article! If you can stand it, try to give the awful beef another try, your body will thank you! :)

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