Guatemalan Cuisine

In Guatemala you will find both Spanish and Mayan influences, a unique fusion that brings together all the Central/South American taste.

Three of the main guatemalan dishes:

The backbone of most Guatemalan cuisine — corn, beans, rice, pork, beef, chicken, cheese and tortillas.

Chiles Rellenos: Meat-stuffed chile peppers stuffed with rice, cheese, and vegetables. They are served with tortilla – traditional Guatemalan Chile Relleno is different from Mexican because it is smothered in tomato sauce.

Chicken Pepian: Chicken in spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce. This is the national dish of Guatemala.


so it might not be the best picture of this dish, but it was sooo yummy and warm, with a different spice to eat spoonful.

Kak’ik: Another staple is kakik, a traditional Mayan turkey soup, with spices like mint, coriander, achiote, and chile peppers. A must-try.

Snacks & Sides in Guatemala:

Guacamole: Usually mashed avocado, mixed with limon or lime, diced tomato, garlic and onion. It’s served with fried tortillas or chips.

Frijoles Volteados: The Guatemalan version of refried beans. They use local black beans mushed together in a black paste.

Spiced mango: Sliced green mango, seasoned with chili and lime. Sold from the street carts.

Tortillas: Thin, flat corn cakes, a staple in Guatemala food. Love cheap eats?!  They’re about 10cents on the street. Odd: Blue colored tortillas are a thing here. They look suspicious, but trust me, you’ll love the taste.

Tamalitos: WOW. A dream. These are made from cooked corn dough wrapped in green maize leaves, filled with beans mixed in with the dough.

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Nachos? Yes: The best nachos I’ve ever had have been in Guatemala. They include all sorts of tasty toppings like cheese, refried beans, meat, cream, avocado and peppers, and almost always include fresh hot chips. Delicious!

Elotes: Roast ears of corn with cheese, lime, chili and butter or mayonnaise. Also quick street eats

Types include: Asado – Barbeque; Cocido – Boiled

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Guatemala Desserts:

Tres Leches Cake (Pasel de Tres Leches): This is a cold kind of dessert, a cake soaked in three kinds of milk, including evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and cream.

Flan: A wobbly, golden-colored caramel custard with some more liquid caramel on top.

Coffee: We all think Costa Rica, gets all the fame for coffee, but did you know that Guatemalans make ‘the’ meanest coffee?! Head over De La Gente, (through Trek Guatemala) its a nearby coffee plantation near Antigua. A portion of your trip price goes straight to the farmer/co-op because during this tour you get to have lunch with a family on the farm before heading back.

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Breakfast – So Huevos Rancho style breakfast is my favorite thing in the world. Many breakfasts in Guatemala take advantage of the country’s abundant tropical fruits, like bananas, melon, papaya, mangoes, and avocado. Breakfast is full of simple ingredients that are fresh. A traditional Guatemalan breakfast looks like the following, Black Beans (usually mashed), Fried Plantains, fresh cheese, homemade tortillas, and a type of meat, such as sausage, or chorizo.

Wanna try for yourself/ Next post is on Best Restaurants in Antigua – Stay Tuned!

Most photos provided by local trekking company, TrekGuatemala – they focus on giving indigenous peoples of Guatemala jobs within their small villages through tourism, as well as other sustainable tourism practices integrated into their company culture.

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