Guatemalan gastronomy


Guatemalan food is primarily influenced by the country’s Mayan and Spanish cultures. Nowadays, international influences are found in Guatemala food as well, such as Chinese, American, and the vegetarian movement.

Breakfast in Guatemala:

Guatemalan breakfasts are simple, typically including an assortment of eggs, tortillas, beans and plantains. Many breakfasts in Guatemala take advantage of the country’s abundant tropical fruits, like bananas, papaya, mangoes, and avocado. And of course, no Guatemalan breakfast is complete without a mug of world-class Guatemalan coffee.

Guatemalan Meals:

Corn, beans, rice, cheese and tortillas form the backbone of most Guatemalan meals. Meat stews (caldos) and soups (sopas) are also popular dishes.Many meals in Guatemala have similarities to those of Mexico, Guatemala’s neighbor to the north. Guatemalan food such as nachos, tamales and enchiladas are just as delicious as you’ll find in your favorite Mexican restaurant – and much cheaper. Chinese food restaurants and fried chicken stands are also quite common in Guatemalan cities.
Other Guatemalan meals:
  • Chiles rellenos: Chile peppers stuffed with rice, cheese, meat and vegetables.
  • Chicken Pepian: Chicken in spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce.
  • Kak’ik: A traditional Mayan turkey soup, with spices like coriander, achiote, and chile peppers.

Snacks & Sides in Guatemala:

  • Guacamole: Mashed avocados, mixed with lemon or lime juice and diced veggies like onion, tomato and garlic. Served with chips, or as a topping to other Guatemalan foods.
  • Spiced mango: Sliced green mango, seasoned with chili and lime. Sold from street carts.
  • Tortillas: Thin, flat corn cakes, a staple in Guatemala food. As cheap as five cents on the street.
  • Nachos: the best nachos I’ve ever had have been in Guatemala. They include toppings like cheese, refried beans, avocado and peppers, and almost always include fresh hot chips.
  • Elotes: Roast ears of corn with cheese, lime, chili and butter or mayonnaise.

Guatemala Desserts:

  • Tres Leches Cake (Pastel de Tres Leches): A cake soaked in three kinds of milk, including evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and cream.
  • Flan: A wobbly, golden-colored caramel custard.

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