Guatemala is a mountainous Central American country nestled between Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. While most Guatemalans are of mixed indigenous and European heritage, large numbers of chapines — as Guatemalans refer to themselves — are pure-blooded Mayan with a culture dating back centuries.
The ingredients of Guatemalan cuisine are typical for Central America — corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, plantains, tomatillos. Several dishes are uniquely Guatemalan, including jocón , pepián , and hilachas and several varieties of tamales.
Typical Guatemalan Dishes
Try these recipes from Guatemala.
(Latin sweet rice beverage)
(Central American fresh corncakes)
(Central American grilled steak)
(Central American corn beverage)
(Latin fried ripe plantains)
(Guatemalan chicken in tomatillo-cilantro sauce)
(Central American shredded beef salad)
(Guatemalan shredded beef in tomato-tomatillo sauce)
(Central American pineapple vinegar)
(Guatemalan radish salad)