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Guatemala: Recipes and Cuisine

Crowd in a Guatemalan village

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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

Guatemalan Recipes

Try these recipes from Guatemala.


Jocon Guatemalan chicken in tomatillo-cilantro sauce

(Guatemalan chicken in tomatillo-cilantro sauce)


Hilachas Guatemalan shredded beef

(Guatemalan shredded beef in tomato-tomatillo sauce)


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