ANTIGÜEÑA SPANISH ACADEMY

Since 1985

Spanish School Blog


Guatemalan Cuisine - Part 1

Several traditional foods in Guatemala’s Cuisine are based on Maya heritage, corn and beans are key ingredients play an important role.


Guatemala is Central American country, it has an area of 108,890 square kilometers (42,043 square miles) approx. Because of its temperature, crops like sugar, bananas, coffee (which Guatemala is very famous for...) and cacao are a very important assets.

Guatemala is home of the Mayas, and they have a huge influence on today's Guatemalan cuisine.

Several traditional foods in Guatemala’s Cuisine are based on Maya heritage, corn and beans are key ingredients play an important role.

Guatemalan cuisine also has two different types, one is the LOCAL CUISINE, which is the cuisine we just described, but there is also the GARIFUNA CUISINE, and this is the Caribbean coast cuisine in Guatemala.

For the Local Cuisine, the most iconic dish is perhaps PEPIAN, this is meaty spicy stew with vegetables and a very thick flavor-rich sauce made of sesame seeds and other ingredients. Traditionally is accompanied with rice and tortillas of course. (Guatemalan Corn tortillas : They have a very strong taste of corn and have more consistency when compared to other tortillas you find in other parts of the world).

Other traditional and quite popular dishes in Local Cuisine are : Hilachas, Pulique, Suban-ik, Cocido de Res (cooked beef), Caldo de Pollo con Arroz (Chicken Broth with Rice), Tamales Negros and Colorados (these are traditionally eaten on weekends), Enchiladas (Do not mistake with other countries Enchiladas… Guatemalan enchilada are served on a fried tortilla, piled high with wonderful a vegetables mix, meat and egg) and Chuchitos.

Guatemalan typical dishes take lots time to prepare properly, but the end result is invaluable, not just for all the nutrition packed in, but the flavor.



Latest Posts

  • Pan De la Cruz - Easter Week Muffins Recipe Antigua Guatemala
    - Apr 15, 2019

    Delicious sweet-touch buns, typical of Lent in Antigua Guatemala. In many places, these Lenten Rolls are traditionally prepared on Good Friday. In Spanish these have different names, such as “Pan Dulce de Cuaresma (Easter Sweet Bread)”, “Bollo de Pascua (Easter Bun)”, “Easter Muffin” or the well known "Pan de La Cruz (Cross Cake)”. Although this semi-sweet bread is typical of Guatemala during Holy Week, it is also produced by many bakeries every weekend in Antigua Guatemala.

  • Cucurucho - Easter Week Tradition Antigua Guatemala
    - Apr 08, 2019

    The Cucuruchos are Catholic people who wear a purple dress called "Túnica", who participate in processions that take place during Lent and Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala. A 'Cucurucho' can be a man or a woman, although the women 'cornet' are also called Devota Loader. The activity of the Cucuruchos stands out for carrying the processions, but also for listening to and accompanying the processional marches and performing contemplative prayers of gratitude, forgiveness and patience to God.

  • Good Friday Easter Week Antigua Guatemala
    - Apr 01, 2019

    Jesus Nazareno de La Merced represents the image of the devotion of the Catholics of Antigua Guatemala. It is the most awaited procession during the Holy Week, each year makes the penitential tour every Holy Friday (Good Friday). Thousands of parishioners, from very early hours of the morning, come to observe the processional journey, this is adorned with the already well-known Holy Week carpets that are elaborated with a lot of dedication and hard work.

Go to Blog Mainpage


Archives

  • April 2019 (3)
  • March 2019 (4)
  • February 2019 (4)
  • January 2019 (5)
  • December 2018 (5)
  • November 2018 (6)
  • October 2018 (5)
  • September 2018 (5)
  • August 2018 (4)
  • July 2018 (6)

  • Tags

  • guatemala culture (41)
  • antigua guatemala (40)
  • guatemala (13)
  • learn spanish (12)
  • easter week (11)
  • recipe (7)
  • guatemala arts (5)
  • semana santa (4)
  • cuisine (4)
  • places to visit (3)
  • Spanish Online

    We are happy to announce our spanish clases online through Skype. If you are not coming to Antigua Guatemala, or wish to get started. Please let us know.

    Get in touch

    1a Calle poniente # 10 Antigua Guatemala GT 03000

    Have a question? Contact Us


    Newsletter

    Join in with us to the experience of cultural and language growth.

    Newsletter Subscription