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Rellenitos - traditional Guatemalan dessert recipe

"Rellenitos" are a traditional Guatemalan dessert, well known to all, a delicious dessert part of all in the traditional table in Guatemala. This simple but exquisite dessert can be found at any traditional Guatemalan market, national fairs and typical food restaurants in Guatemala.

Basically, this is a typical dish of crushed cooking-bananas, filled with sweetened black beans; small oval balls are formed and then fried, sprinkled with sugar. This is the most Guatemalan way to enjoy a tyoucak local dessert. It has an intense flavor that you can enjoy at any time of the day, as a dessert for a strong meal, or with a cup of coffee at mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

Like many other recipes we have shared, there are also variations to prepare the typical Guatemalan dishes, and this also applies to the "Rellenitos", some have less or more ingredients than others, but we have included the most traditional recipe that defines Guatemalan cuisine.

Follow these simple instructions to prepare this delicious dessert yourself.

Note : It is difficult to calculate how many "Rellenitos" will come out, but we calculate that these ingredients will make approximately 10 units. It is recommended to enjoy this dessert prepared the same day.


  • 4 Plantains or cooking bananas (These should be moderately mature. If they are very ripe, the banana mass would be very soft to handle, making difficult to use)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ Guatemalan Black Beans (blended with a food processor or blender machine), The beans have to have the consistency of a firm dough.
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of powder cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon bitter chocolate (powder for pastry)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • A pinch of black pepper (or cayenne pepper if you wish to add a little spicy touch)
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Pure Water


  1. Remember not to peel the plantains at this point yet. Make a cut to the skin along the cooking banana, this will make it easier to peel later. Cut the plantains in two or three parts, place them in a pot with enough water to cover them completely, add the cinnamon stick and let them boil for 15 or 20 minutes until they are soft.
    rellenitos recipe
  2. Remove the cooking bananas from the water and let them cool. The skin of the plantains will be open and ready to be removed. (NOTE: the water you used to boil the bananas can be sweetened and then serve as a cold or hot drink, it is delicious !) As soon as they are ready to use, use a fork to crush the banana. If the consistency is very smooth, then add a little flour (one spoonful at a time), or if the plantain is very thick, then add a little pure water.
    rellenitos recipe
  3. In a frying pan, heat the liquefied beans with a little water so that they have a smooth consistency to cook. As soon as they are hot, add the sugar, chocolate or cocoa, cinnamon powder and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well for 2 minutes and remove from heat. (Make sure that the result is a sufficiently firm mixture.)
    guatemalan beans rellenitos
    guatemalan beans
  4. Now, using a large spoon, divide the dough into small balls of the same size. Wet your hands so that the dough does not stick and form small pancakes round shape, place 2 teaspoons of the bean mixture in the center, then close the pancake trying to keep the beans inside. Make sure that the “rellenito" is sealed on all sides, otherwise, it will get open when frying.
    rellenitos guatemala
  5. In a large pan, place the oil to fry, when the oil is hot, place the balls of plantain; do not place them too close to each other while they are frying. After 3 or 4 minutes, turn them around to fry on both sides evenly.
  6. Place them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar and serve

rellenitos recipe

As an extra tip, you can add a little cream to serve and then sprinkle the brown sugar on top, this will give a final sweet touch.

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