The traditional Guatemalan Rice Quesadilla is a typical Guatemalan dessert, originally from eastern Guatemala, specifically from the department of Zacapa, but now it is available throughout the country.

This simple, but delicious traditional Guatemalan dessert, with a very soft texture on the palate and is usually accompanied by hot chocolate. If you like Guatemalan desserts, then this is one that you can add to your list of favorites. The Zacapa Quesadilla is a dessert made with rice flour, milk and cheese that accentuates its exquisite flavor. Although it is not so mentioned, this is one of the favorite desserts in Guatemala and is not lacking in every traditional bakery in the country.

The recipe is very easy and you can prepare it in just over 40 minutes.


  • 1 pound of rice flour
  • 4 ounces of all purpose flour
  • 9 ounces of brown sugar
  • 1/2 pound of butter
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 4 ounces of fresh artisan cheese (known as “queso fresco” in Guatemala)
  • 1 ounce of dry cheese (known as “queso seco” in Guatemala)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

quesadilla guatemala recipe


Step 1 : Soften the butter, it has to be soft enough, similar to cream. In case it is very cold, you can heat it slightly over low heat. Make sure not to burn it.

Step 2 : Separately, grate or shred the fresh cheese and the dry cheese as well.

Step 3 : Mix all the dry ingredients together, these are all-purpose flour, rice flour, baking powder, and cinnamon powder.

Step 4 : Mix the sugar with the softened butter and beat gently until it reaches a creamy consistency, then add the eggs one by one and the vanilla. Then add half of the flour mixture and continue beating until well mixed.

Step 5 : Then, add the rest of the ingredients little by little, evenly. These are the rest of the flour mixture, the grated cheeses and the cream. Make sure they are well mixed together.

Note: you can use milk if the cake dough becomes very thick.

Step 6 : The dough for the cake is ready, pour over the previously buttered molds. Remember that the Quesadilla is a low-rise cake, so it is better not to add a large amount of dough in each mold.

Step 7 : Add a little of the sesame seeds on the surface and bake at 180 Centigrade for approximately 30 minutes. You can always insert a knife or toothpick to check that the cake is done. If the knife comes out clean, it is already cooked.

You can also use a little icing sugar to decorate the cake on top. Enjoy this traditional Guatemalan cake any day at home!