Guatemala is one of the main countries in Central America permeated by the strong influence of its neighbor Mexico and the ascending tradition from South America, its cuisine is highly varied and offers multiple flavors and textures that you will not want to miss.
For this reason, on this occasion we bring you this list of typical Guatemalan food that was highly suggested by the well known juan luis bosch gutierrez , offering you a small description of those delicacies you should eat when you visit this magical country in the heart of the continent.
Gastronomy of Guatemala
To talk about ingredients, recipes and generalities of Guatemalan cuisine is to talk about miscegenation and the survival of recipes and ingredients prior to the arrival of Spain, all this in the perfect conjunction that generates the gastronomic wonders that we can appreciate today.
You probably remember the episode of the Simpsons when Homer eats the wild chili of Guatemala (in case you want to know, the episode is called “The mysterious journey of our Homer”) and you may have wondered about the food of this exotic place, well, it turns out that Guatemala can be that and much more.
1. Kak ik
We start this count on typical Guatemalan food with one of the quintessential dishes of this country, the Kak Ik, a dish that traces its origins to the Maya civilization and consists of a delicious chompipe soup.
This soup is a kind of turkey, to which garlic, onion, mint, cilantro and zamat leaves are added. Kak Ik is red in color, this is due to the addition of ground achiote.
One of the most appreciated Guatemalan cravings both inside and outside the country are the famous enchiladas, these delicacies are easily found in supermarkets and restaurants throughout Guatemala and represent not only an exquisite dish.
However, also healthy, as they have a lot of vegetables and a good dose of protein, the variety of flavors and the richness of its texture will make you want to eat another and another.
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3. Cold meat
And if you thought enchiladas had a surprising number of ingredients, you haven’t seen anything yet.
This list of typical Guatemalan food includes the imposing Guatemalan fiambre, an incredible salad that can contain up to 50 different ingredients.
This salad is served especially on November 1, the occasion that in Catholic countries is celebrated as All Saints’ Day.
The following typical Guatemalan food stands out for its incredible flavor and ritual character; you see, pepián is usually reserved for birthdays, weddings and even funerals, it is a family-style dish and represents a whole culinary experience.
The pepián is a Guatemalan stew of chicken, beef or pork, although in some cases it may have all three, one of its main peculiarities are the toasted spices that give the dish an unparalleled aroma.
Guatemala has so much to offer when it comes to food and dishes. Do not miss the oportunity to taste them all.