Last updated on June 19th, 2020 at 11:51 pm
Guatemala is known for a beautiful country to travel through. Today we will write about food in Guatemala with the best 30 dishes from Guatemala. The food in Guatemala is not yet world famous, but one thing is for sure, it is good food!
Guatemalan breakfast is simple, consisting of an egg, tortilla and fresh fruit. Traditional Guatemalan food for lunch lunch is often something like corn, meat, beans and chicken.
On average for Guatemala food you pay around €10 euros per dish in a restaurant. If you order the dish locally you will lose around €2 to €6 and you can go even cheaper with street food in Guatemala. We already wrote our backpacking guide for Guatemala and our budget travel guide.
Are you going to travel through Guatemala and want to know the best travel route? Then read the article: Guatemala itinerary: Best Places to Visit in Guatemala for 2 to 3 Weeks.
Wondering how much budget you need for Guatemala? Read the article on Guatemala Travel Costs: How Much Budget Do You Need?
Best Food in Guatemala
In this article you can read the following 30 dishes from Guatemala featuring Guatemalan breakfast and traditional Guatemalan food for lunch and dinner.
Of course we will talk about Guatemalan desserts and Guatemalan tamales, Guatemalan drinks keep reading below the best food in Guatemala that you should try.
Black Beans, Rice and Corn Tortillas
Lots of Guatemalan dishes are served with black beans, rice and Corn tortillas. It’s always given that they have at least one of these three sides. Rice serves as a partner for many dishes like Chicken Pepian, Pollo Guisado, Estofado and many more. While black beans and Corn tortillas break the taste patterns so you won’t feel easily sated and you can eat more.
Chapin is the most famous breakfast in Guatemala . Chapin has two scrambled or fried eggs, boiled or grilled bananas, black beans and seasonal fruit. Often you also get queso fresco. It is usually served with beans. As with almost any Guatemalan meal, you will also be made from homemade tortillas.
2. Huevos Duros y Tomate
Huevos Duros y Tomate is a great choice for Guatemalan breakfast if you want a smaller dish, especially if you are an egg lover. Huevos duros are boiled eggs dipped in mild tomato sauce.
3. Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros is a very popular breakfast for Guatemalans is the Huevos Rancheros. It is relatively super spicy but light for a meal. It is served with fried eggs, tomatoes and spices, and tortillas. The mixture of the tomatoes and lots of spices are the signature part of this food.
Traditional Guatemalan Food: Lunch and Dinner
4. Chiles Rellenos
Chiles Rellenos are filled chili peppers with rice, cheese, meat and vegetables. They are served with tortilla and tomato sauce.
5. Chicken Pepian
Chicken Pepian is one of the most popular traditional Guatemalan food chicken in a spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce. You must have tried this dish as it is the national dish of Guatemala.
Ceviche is served in all parts of Latin America. The raw fish is marinated in lime for 12 hours, so it is no longer so raw. Ceviche usually spends on shrimp, lobster, lemon, cilantro, tomatoes, and plenty of seafood.
7. Pollo con crema
Pollo con crema is chicken with cream is one of the best food in Guatemala. The cream sauce is spicy. It is served with the set side dishes: beans, rice and tortillas.
Kak’ik is one of the national dishes from Guatemala. It’s a spicy stew with a turkey leg with coriander, onions, tomatoes and chile pepeers. It’s usually served with rice.
9. Jocon de Pollo
Jocon de Pollo is one of the most traditional Guatemalan food. It’s usually served for dinner chicken with green sauce with coriander, scallions, tomatoes and green jalapeno chile.
Fiambre is a traditional Guatemalan food to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Fiambre is a cold salad with meat, cheese and vegetables.
Revolcado is a popular Guatemalan stew with pig’s head and simmered with spicy tomato sauce. It’s usually served for lunch.
Tapado is one of the most delicious Guatemalan dishes. It’s a delicious seafood soup with coconut milk. It’s usually served for lunch or dinner.
Pinol is a traditional food in Guatemala. It’s a soup is roasted ground maize mixed with cocoa, cinamon, chia seeds and tortillas. It’s also popular in Nicaragua and Honduras.
More Food in Guatemala
Buñuelos are the most popular Guatemalan desserts is lightly fried dough balls that you can often buy from a street vendor. It is often served with syrup flavored with anise.
Flan is gold colored caramel custard served with liquid caramel on top. Also a common dessert in a typical Guatemalan restaurant.
16. Platanos en Mole
Platanos en Mole is a delicious Guatemalan desserts in the list. Apart from banana is served with chocolate, sesame seeds and chilis and toast.
Rellenitos are made with ripe plantains filled with beans and covered in sugar. It’s so sweet and a dessert that you can’t miss as food in Guatemala.
Snacks And Street Food in Guatemala
Especially popular in Semana Santa, Guatemalan empanadas pack a sweet flavored creamy pastry. Empanadas are one the most popular street food in Guatemala stuffed with Manjar de Leche, a vanilla cinnamon flavored cream. The cream tastes really good along with the dough of the Empanada and the sweet scented flavor of Cinnamon is really delicious.
Guatemalan Tamales are so popular in Central and Latin America. Guatemalan Tamales has almost the same salsa as Huevos Rancheros but they differ on the way how the salsa is eaten. The salsa is enclosed with the dough and covered by banana leaves. These packed banana leaves are then steamed until it changes color. It is better if the salsa has meat on it.
Elote is a popular street food in Guatemala. It’s served with butter, salt and cheese. But you can find in other different ways.
Guacamoles are probably the easiest dish on this list to prepare. It is served with tortillas because the Guacamoles serve as a dip. It is a mixture of avocadoes, tomatoes, peppers and lime juice. Good for a snack in food with Guatemala with tortillas.
Shucos is a popular street food in Guatemala. It’s a hot dog with ketchup. avocado and mahonaise. Affordable and delicious!
Guatemalan Enchiladas are different from the normal Enchiladas because they serve this dish with vegetable mixture. Guatemalan Enchiladas are very rich in flavor because of the mixture of vegetables, tomato sauce, eggs, and spices. It is also served with corn tortillas.
Again with corn tortillas stuffing but this one has cheese in it. Pupusas is very tasty because of the meat, cheese, and tomato sauce filling in it. It is commonly served on the street food in Guatemala. Pupusas are so popular in Salvador.
Licuados is a drink made with the seasonal fruit mixed with water. Smoothies are made with milk instead of water.
26. Agua de Tamarindo
Agua de Tamarindo and Agua de Jamaica are typical and popular juices in Guatemala. It’s mixed with water and sugar and you will find them as street food. I love them Guatemalan drinks are so refreshing and delicious!
27. Atol de Elote
Atol de elote is a drink is very thick, it is made from corn. As Guatemalan drinks is very popular.
Chocolate is everywhere in Guatemala mostly in Antigua. Many chocolate shops in Antigua create their own blend of chocolates. It is believed that Mayans were the discoverers of Chocolate. They call chocolates as “food of the gods”.
29. Guatemalan Coffee
The Guatemalan Coffee is famous because of its mild but balanced flavor. Also, the coffee’s flavor varies from region to region because of the growing conditions. Most coffees will taste bittersweet but others could taste like fruits. The most popular coffee to try for tourists is the Guatemalan Antiguan Coffee. It tastes heavily sweet but fully flavored.
30. Gallo Beer
The most famous in the list of Guatemalan drinks is the Gallo beer. It has become a part of Guatemalan everyday lives. It is actually my favorite among all because I really love the balanced taste. The beer has sweet aroma with malty taste on it that I can’t get enough.
Are you hungry?
After reading this article, I expect you will probably be hungry. Thanks to influences from indigenous cultures, neighboring countries, Spanish cooking methods and stews, Guatemala’s cuisine is varied and delicious!
On average you pay about €10 to eat in an average restaurant. If you go to a local tent or buy something on the street, it will cost you between €2 and €6. If you want to keep costs low, you can easily buy and prepare your own food in a supermarket.
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