Vegetarian Food in Guatemala: 26 Best Guatemalan Vegetarian Dishes And Vegan Food in Guatemala

Last updated on September 17th, 2021 at 07:23 pm

We will write about vegetarian food in Guatemala with the 26 best Guatemalan vegetarian dishes. You will find vegan food in Guatemala while traveling in restaurants and supermarkets. As vegetarian Guatemala people will understand easy but you will have to explain for vegan food to make sure that they understand properly.

On average a vegetarian dish in a local restaurant in Guatemala will cost around $3-4 USD. Breakfast will usually be cheaper and dinner will usually be the most expensive. A coffee can cost $2 USD, a beer $2-3 USD and for drinks like cocktails expect to pay $4-5 USD.

You will find in Guatemala a few of vegetarian choices like vegetarian sandwiches and fruits. Apart from this you can get vegetarian pizza and pasta with vegetables. Plus a lot of vegetables, tostadas, juices, licuados fruits and toasts with butter for breakfast too.

Is it possible to survive with vegetarian dishes in Guatemala? Can you survive with vegan dishes in Guatemala? It will be challenging but there are a few Guatemalan vegetarian dishes and a few options for vegan food in Guatemala. Keep reading below

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Vegetarian Food in Guatemala: Best Guatemalan Vegetarian Dishes And Vegan Food in Guatemala

BLACK BEANS, RICE AND CORN TORTILLAS

Most of Guatemalan dishes are served with black beans, rice and Corn tortillas. That’s awesome when you look for vegetarian and vegan food in Guatemala. It’s always given that they have at least one of these three sides.

1. CHAPIN BREAKFAST

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Chapin breakfast is the most popular in Guatemala and yes Chapin breakfast is a Guatemalan vegetarian dish must try. Chapin has two scrambled or fried eggs, boiled or grilled bananas, black beans and seasonal fruit. Often you also get queso fresco (fresh cheese). Chapin breakfast is usually served with beans. As with almost any Guatemalan meal, you will also be made from homemade tortillas.

2. HUEVOS DUROS Y TOMATE

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Huevos Duros y Tomate is a great choice for vegetarian breakfast in Guatemala. 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

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Huevos Rancheros is a very popular breakfast for Guatemalans. Huevos Rancheros is spicy but light for a meal. Huevos Rancheros 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.

4. VEGETARIAN KAK’IK

Kak’ik is one of the traditional dishes from Guatemala. Kak’ik Is a spicy stew with a turkey leg but you can add tofu and tempeh instead to make it vegetarian. You can also add to a vegetarian Kak’ik coriander, onions, tomatoes and chile pepeers. Kak’ik is usually served with rice.

5. Spicy Mango And Avocado

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Spicy Mango and avocado is a perfect side dish especially if you are doing a barbecue in Guatemala. There are plenty of avocados and mango when is the season. You need mango, avocado, tomatoes and onions so simple dish and delicious. The sauce can be too spicy sometimes!

6. Chili Relleno Casserole

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Chili Relleno Casserole is coming from Mexico influence but good one for the vegetarian dishes in Guatemala. You can bake the chili and refill with cheese, eggs and a few more ingredients of your choice. You can add rice and usually meat is added but not for vegetarian food in Guatemala.

7. Guatemalan Radish Salad

Guatamalan Radish Salad is one of the typical vegan dishes in Guatemala. Radish salad is simple made of radish, avocado and tomato sauce. Sometimes beef is added and it’s popular as snack in Guatemala or side dish anytime in dinner or lunch. It’s usually added some crispy pork but you can keep vegetarian without it!

8. VEGETARIAN EMPANADAS

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Vegetarian Empanadas is my favorite street food in Guatemala. You can find fried vegetarian empanadas salty with cheese, beans and potato. There are also sweet vegetarian empanadas with butter and dulce de leche so delicious too! Prices are starting from $1 USD.

9. CORN TAMALES

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Vegetarian Corn Tamales is a popular Guatemalan food and also in Latin American. Vegetarian Tamales is steam corn dough filled with cheese or vegetables. Tamales is served in a banana leaf and you can eat as snack or for breakfast. Prices are around $2 USD.

10. Tostada

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Tostada is a crispy and dry tortilla where you can top up ingredients. You will see as street food in Guatemala for vegetarians. You can top up cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and beans as a sauce both of them. Prices are around $1 USD.

11. ELOTES

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Elote is a popular street food in Guatemala. It’s served with butter, salt and cheese. But you can find in other different ways. Perfect snack for vegetarian and vegan food in Guatemala! Prices are around $1 USD.

12. GUACAMOLES

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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.

13. VEGETARIAN PIZZA

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Vegetarian Pizza is so popular in Guatemala. There are options for vegans and vegetarian. Just make sure you ask in the restaurant and they will provide the options. Basically if you choose vegan you will have to remove the cheese. But if you go for vegetarian pizza in Guatemala you will have a few options especially in Antigua. Prices can be around $6-7 USD depending on the size.

14. VEGETARIAN SANDWICH

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Vegetarian sandwich is easy to find in Guatemala City, Antigua and touristic areas. If you choose a vegan sandwich in Guatemala you will have to remove the egg. But as vegetarian sandwich you will find a few bars offering with French fries as side dish included. Prices can be around $5 USD and it can include French fries.

15. RICE WITH VEGETABLES (ARROZ GUATEMALTECO)

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Rice with vegetables you will find everywhere in Guatemala for lunch and dinner. Rice with vegetables is fried rice with vegetables and can be added salad or egg depending you choose a vegan or vegetarian option. So delicious and prices starting from $2-3 USD. It can be Arroz Guatemalteco but they add beef or chicken broth instead of you can add vegetable broth and you will have your vegetarian dish in Guatemala. Make sure you ask them!

16. GREEN SALAD

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Green Salad in Guatemala will be available in the restaurants. Just make sure that they don’t ask chicken and meat. You will find cucumber, tomato, lettuce, corn and onion mixed with oil and vinegar. Prices are around $4 USD.

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17. PLANTAINS

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Plantains in Guatemala and the whole Central America is the green long banana not really sweet and is fried in Guatemalan cuisine. Plantains is usually served as a side dish with black beans and rice. You will see plantains everywhere in Guatemala restaurants, supermarkets and as street food too.

18. PUPUSAS

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Vegetarian Pupusa as street food in Guatemala you can find everywhere. The vegetarian pupusas are corn tortillas filled with cheese, tomato sauce, beans and similar staff. Pupusas are the most popular food in Salvador but you will find in Guatemla too. Prices are around $1-2 USD.

19. HOMEMADES TORTILLAS

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Homemades Tortillas is made from corn and flour. And it’s eaten with every meal in Guatemala and Central America. Starting from Mexico you will find in every single country in local restaurants when traveling in Central America.

20. FRESH TROPICAL FRUITS

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Fresh tropical fruits as snack in Guatemala, dessert and even for breakfast. There are different fruits in Guatemala from banana, pineapple, papaya, coconut which are perfect for those warm days in the beach. Best option for sure for vegetarian food in Guatemala and you will find almost everywhere.

21. RELLENITOS

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Rellenitos are made with ripe plantains filled with beans and covered in sugar. Rellenitos are so sweet and a dessert that you can’t miss as food in Guatemala.

22. CHOCOLATE

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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”.

23. LICUADOS AND JUICES

Licuados is a drink made with the seasonal fruit mixed with water. Smoothies are made with milk instead of water. You can try plenty of them in Guatemala in restaurants and as street food. Prices are around $1-2 USD.

24. BUÑUELOS

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.

25. FLAN

Flan is gold colored caramel custard served with liquid caramel on top. Also a common dessert in a typical Guatemalan restaurant.

26. PLATANOS EN MOLE

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Platanos en Mole is a delicious Guatemalan desserts in the list. Apart from banana is served with chocolate, sesame seeds and chilis and toast.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN GUATEMALA

A total of $10-20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Guatemala. There are hotels mid- budget for $40-60 USD and you can find luxury accommodation starting from $80 USD.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT IN GUATEMALA

There are 2 season dry and wet season. Rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Guatemala is from the months of November to April because it is the months of dry season. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be rainy for a few days.

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Hope you liked our vegetarian food in Guatemala and vegan food in Guatemala. Which one are your favorite vegetarian dishes in Guatemala? And vegan dishes in Guatemala? Let us know which one is your favorite vegetarian food in Guatemala and if we missed any vegetarian dish in Guatemala in the comments below.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!