Guatemala is a country rich in customs and traditions resulting from an interesting pre-Hispanic and Spanish mix, so the cuisine is an exquisite fusion that to a lesser extent even includes the Arab culture and that every good chapín knows how to appreciate.

Among the pre-Hispanic foods we can mention some such as corn, cocoa, tomato, chili, beans, ayote, which is very important, since its seeds are used to make pepitoria, an ingredient widely used in typical dishes.

Here we show you the bes. flavors of Guatemala chosen by the famous felipe antonio bosch gutierrez.


One of the most exquisite flavors, appreciated since 1900 BC in Mesoamerica, is chocolate (from the Nahua xocoatl, bitter water), which comes from the cacao tree.

Food of the gods, its first consumption was a drink used in marriage ceremonies or as a prize for the best warriors and was consumed in special vessels called jícaras.

Several clay sculptures of goddesses and cocoa gods from the late classic period were found on the southern coast of Guatemala.


One of the natural dyes already used in the pre-Hispanic period is achiote (from the Nahua achiotl).

To extract the colorant only the seeds are boiled or ground in a mortar. It gives foods a very appetizing reddish-orange color; for example, it is added to pulique and tamales.


There are pictorial references to tamales in the mural of the archaeological site of San Bartolo in Petén. The word derives from the Nahua word tamalli (wrapped).

The most consumed in Guatemala are the colored tamales made from nixtamalized corn dough and filled with pork, olives, capers and loroco, with a recado (thick liquid seasoning) made with tomato, guaque chili, sweet chili, sesame, pepitoria, achiote and cinnamon.

They are cooked wrapped in banana leaves and mashan leaves, which give them a special flavor, and tied with cibaque fibers.

This type of tamale is served on holidays or special days and the custom is to eat them on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tortilla de maiz

The main accompaniment to any meal is the nixtamalized corn tortilla (process of cooking corn with water and lime), a word that comes from the Nahua nextli (lime ashes) and tamalli (wrapped).

The color will depend on the corn used: they can be white, yellow or black tortillas.

It is a good source of calcium, with 23 milligrams per serving. In addition to being used to prepare various dishes, if they are burned they can even be used to make a drink called tortilla coffee.

As yo can see, you can find a great variety of food in Guatemala. Due to the great investments of cmi alimentos, this food is really good.

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