Strap yourself in for a magical ride through the kitchens and roadside stands of Guatemala, as I take you on a visual tour of all the (edible) things I put in my mouth on a daily basis while living here in Sololá.
Guatemalan food is economic, delicious and made up of many Latin American staples, such as rice, beans, tortillas and fried everythings.
The first few days of living in Guatemala, my diet consisted, almost entirely, of mystery- meat-filled tacos from the street carts in my neighborhood. Since then, I’ve explored the culinary space of this country a bit more and discovered a whole world of cuisine that I’ve never introduced to my tongue before.
Speaking of tongue, I tried what I think was cow tongue for the first time last week, and I will not be adding that dish to this tantalizing taste bud tour. It was the first and last time I’ll ever allow a foreign tongue that far down my throat without buying it a few drinks first.
Aside from that little menu del dia miss, here are a bunch of delectable Guatemalan dishes that you should try on your next trip.
WARNING: Do not try licking your computer screen.
The Ultimate Guide to Guatemalan Cuisine
Like many villages in Latin America, the best (and most economic) food come from the markets and street stalls across town. Sololá in particular, has a very limited number of restaurants to choose from and the supermarket doesn’t compare to the variety offered at the central market.
Okay, that’s enough, go get yourself a snack. In the meantime, here are a few more traditional Guatemalan dishes that you can hunt down on your next trip to the Mayan heartland (if there’s time).
More Guatemalan food… Tamales, Kakic, Pepian, Caldo de Res/Pollo, Tamales de Pache, Concon, Chicharrones, Chocobananos/Chocofrutas, Pupusa and Mole (my favorite dish on this planet)… all served of course, with corn tortillas!
My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!