Guatemalan Cuisine: Pacayas

Guatemalan Cuisine: Pacayas

Today’s entry marks the 1000 consecutive daily pages of La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo. And I thought I wasn’t going to last 30 days! 🙂

Pacayas, known as date palms in English, are an staple of the Guatemalan cuisine. Pacayas can be found pickled, like in the fiambre salad, charbroiled, boiled, and most often covered with egg batter (envuelta en huevo) and bathe with tomato sauce.

Boy, now that I think about it I could quite possibly do an entire series of Guatemalan foods envueltas en huevo (covered with egg batter). If I did such a series, I would begin with Guatemalan chilaquiles, which are totally different than Mexican chilaquiles.

Who would like me to do such a series on comidas envueltas en huevo?

Pacayas are also known as Tepejilote palms and Chamaedoreas. Below a text that explains how to grow them in the United States:

One of the taller Chamaedoreas, cultivated as a crop for its male inflorescences (pacaya). Pacaya is a popular and important vegetable, eaten raw or cooked, and sold in the markets. It is harvested before the inflorescence opens, at which stage it looks like an ear of corn. It is mostly harvested from plants of C. tepejilote, which has been cultivated for centuries, especially in Guatemala. (… continue reading)

If you want to skip the planting, growing and harvesting part, you can find pacayas in the U.S. under several Guatemalan brands or under the Goya brand. Below a quick recipe to prepare pacayas with tomato sauce, thanks to the Goya web site:

Pacaya En Salsa De Tomate Con Sabor Goya


1 jar Goya Pacaya cut in squares
1/2 onion diced
3 garlic cloves diced
1/4 bunch cilantro/parsley
1 green Morrón pepper cut in squares
2 tomatoes chopped
1 jalapeño pepper chopped
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. Goya Tomato Paste
2 tsp. Goya Salsita Chile de árbol
2 cups Goya Tomato Juice
2 tbs. Goya Olive Oil
Goya Adobo to taste
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a casserole, stir fry onion and garlic in oil on low heat. Mix well.
2. Add pacaya, Morrón pepper, tomato, cilantro, parsley, jalapeño pepper, bay leaves, tomato paste, Salsita, tomato juice and 2 cups of water.
3. Season with Goya Sazón Adobo, salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cover and simmer on low heat.
5. Once it is done, serve with Goya White Rice and enjoy!

Source: Goya web site

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  • Si, ¡envuélvanos en huevo! por favor. Pacayas con huevo are yummy. I was shocked the first time I saw them, I thought they were some kind of squid. Gracias por la receta!

    • @janna, you will be envuelta en huevo completely. These are some of the envuelto en huevo dishes: chilaquiles, lengua, tortillas de queso, coliflor, chiles rellenos, milanesa, etc.

  • Raidar

    I would love to see more in the food series!

  • MO

    What came first? Volcan Pacaya or pacayas?

    • @MO, of course, the egg came first!

    • @Raidar, there will be plenty of food series this year. Stay tune!

  • Lucky

    I would like this one too, but I am waiting for the currency series.

    • @Lucky, I will try to get to the pending series as soon as I can get all the photos and background information. The upcoming series are: Guatemalan Currencies, Guatemalan Monopolies and Guatemala Cuisine: Envueltos en huevo. Stay tune! 😉

  • Envueltos, yes! They are so delicious…and don’t forget about torrejas and molletes, but my favorite envuelto is without a doubt the chilaquiles. Congrats on getting to a 1000!

    • @Jennifer, Oh yes, I am going to need everybody’s help with name of comidas envueltas en huevo. I almost forgot one of my favorites: Ejotes envueltos en huevo. 😉

      Thanks for noticing and mentioning this tiny milestone. It is not easier to reach one thousand posts, but I was lucky to have all of you guys along the way! 😉

  • JerryBrown

    1000 posts! Have you missed a day during this time! Regardless, it is quite an accomplishment. Give Rudy some love, folks. Rudy, do you have an Amazon Wish List?

    • @JerryBrown, thanks a lot your congrats and mentioning the 1000-post mark. As a matter of fact, I have missed posting on the right date a few times here and there, but I have not missed a single day. All days since May 1st, 2006 are accounted for. You’re welcome to check the archives.

      Now about the Amazon Wish LIst, I am glad you mention it because I do indeed have an Amazon Wish List in case anybody wants to show their appreciation. 😉

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  • This pic made me do a triple take! Thanks for the explanation. Very interesting.

  • MaggieD

    GREAT idea – Guatemalan recipe site! I guess I’m not the only one obsessed with your food. 🙂

  • Kaboggs

    Congratulations on 1000 entries!!

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