Guatemalan Cuisine: Tortillas con Carne

Guatemalan Cuisine: Tortillas con Carne

Tortillas con carne could be the Guatemalan equivalent of the Mexican taco. Tortilla con carne is basically a piece of charbroiled steak of beef, adobo marinated pork steak, chicken, chorizo (Guatemalan red sausage) or longaniza (Guatemalan white sausage), served over two or three grill-heated corn tortillas and top with chirmol (Guatemalan tomato-based salsa), guacamol (Guatemalan style avocado sauce) and cebollines (baby onions or chives). I use the term carne, meat, as umbrella term for all the different cuts that are charbroiled.

I say that tortillas con carne could be the equivalent of the taco because they are omnipresent in every little corner of Guatemala. There are tortillas con carne at every town fair and market. There is at least one booth charbroiling meats in every street food stand plazas. Chuparrascos, the weekend and holiday get-togethers, are organized around tortillas con carne. There restaurant chains based on tortillas con carne as their main menu. All Guatemalas, from the Maya to Ladinos, from the less fortunate to the wealthy, enjoy tortillas con carne.

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  • That scene brings me very good memories. The typical trip to San Lucas early on Saturday, to buy fresh produce and fruits that were not easily found in Guatemala City, some treats like chilacayote, manzanilla or quince or guava paste, tartaritas de leche, “capas” fresh cheese, and at the end, to enjoy lunch at the market: tortilla con carne and green onions, atol de elote, tostada con guacamol and maybe, elote asado con limón. The glory at its best!

  • @Erin, that’s exactly the kind of reaction or memories I am trying to bring forth with these kind of images since that I what I felt while taking them. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful cherished memories with us.

  • Using your already famous expression: Life is good!

  • Eric

    Another clever entry designed to get me to visit, I see. Rudy, I have just eaten breakfast, but here I am, looking at entries I may have missed, and I’m hungry for tortillas con carne. I can practically smell the smoke from here. And, of course, you have included another one of the lovely tortilla ladies that always make sure I leave Guate. well-fed.
    Great photo and entry. Tengo que encontrar una tortilleria…ahorita! Ja-ja-ja