Lent Food: Cheveres and Shucos Hot Dogs

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Panes con pollo, chevere hot dogs and shuco hot dogs are the sandwiches that are present at every town fair and velación, vigil. Of course, there is a big difference between a shuco and chevere hot dog as I explained before:

To the uneducated eye the Guatemalan Chevere and Shuco hotdogs are just exotic hotdogs, but to the Guatemalans these two hotdogs are very different.

For starters, the Chevere hotdog is based on the Chevere brand style of preparation which is as follows: steamed bread bun, add one or two steamed hotdog links (salchicha we call them in Guatemala), cover it with raw grated cabbage and top it with mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard, some people add Picamas green chile sauce.

On the other hand, the Guatemalan shuco hotdog comes with guacamol (avocado sauce), boiled cabbage, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, mustard, hot sauce, and one or more of the following grilled meats: chorizo (Guatemalan red sausage), longaniza (Guatemalan white sausage), salchicha (normal hot dog sausage), ham, bacon, pepperoni, german ham and sausages, chichen breast, beef steak fajitas, polish sausages, et-cetera. Well, at least they do at La Perrada, a hot dog joint in Antigua.

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  • Greensboro Daily Photo

    Shuco, para mí. ¡Qué rico!

  • Willy

    For the calorie conscious, one probably wants to stay away from the Jumbo Shuco Dog! But, it sure looks inviting! I’d have to visit the gym both before and after devouring one of those!

  • Luis


    The most noticeable difference between the two hot dogs is the type of bread or bun used to make them. The chevere style hot dog is made with the typical bun which is steamed. The shuco hot dog is made with french bread on the grill. I have tried the shucos at La Perrada and they are not even close in flavor to the shucos by the Liceo Guatemala in de Guatemala City near the place where the Shuco hot dog originated.. The original shucos were created by a gentleman that used to sell them outside the Yurrita Church hence the selling of Shucos proliferated in this area of town. My wife and I used to eat them at La Yurrita during the 70’s.

  • Erick!

    Man, I’m glad I read this post during my lunch break. And while they all sounds good, I’d have to go with the shucos.