Guatemalan Chuchitos, Tamalitos, Tamales and Paches Explained

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Guatemalan Chuchitos

Our loyal and long-time reader Jessica Flores explained the differences on Facebook. Here are my quick and dirty translations on the fly:

Chuchitos = corn dough, tomato-based sauce y meat inside, wrapped in dried maize husks. Eaten as an appetizer.

Tamalitos = single corn dough and other ingredients such as chipilin, chicharrón, etc., no sauce, wrapped in green maize leaves mosh. Eaten instead of tortillas.

Tamales = twice-cooked corn dough, meat, tomato-and-spices-based sauce wrapped in plantain leaves or mosh. Eaten as a main meal.

Paches = potato dough, sauce, chile and meat wrapped in plantain leaves or mosh. Eaten as a main meal.

Here’s the original, simple and concise explanation by Jessica Flores on AntiguaDailyPhoto on Facebook.

Chuchitos = masa de maíz, recardo y carne adentro, envuelto en tusa/hoja de elote. Eaten as an appetizer/antojito.

Tamalitos = masa de maíz (And other things such as chipilin, chicharon) no recado, envuelto en hoja de milpa o mosh. Eaten like a tortilla.

Tamales = masa de maiz, carne, recado envuleto en hoja de plátano o mosh. Eaten as a main meal.

Paches = masa de papa, recado, carne envuelto en hoja de plátano o mosh. Eaten as main meal.

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  • Eric

    Thanks for the explanation, Rudy. Of course. I will probably forget the differences, as I tend to eat everything I can find on the menu in Guatelinda…