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Guatemalan tamales — Chepitos

Chepitos are the other kind of tamalitos de frijol I have had the opportunity to try in Guatemala. The difference between tayuyos …

Guatemalan tamales — Tayuyos

There are two kinds of tamalitos de frijol that I have encountered in Guatemala: Tayuyos and Chepitos. Today I bring you tayuyos …

Guatemalan Vegan Tamales?

What is the world is coming to? What is this vegan tamales thing? Oh come on, if you take the meat and …

PHOTO STOCK: New Year's Eve Guatemalan Dinner: Lomo Relleno

New Year’s Eve Guatemalan Dinner: Lomo Relleno

n Guatemala the New Year’s Eve dinner can vary a lot, from the typical tamales, to baked turkey, baked hen, pepián or one of the favorites of the night: lomo relleno, stuffed top loin. The stuffing can include black chorizo, red chorizo, white longaniza, ham, ground meat, olives, hard-boiled eggs, to named the most popular stuffings.

Typical Guatemalan Diner’s Food

Most Guatemalan comedores (diners) serve either typical Guatemalan food or simply diner’s food as shown here. Often, both kinds of food are …

Guatemalan Tamalitos de Frijol

These are tamalitos de frijol, which basically are small tamales, thus tamalITOS, with black beans mixed in before cooking and wrapped with …

The Giant Guatemalan Tamal

The gigantic tamal from oriente (Eastern Guatemala) is the equivalent of 4 to 6 typical tamales or about a dozen Mexican typical …

Guatemalan Christmas Breakfast

Here’s a typical Guatemalan breakfast for Christmas, which is normally a quite day except for the fireworks and firecrackers which begin at …

Guatemalan Christmas Food

Among the most popular foods found for dinner in Christmas Eve and during Christmas are tamales colorados (red tamales), tamales negros (black …

Guatemalan Weekend Tamal Breakfast

Here’s what a typical Sunday morning Guatemalan breakfast may look like. I say Sunday morning breakfast because normally one can only find …

Guatemalan Cuisine: Tacos

Tacos is yet another word shared by the Guatemalan and Mexican gastronomy. If you’re accustomed to Mexican dishes, you have to be …

Traditional Guatemalan Christmas Food: Fried Plantains

But like in anything else in life, something good emerged from such a tragic history. Fried plantains, rellenitos (fried plantain mass filled with black beans), atol de platano (plantain-based hot and thick drink) and even the wrappings of traditional Guatemalan tamal came from the banana trees. Man, I could on and on talking about bananas recipes and dishes in Guatemala like Bubba did in Forest Gump about shrimp.

Guatemalan Fair: The Pine-needle Processional Carpets

The making of these processional carpets is such a community-forming and bonding activity since in the process participate many, if not all, of the neighbors and family members. These traditions, festive calendar dates and special celebrations mark very strongly what makes a normal human being into a hard-core Guatemalan. You break the link or access to these experiences and you only have a person that was born in Guatemala; a fact as worthless as the fact of having had a pair of boots once.