All about Guatemala food and drink, from beverages to breakfasts:
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Guatemala food and drink is primarily influenced by the country's Mayan and Spanish cultures. Nowadays, international influences are found in Guatemala food as well, such as Chinese, American, and the vegetarian movement.
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Breakfast in Guatemala:
Many meals in Guatemalan have similarities to those of Mexico, Guatemala's neighbor to the north. Guatemala food such as nachos, tamales and enchiladas are just as delicious as you'll find in your favorite Mexican restaurant – and much cheaper. Chinese food restaurants and fried chicken stands are also quite common in Guatemala cities.
Other Guatemala meals:
Chiles rellenos: Chile peppers stuffed with rice, cheese, meat and vegetables.
Chicken Pepian: Chicken in spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce.
Kak’ik: A traditional Mayan turkey soup, with spices like coriander, achiote, and chile peppers. A must-try.
Snacks & Sides in Guatemala:
Spiced mango: Sliced green mango, seasoned with chili and lime. Sold from street carts.
Tortillas: Thin, flat corn cakes, a staple in Guatemala food. As cheap as five cents on the street.
Nachos: the best nachos I've ever had have been in Guatemala. They include toppings like cheese, refried beans, avocado and peppers, and almost always include fresh hot chips. Delicious!
Elotes: Roast ears of corn with cheese, lime, chili and butter or mayonnaise.
Flan: A wobbly, golden-colored caramel custard.
Beverages in Guatemala:
Where to Eat & What You'll Pay:
International restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are common in well-trod areas. However, local eateries and street vendors are the best places to try authentic Guatemala food (and less authentic, like fried chicken and french fries). Just remember the traveler's mantra: wash it, peel it, cook it or forget it.
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