Guatemalan gastronomy is based on traditional Mayan cuisine. Corn and corn meal are staple foods and the corn tortillas, served warm and wrapped in cloth, shouldn’t be missed. Black beans are eaten at almost every meal. Rice, eggs, and famers’ cheese are also part of daily meals. Chicken, pork, and beef are the country’s most popular meats and are normally accompanied by beans and rice. Meats are often served in stews (“caldos”) or cooked in a spicy chili sauce. Pepián, a thick meat and vegetable stew, is a common dish in the city of Antigua, and seafood is common along the coast. Other popular dishes include mosh (oatmeal) and chiles stuffed with meat and vegetables (“chiles rellenos”).
Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as yucca, carrots, plantains, beets, and cucumbers, are easy to find. Be sure to try the Guatemalan coffee, which is some of the best in the world!