Guatemalan Mayan Cuisine is a delicious blend of Mayan and Spanish influences, with a sprinkle of African and Caribbean flavors thrown in for good measure.

But to get a taste of the true Mayan Cuisine experience, there are a few dishes you simply must try:

  • Kak’ik: This flavorful turkey soup is a specialty of the Q’eqchi’ Maya people of Alta Verapaz. The turkey is simmered in a rich broth spiced with achiote, coriander, and chiles, and served with small white tamales steamed in banana leaves.
  • Pepián: Another contender for Guatemala’s national dish, pepián is a thick stew made with roasted meats (usually chicken or turkey, but sometimes beef or pork), vegetables, and a complex sauce of chiles, tomatoes, tomatillos, sesame seeds, and cilantro. It’s traditionally served with rice and tortillas.
    Guatemalan Cuisine

    Guatemalan Cuisine

  • Tamales: A staple food throughout Mesoamerica, tamales are made of corn masa dough that’s filled with various ingredients and steamed in banana leaves. In Guatemala, tamales come in a wide variety of flavors, from savory fillings like chicken, pork, and vegetables to sweet fillings like fruits and chocolate.
  • Chuchitos: These little steamed corn dumplings are filled with a savory mixture of meat, vegetables, and spices. They’re a popular street food and snack and are often served with a tomato sauce.
    Image of Chuchitos Guatemalan dish

    Guatemalan Cuisine

  • Ixtahuacan: This dish is made with corn kernels, black beans, and a variety of vegetables, all cooked together in a flavorful broth. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal that’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans.

If you’re looking for a place to try some of these delicious Mayan dishes, here are a few recommendations:


    Lake Atitlan Guatemala Cooking Classes.

    Guatemalan Mayan Cuisine

    Your unique culinary experience begins with an exploration of the bustling indigenous indoor/outdoor market to purchase locally produced meats and produce and discover the incredible diversity of ingredients in Guatemalan cuisine. As soon as you step into the market you will be tantalized by the sights and smells.

    Then off to the home of Chef Theresa where you will learn to prepare some of the most representative and delicious Guatemalan/Mayan main courses.