Typical recipe named Cultural Heritage

Typical recipe named Cultural Heritage

Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga recalled a few days ago that the government declared as Cultural Heritage of Guatemala to different and delicious dishes, purely chapines.

These dishes have more than four centuries of existence and are a fusion of ingredients originating in pre-Columbian Guatemala, mixed with Hispano-Arabic products, which the Europeans brought to the new world.

They are dishes made from broths and sauces, seasoned with spices, herbs and vegetables, accompanied by meat or chicken in the case of Jocón, turkey in the Kaq’ik, and chicken in the Pepián.

However, the kaq’ik is a food of indigenous origin and its preparation continues with the original recipe and ingredients.

These dishes were created during the XVI century in the kitchens of the families of the kingdom of Guatemala as well as in the convents, being these descendants of Spaniards and Creoles.

Here is a recipe de Cultural Heritage


The pepián was served in religious and political ceremonies such as the change of leaders.  This dish is prepared in several ways with black or red recado, you can add hen, chicken or beef ribs.



  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • cloves of garlic (2)
  • ounces of miltomato (2)
  •  sesame seeds 2 ounces of
  • 2 ounces of green pepitoria
  • 1 guaque chile
  • raisin chile
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • cinnamon stick (1)
  • 1 Liter of pure water
  • 1/2 Güisquil – 1/2 Pound of green beans
  • 1/2 Pound of medium potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Pound of beef
  • 1 pound of chicken



In a comal or skillet, brown the chiles, miltomato, tomatoes, diced onion, sesame seeds, pepitoria, garlic cloves and cinnamon stick.


Simultaneously, cook the beef and chicken in the liter of pure water. When the beef and chicken are cooked, add the potatoes, güisquil and green beans to cook as well.


After the ingredients of the first step are completely browned, they should be blended together, adding also the cilantro and a little of the broth from the cooked meats.

This liquefied mixture should be boiled for approximately 30 minutes. Finally, the meats and vegetables are added to mix them until they boil again and the broth thickens.

Pepián can be served, if possible, in clay bowls accompanied by white rice, tortillas or corn tamales.

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