We love the street food in Central America. It is very inexpensive and it always gives us a better understanding of the local culture through eating what they eat. There is always that risk with street food that you might get sick but for us, it was a risk we were willing to take.
Many things were very different in Guatemala compared to Nica. This was very exciting for us both as we were ready for new experiences. We hit the streets for some food because that’s where you get to try a lot of the real authentic local foods. First stop was a taco truck, which was one of about five.
After tacos, we set off to get a liter of Bravah to share in front of a pulperia and cool down our mouths. We grabbed a couple of beer crates, turned them upside down and sat on them to drink our ice cold beer and watch the scene of the always interesting Pana streets. 15 mins later, as the sun went down, we headed up the street to find more local street food as most of the booths were set up at night for dinner.
The next stop was Guatemala’s version of chille relleno. The chile relleno was much different than the cali-mexican dish we were used to–it was battered and deep fried and then stuffed with peppers, meat, MSG, & onions. It didn’t have any sauce on it and it was packaged like a little sandwich to go.
It was a perfect snack for the moments that we were on the run. They were delicious and we wanted to order more, but we knew that it was not the healthiest item available so we departed in search of a more healthy snack.
Luckily right around the corner was a fruit cart selling sliced mangos. Quinn loved sliced mango and we were eager to try them in Guatemala. The unique aspect of Guatemalan sliced mangos is that they can be served with nuts chile and lime. We had to try them. Surprisingly, the salty spice complimented the mangos perfectly. We recommend the odd combination to anyone looking for a unique experience in their mouth.
Right next to the fruit cart was another cart that looked like they were serving salads. After inquiring about the snack, we were informed that it was called an enchilada.
The beet salad enchilada was amazing topped with meat, cheese, beets and lettuce on top of a corn tortilla for just 6Q ($0.75). It tasted incredible and it seemed very healthy. We each had one and were very satisfied.
As night fell, we continued our food crawl. There were stands with fried chicken & fried, empanadas, ceviche, tortas, soups, BBQ chicken and various lunch meat sandwiches.
JB wanted to try the enchiladas wrapped in the corn husks on the street, so we ordered one from the nice Mayan woman who told us that she had been making them all day long. It came with guacamole, salsa and cheese on top–it was delicious. There’s nothing quite like a authentic & traditional dish handmade by a very sweet Mayan lady.
It has been so much fun trying all of the different local foods around town as there are so many kinds to choose from. Guatemala has its own culture of food and we’re enjoying as much of it as we can!