Guatemala has a rich culinary heritage influenced by Mayan and Spanish traditions. One popular traditional dish is “Pepián,” a hearty meat stew with a flavorful blend of spices. Here’s a concise recipe for Pepián:


  • 1 pound chicken or beef, cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and bell pepper. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add the chicken or beef to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, cumin, coriander, paprika, oregano, and cinnamon. Cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Pour in the chicken or beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 1 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well-developed. Stir occasionally.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the Pepián stew hot, garnished with fresh cilantro. It is commonly accompanied by rice or tortillas.

Enjoy the robust flavors of Pepián, a traditional Guatemalan stew!



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