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Guatemalan VS. Mexican Food

Neighboring countries Mexico and Guatemala share a lot of things in common – but food isn’t one of them. Chapines and Mexicanos have very different ways of making your mouth water.

Tacos Guatemaltecos

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No, no son chingaderas, they’re tacos guatemaltecos. They look a lot like a Mexican flautas, but these are filled with shredded beef and mashed potatoes and deep fried. Mmmmm ?. 

Tacos Mexicanos

Tortilla de harina, carne al pastor (carnitas, asada, pollo, fish or whatever other meat you might like), chopped onion, cilantro and drowned in salsas. Basically, what dreams are made of.

Tostadas Guatemaltecas

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Although aso served on a crispy tortilla, las tostadas Chapines get rid of the extras and focus on on the enhancing the good stuff: frijoles refritos, salsa roja, guacamole and queso seco.

Tostadas Mexicanas

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Mexican tostadas are the bomb: between the chicken, los frijoles refritos and the sour cream and a ton of veggies, they have almost as many ingredients as a commonwealth cocktail…but we’re not one to complain.

Tamales Guatemaltecos

Chapines have a smaller, Mexican-like version of tamales called tamales de chipilín. But their real winners are the paches: a bigger tamal made with either mashed potatoes or rice instead of corn and pork. What makes them tamales? The wrapping. I mean, just look at the leaf. It’s wrap alone is enough to grab anyone’s attention. 

Tamales Mexicanos

Mexican tamales are wrapped in corn husks and their dough is either 100% mashed up corn or a flour based dough known as masa. The ones made with masa are filled with endless possibilities like cheese and veggies, or chicken and mole, sometimes even sweet pineapple and raisins. Forget opening a box of chocolates, opening a tamal is where it’s at.

Ceviche Guatemalteco

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Los Chapines are big on shrimp ceviche, but what sets their recipe apart is a hint of peppermint. So fresh.

Ceviche Mexicano

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Mexican ceviche deserves way more love. This fresh dish made with fish, sometimes shrimp, fresh tomatoes, lime juice, parsley, onions and — of course — aguacate, is perfect on hot summer days. Pair it with a michelada and this’ll become your go-to.

Mole Guatemalteco


Chapines have their own version of dark mole. They pour it all over platanos for a sweet treat. It’s almost like a dessert that can pass as a dinner dish. Winning!

Mole Mexicano (Poblano)

Technically speaking you can dip anything into a good mole. In Puebla, home base of mole poblano, you eat it with either chicken, sometimes with just tortillas – or you can have both with enchiladas poblanas.

Enchiladas Guatemaltecas

Guatemalans love deep-fried food, so their version of enchiladas look a lot more like a Mexican hardshell taco (which doesn’t really exist in Mexico). It’s filled with salsa de tomate, beef, pork and get this – it’s topped with shredded beets to make for the perfect food porn picture.

Enchiladas Mexicanas

Mexican enchiladas are lightly fried tortillas, usually filled with shredded chicken and topped with salsa roja o verde, sour cream and shredded queso.

Bueñuelos Guatemaltecos

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These may look like donut holes, but ugh, these are the improved version. Chapines deep fry bits of wheat-based dough making them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, then cover them with honey and call them buñuelos. They’re the bomb.

Buñuelos Mexicanos

Mexicans make flat flour fritters, that look like tortillas, fry them and cover them in cinnamon and sugar. They’re also bomb.

Tortillas Guatemaltecas

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Guatemalan tortillas are also corn based, but much much thicker. The real treat is when you find blue ones.

Tortillas Mexicanas

One of the toughest choice a Meixcan has to make is deciding between flour or corn tortillas. What’s for sure is it’s rare to have a meal in Mexico without a tortilla. 


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Chile is chile, whether in Guatemala or in Mexico. The main difference is Mexicanos put chile on EVERYTHING – even their sweets. Chapines serve their pique on the side and let you make your own choice of spiciness.

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Which Of These 7 Types Of Amigas Are You?


Which Of These 7 Types Of Amigas Are You?

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They’re all different and all equally amazing…

La Chismosa

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This friend knows everything that’s going on with everyone and cannot WAIT to tell you about it via text, Facebook, gChat or sky writing. Note: In some friend groups, this might be literally every person.

The Young Abuela

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This type of friend was basically born old. She can’t help but want to take care of everyone around her, whether she’s sweet about it or resorts to some tough love. She’s the only one of your friends you can count on to always carry tissues, Band-aids, eye drops, and these viejita-ass candies.

La Reina del Party

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This girl can out-dance (and possibly out-drink) everyone around her, loves to shout “woo!” at high volume and doesn’t leave a party without becoming best friends with the DJ. She’s the one you invite when you just want to focus on having the time of your life, even if it means being half-dead behind your sunglasses at brunch the next morning.

The TeleThalia

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You know how Thalia often played the young, innocent girl? That’s this friend. She sees the best in everyone and is probably a big fan of those motivational quotes you see on Instagram and Pinterest. She’s the best, even though you want to shake her by the shoulders every time she says chisme “isn’t nice.” Girl, who cares?!

The Badass

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The only thing you’re scared of when you’re around this friend is having to possibly bail her out of jail. She’s tough and takes no B.S. from anyone. If you’re close enough, you know that deep down, she’s just as big a softie as anyone. Just don’t mention it or she’ll glare you to death.

The Late Bloomer

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This friend grew up believing she was awkward (and, well, was probably right about that). Suddenly,  she blossomed into a total smart, gorgeous, fun person… who is still, let’s face it, una niñita de mami y papi.

La Geeky Girl

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This girl knows EVERYTHING there is to know about every fandom she’s part of, can cosplay like a champion and is basically the coolest geek you’ll ever know. You might not totally ~get~ all her interests, but her enthusiasm and joy for the things she loves are pretty fantastic.

So. Which friend are you?

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READ: How Homegirls Got Friendship Right

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