Muffins recipes

National dish of Guatemala

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  • Independence: 31. 5. 1985
  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Population: 15 438 384
  • Area: 108 889 km2
  • International code: GT
  • Currency: Quetzal (GTQ)
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  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos
  • 1 large poblano pepper (about 2 1/2 to 3 ounces), seeded and cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus 1/4 cup for garnish
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium (2-inch) jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • Lime wedges
Pepian is national food (dish) of Guatemala


Preheat the broiler. Remove papery outer layer from tomatillos then rinse them in warm water to remove some of their natural stickiness. Pat dry, then cut into quarters. Toss tomatillos and poblano with 2 teaspoons of the oil, place on a baking sheet and broil until charred, about 10 minutes. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds, peppercorns, allspice, and cumin and toast until pumpkin seeds are fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. In the same saute pan, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Place tomatillos, poblano, onions and garlic, cilantro, chicken broth, jalapeno, toasted seeds and spices and salt in a blender and blend on high until totally smooth, about 30 seconds. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in skillet and cook the chicken until browned on both sides and nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Add pepian sauce to skillet, covering chicken pieces. Bring to a simmer and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve chicken topped with sauce and garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.


The cuisine of Guatemala is a melange resulting from both the Mayan and Spanish heritage of the country, with lots of corn, beans and rice served alongside meats, fish and fowl. Because of its very temperate climate, Guatemala has very fertile farmlands where crops like coffee, cocoa, sugar and tropical fruits flourish.

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