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Street Food In Guatemala: A Family-Friendly Guide (Photos)

Street Food in Guatemala

Visiting the Kite Festival in Sumpango on Day of the Dead, November 1, in Guatemala is a super rare treat. It is also a supreme time to get a glimpse into the world of Guatemalan street food vendors. But the most surprising part – how incredibly cheap and tasty it is.

However, the one dish that is only served on Day of the Dead – Fiambre – isn’t served here. This, you have to go to restaurants or be invited for homemade Fiambre. You can find in this country some of the best street food in the world, it’s really diverse and delicious. But like in most Latin American countries you should be aware of food poisoning and avoid it.

 Guatemala Street Food – Any way you like it!

Corn – the staple food of Guatemala

Corn Street food Vendor From Guatemala

And the equally important staple of Guatemalans – Tortillas – made of corn flour

Guatemalan street food vendors making tortillas
Guatemalan street food vendors making tortillas

Cotton Candy – to me this usually brings memories of circuses. But my kids were begging for it and for 50 cents a bag, how can I say no.

Cotton Candy sold by a street food vendor in guatemala

Corbatas – which literally means tie (as in a tie for a man). They are sweet fried dough. But honestly, taste as boring as this guy is bored.

Corbata street food seller

Typical Guatemalan Street food – in typical Guatemalan style. A little bit dirty.

Guatemalan street vendors

A closer look at what is being sold from the ground up.

Guatemalan fruits sell by street vendors

Ice Cream galore. There were over 20 of these guys. This was before the major rush, they were preparing themselves.

ice scream vendors in guatemala

Roasted pig – this is actually not too common. And if it is, I haven’t been invited to these gatherings and am quite proud of it! Maybe if I was living in Argentina or Uruguay, but in Guatemala, this just seems a bit excessive.

roasted pig guatemala street vendor food

Tacos, tacos, tacos. This is a fun food to eat and is the typical fair food as we have fried dough in the States. Literally, you can find this in every corner of Guatemala. It’s one of the most famous street food in Guatemala.

tacos street vendor in guatemala

More corn

grilled corn street vendor in guatemala

And meat. What is anything without Carne, chorizo, longanizas and more meat.

grilled meat, chorizo and longaniza guatemalan street vendor

Traditional Guatemalan Soup. And how do you like the plastic cooking with the pot?

guatemalan soup from a street vendor

Pop Corn – the international kid friend favorite and almost always a safe call.

pop corn from a street food vendor in guatemala

Tortillas – of course

cooking tortillas in guatemala by a local street food vendor

Chicharrones – pork grinds as we know it. I actually have never seen the process of this fatty, fat dish.

Step one – get the pork skins and throw them into tons of grease.

chicharron making step 1 by guatemalan street food vendors

Step 2 – cook them until they become small pieces, cooking in their own pork fat.

chicharron making step 2

Step 3 – friend pork grinds.

And surprisingly they are quite tasty. If you like bacon, chances are you will get hooked on this dish as well.  

step 3 finished chicharron and sold by a guatemalan street food vendor

Fresh Fruit – this was my chosen food of the day. And for 60 cents a cup, I splurged and splurged!

fresh fruit sold by a street vendor in guatemala

Let’s just say there is never a shortage of food at any of Guatemala’s festivities. And they are so fun to try and taste. And for most dishes that don’t cost more than $3, it’s worth giving most a taste.

Traditional Guatemala Food and Street Vendors


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