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Making Tortillas in Guatemala

Have you ever heard the term, “staple food?” While It may be difficult for us to understand the term in the United States, if you’ve experienced life in another culture you’d understand. A staple is a food product that is used daily in most homes like the tortilla in Mexico and Central America.

While visiting rural areas of Mexico, or Guatemala, it is possible to hear people making fresh tortillas each day. In many homes you can hear a slapping sound through windows as the townspeople pat, pat, pat the tortillas by hand, then lay them in a brick or stone oven to bake, or place them on a griddle. Soon the sound becomes music to your ears as you realize, it is indeed part of the culture. 

Tortillas make up a huge part of the diet of many folks in Guatemala because the ingredients are inexpensive and relatively easy to prepare. I put together a little video of my neighbor making tortillas for her family. Check it out! (It’s an old video, but you get the idea)

What is a Quesadilla? A quesadilla is traditionally made from round, unleavened quick bread called tortillas, which are made from corn or flour. It is then filled with cheese and grilled.

In four easy steps, you can make a tasty quesadilla anyone would enjoy. 

  1. Preheat seasoned griddle until very hot (400 degrees F.)
  2. Place a tortilla on the griddle.
  3. Cover the tortilla with cheese, sauce, and or meat, and then place another tortilla on top, like a sandwich.  
  4. Cook the quesadilla for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip it and do the same on the other side until it is nice and brown.

I really miss my friends from Guatemala, so if you’re even in San Juan la Laguna, let me know and I’ll introduce you to them.