Guatemala and Jalapeño Rice 7 Comments

Jan 15, 2009

Is a vacation ever long enough? About ten of us traveled to Guatemala for the holidays. We enjoyed five days each in Antigua and Lake Atitlan. Antigua is an old colonial town, with cobblestone streets, and colorful homes. Lake Atitlan is two hours outside of Guatemala and is a beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes. Here is how we spent our days:

  • We spent a half-day learning the A-Z of coffee farming. We picked coffee beans, learned about the drying process and then saw how coffee is roasted and ground. Check out the photos for step-by-step pictures.
  • We spent a morning with indigenous women who create the most extraordinary hand-crafted bags using weaving methods their mothers taught them.
  • We hiked an active volcano. It was really hard going up the volcano, as there were so many loose pebbles and sharp rocks. We actually got to see lava, which was crazy. When we reached the top, we could feel the heat of the lava under our feet. Two days later the trail we came on erupted, and the lava went down the mountain. Glad we weren’t there!
  • We ate the most delicious food, ranging from the traditional breakfast of eggs, and rice to being served jalapeño rice with everything—that’s why it’s featured here—and visited great local markets.
  • We learned that a Guatemalan housewife makes up to 120 tortillas a day for her family. We each attempted to make a tortilla with mixed results (as you’ll see in the photos).
  • We spent 5 amazing days at Lake Atitlan, where we had the great pleasure of really relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the lake and the 3 volcanoes that hug its shores. We started each morning with yoga and a dip in the lake and ended each night gazing at the stars.

Best of all, we met some of the most amazing and generous people. I’d highly recommend going to Guatemala on your next holiday. The people touch you.

Here is the collection of photos from our trip on Flickr.

Guatemala and Jalapeño Rice (Image 2)
Guatemala and Jalapeño Rice (Image 3)


2 ½ cups rice
¼ pound vermicelli
½ cup butter
1 jalapeño pepper
1 carrot
½ onion
½ sweet pepper
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, or ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
2 cloves garlic
¼ -½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and cumin—taste it!




In a heavy pot, fry uncooked vermicelli in ½ cup butter until golden brown. Sprinkle with black pepper and cumin Add sliced jalapeños, onions and chopped sweet pepper When fried, mix in rice. Grate carrot and add with minced garlic and ginger into rice. Add 2 cups of water, cover and cook on low hear until down for about 45 minutes.


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Side Dish, Vegetarian Recipes and Travel

Spices Used

Cumin, Chili and Ginger

Other Ingredients Used



Your vacation sounds amazing. I never would have thought to go there but now it's on my list. :) I love your photos.

Dragon, over 5 years ago

Ursula, sounds like a fantastic vacation!
What a great way to start off the new year.
Stacey Snacks

Stacey Snacks, over 5 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I've never been been to Central or South America so the region is high on my list.

Marc @ NoRecipes, over 5 years ago

I have a few friends from Guatemala, but I've never visited. It sounds amazing, and the jalapeno rice looks delicious!

lisaiscooking, over 5 years ago

I want to go ! I just found your blog and am looking forward to reading more!

Bay Area Wedding Photographer, over 5 years ago

I have been there and now I want to go back !

macpage, over 3 years ago

I'll be making these Falafel's this weekend

laptop battery, over 3 years ago

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