Peace Corps Recipe #7, Pinol

Left to right: Zonia Judith Garcia de Garcia, Reyna Floridalma Alvarado de Ramirez, and Laura Kutner with the finished dish

Pinol soup

Recipe by Zonia Judith Garcia de Garcia and Reyna Floridalma Alvarado de Ramirez

This soup includes toasted, ground corn, a regional variant on this dish known across Guatemala. It is commonly consumed directly from the bowl, no utensils needed.
3 chiles pasas
2 chiles guapes
2 red bell peppers
1 lb tomatoes
4 oz tomatillos
2 oz sesame seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole peppercorns
1/2 cup toasted and ground corn kernels
1 chopped chicken breast (optional)

  • Roughly slice all vegetables and grill them together on skillet.
  • Boil chicken for twenty minutes in two cups of water, or boil water without chicken for vegetarian version.
  • Puree grilled vegetables in food processor or blender, and then pour puree into boiling pot.
  • Add ground corn, salt and pepper to taste and to thicken the soup.
  • Serve! (And remember, no utensils needed.)
Pinol in traditional bowl