In the kitchen with Vinicio: Black Pepian


We’re starting a new little blog series with Vinicio, our head chef at the Antigua site. Every so often, we will share a new Guatemalan recipe from him, so you can try and re-create it at home. Our first recipe is Black Pepian. Pepian is a very traditional Guatemalan dish, one you can make with beef or chicken, whichever you prefer.

Ingredients for Black Pepian:
*Serves four people

  • 2 lb. meat (either chicken or beef-preferably a rump cut)
  • 1 guajillo chili (found in Mexican supermarket)
  • 1 pasillo chili (found in Mexican supermarket)
  • 2 oz tomatillo
  • 2 oz sesame seeds
  • 2 oz pepitoria seeds
  • 4 tomatos
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 liter of water
  • ½ lb of flour
  • ½ chayote (found in Mexican supermarket)
  • 4 carrots
  • ½ lb. médium sized potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put meat and liter of water in a pot to cook. Before meat has finished cooking, add vegetables to cook until tender. Remove meat and vegetables, leaving broth in the pot.
  2. Separately, take a cast iron comal or griddle and toast the sesame seeds, pepitoria, cinnamon stick, chilies, the tomatillo, tomato, onion, and garlic, one by one until browned.
  3. After toasting the ingredients, place in blender with some of the broth from the pot. Blend until smooth.
  4. In a separate comal or pan, toast the flour. Once toasted, mix the flour with some broth from the pot until smooth.
  5. Pour the blended ingredients and broth into the pot with remaining broth. Thicken by pouring the flour broth into the pot and stir well.
  6. Place the handful of cilantro in the pot and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Finally, add meat and vegetable to the pot and bring to a boil so the flavors mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with rice.


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2 Responses to In the kitchen with Vinicio: Black Pepian

  1. Lori Severson June 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Thank you so much for starting this, traditional Guatemalan recipes are so hard to find!

    • Lizz Weidenbach June 25, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      Yes they are. We’re so happy Vinicio is willing to share his amazing recipes with us. You’ll have to let us know which ones you try, Lori!

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