International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Central America: Cuisine and Recipes

Maya ruins at Tikal, Guatemala

The cuisine of Central America is astounding in variety and flavor. Some of the world's favorite ingredients – corn, beans, peppers, potatoes – originated in this part of the world. And these same ingredients continue to form the basis of cooking for millions of Central Americans.

From Mexico in the north to Panama in the south, tortillas and tamales rule alongside rice and beans. Chile peppers add spice to dishes. Mealtimes are sweetened with a wide variety of tropical fruits.