Breakfast of Champions - Desayuno Chapin

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Recipe submitted by Nicolas Toma, written by Michael Prins, photographs by Tatum Bergen.

A healthy breakfast starts your day off right, equipping you with the nutrients your body needs to conquer the day!Desayuno Chapinliterally, “Breakfast of Champions”— isa traditional Guatemalan breakfast you can make with your own kitchen staples.

You can buy fresh tortillas and queso fresco from a local store, saving your festive energy for making the Guatemalan highlights of this meal—chirmol (a fresh salsa), frijoles volteados (refried black beans), and fried bananas. But let’s be honest—mornings can be a whirlwind, especially if you have a family. If it’s “one of those mornings”, allow yourself to grab premade ingredients and enjoy this nutritious breakfast stress-free.


• Eggs, fried or scrambled
• Frijoles Volteados (refried black beans)
• Chirmol (fresh & sweet tomato salsa)
• Corn Tortillas (or bread rolls)
• Fried Bananas
(instructions on how to put everything together below)


• Queso Fresco (or white cheese)
• Sour Cream (for the frijoles)
• Papaya (or fresh fruit of your choice!)
• Strong black coffee


1. Prepare the eggs however your family likes them and plate with tortillas, refried beans and sour cream, salsa, queso fresco, and sliced bananas alongside your choice of fruit and a strong cup of coffee. You’ll be ready to conquer your day!

Are you up for a fun, culinary adventure? Then grab your apron (and your kids!) and we'll get started whipping up those homemade sides: Refried Black Beans, Fresh Salsa, and Fried Bananas!

Frijoles Volteados

(refried black beans)


• 1 lb dried black beans
• 6 green onions, diced
• 5 garlic cloves, minced
• 3 tbsp chicken bouillon powder
• 2 - 3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying


1. In a large pot, combine 10 cups water, black beans, garlic, and half the green onions. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes. Stir in chicken bouillon.

2. In a separate pan, sautee remaining green onions in oil.

3. Using a blender, combine cooked beans, sauteed green onions, and a splash of cooking water and blend into a puree. In a pan, fry bean puree in oil. Work the bean puree into a paste.


(fresh salsa)


• 6 plum tomatoes
• ½ small onion, diced
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
• A squeeze of lemon juice


1. In a pan, char sides of tomatoes on high heat until skin splits. Once tomatoes cool, peel off the skin.

2. In a bowl, crush peeled tomatoes with your hands. Stir in fresh jalapeno, lemon juice, onions, garlic, and salt.

Platanitos Fritos

(Fried Bananas)


• 3 bananas
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• Ground cinnamon
• 2 tbsp butter for frying


1. Cut bananas into oblong coins. Fry in butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in brown sugar, heating to a sticky syrup. Add cinnamon to taste.

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