A taste of Guatemala: Chirmol (salsa)

You’ll find chirmol (salsa) on many CI kids’ tables in Latin America. Watch as a Guatemalan mom creates this authentic recipe.

To make it at home, you’ll need:


6 Roma tomatoes
10 tomatillos
1 bunch peppermint
1 bunch cilantro
1 onion (medium-sized)
4 chiltepe chiles or other type of hot pepper (vary amount of pepper based on preference)
Pinch of salt


  1. Peel tomatillos and rinse in a bowl of water.
  2. Roast the tomatillos and tomatoes on a hot griddle, turning as needed. Remove tomatillos when soft and skins are partially blackened. Continue to let tomatoes cook while preparing other ingredients, checking on them regularly until they are soft and skins are partially blackened. When roasted, remove from griddle and set aside.
  3. Strip peppermint leaves from stems and place in bowl of water.
  4. Pull cilantro from stems and also add to the water. Swish in water to rinse thoroughly. (Discard stems.)
  5. Remove the outer skin and finely chop half of an onion. (Set aside other half of onion for another use.)
  6. Finely chop the peppermint and cilantro leaves.
  7. Add onion, peppermint and cilantro to one side of a large bowl with wide, flat bottom.
  8. Add chiltepes to bowl alongside other ingredients. Mash the chiltepes using a large pestle.
  9. Add roasted tomatillos on top of chiltepes and mash thoroughly.
  10. Remove skins from roasted tomatoes while they are still hot. Add to bowl on top of the chiltepes and tomatillos mixture and mash with pestle. Use knife to cut larger pieces and continue mashing.
  11. Add salt as desired and stir thoroughly.
  12. Transfer into smaller bowl for serving.


Learn more about Guatemala


May 4, 2017

Hello, I read a post by Macky Mack, who has been on numerous child visits. I would like to speak with her about her visits to Guatemala.
We adopted our daughter from Guatemala city and would like to visit Guatemala some day. We have 2 sponsored children in Guatemala.
Cheryl Aubin Smith,

May 11, 2017

Hello Cheryl, to speak to Macky Mac you could join the social center. Macky Mac is frequently posting very interesting photos and stories in " my social center". There is a complete group of fanatics sponsors.. like myself as well, we love to have new members..

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