Corn tortillas are eaten with every meal. Other foods include black beans, rice, tamales (cornmeal or rice dough stuffed with meat and tomato sauce), and fried platanos (bananas) with honey, cream, or black beans. Meats are often stewed, and sauces are important. Papaya and breadfruit are among the many fruits eaten in Guatemala.
Tortillas are often used as a scoop for some foods. Other foods are eaten with the hands, but utensils are otherwise used at most meals. Hands are kept above the table, not placed in the lap. When a meal is finished, each person often thanks all others at the table.