Today I am sharing a delicious recipe from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad & Tobago. Trinidad is more populous Island of the two. It is the southern most island of the Caribbean. It is a multi cultural society and multi racial society. Trinidadians accompany their meals with various condiments and these include pepper sauces, chutneys and pickles and are often homemade. Guava Chow (Street snack) is another popular street food from this region. It is insanely delicious .

What is Caribbean cuisine?

Caribbean  cuisine is a fusion of  African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese. They prefer to have spicy condiments as sauces and chutney that are mostly home made.Ingredients that are common in most islands’ dishes are 
  • rice
  •  plantains
  •  beans
  • cassava 
  • culantro, 
  • bell peppers 
  • chickpeas
  • tomatoes 
  • sweet potatoes
  •  coconut,
  • Varieties of Meat
  • Fruits locally available

Recipe for Guava Chow (Street Snack):


  • 1 Large Guava ( Not so ripe, it should be crisp)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Salt to taste


  • Chop the guava into big chunks and place them in a bowl.
  • Using a mortar and pestle pound the garlic ,pepper and cilantro nicely.
  • Add this mixture to the guavas along with salt and lime juice.
  • The flavors ,heat ,tartness should balance well.
  • Serve as a snack or with drinks . Goes well with Alcoholic beverages.


  • Normally Culantro or Shado beni is used in this dish. As i cannot find it here i have just used Cilantro. Shado beni has instense flavor compared to Cilantro.
  • You can use unripe green Apples, Cucumber, Peaches, Mango Pineapple, Mandarin Orange wedges ,Golden apples etc..
  • I have used seedless guavas that is nice and crisp.
  • Garlic and cilantro adds a nice flavor to this dish
  • Do try this and share your feedback

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8 thoughts on “GUAVA CHOW (STREET SNACK)”

  1. Seriously, while I was reading the recipe, my mouth was literally watering. I’m a big fan of guava with chilli and salt so am now impatient to try out this recipe. Only snag is that I have to wait for guava season.

  2. Malini Vivekananthan

    Interesting snack from Guava. Looks yummy and it’s nice to know about different cuisine and popular recipes. It’s a nice twist to the Guava. I Will definitely adding it to my list.

  3. Totally a different type of street food and most importantly it is healthy food. This recipe doesn’t have a long list of ingredients…

  4. I love guava so much, this Caribbean cuisine style street food looks and sounds really amazing. I loved the idea of using cloves, pepper and coriander into this very interesting dish. This must be so flavorful, loved it. Will try next season.

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