Tortitas de Berro con huevo- Guatemalan Watercress Fritters Recipe

Tortitas de Berro - Guatemalan Watercress Fritters

These mini watercress omelettes are healthy, full of vitamins and protein and easy to make. They're a traditional food that's popular for breakfast or a light lunch in Guatemala and El Salvador. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Guatemalan, Latin American
Keyword Guatemalan recipes, recipes with watercress, tortas de berro, watercress omelette
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 180 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 2 cups watercress fresh with bottom of stems trimmed
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/4 red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup cotija, Zacapa or Feta cheese crumbled
US Customary - Metric


  1. Rinse the watercress thoroughly. Be sure to separate the stalks while washing to remove any grit. Chop off the coarse ends of the stalks  

  2. Soak in Microdyne solution ( if you're in Mexico or Guatemala)
  3. Cook the watercress in boiling salted water until slightly tender (about 3-5 minutes)

  4. Meanwhile, dice the onion, garlic clove and tomato ( removing seeds) finely.

  5. Beat eggs until foamy
  6. Drain the watercress in a colander, squeezing water out with your hands and then chop in a food processor

  7. Fold chopped watercress, onion, garlic and tomato into egg mixture and stir

  8. Heat oil in a large Teflon frying pan to medium high 

  9. Ladle spoonfuls of the watercress egg mixture onto frying pan or griddle and flatten with spoon until the size of a coaster, pushing egg toward centre if it spreads in the pan to keep the shape more or less circular

  10. Cook until browned on bottom,3-5 minutes. carefully turn fritters and cook until browned another 3-5 minutes.  

Remove from heat, drain on paper towel and garnish with thinly sliced red onion and crumbly white cheese

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Tortitas de Berro - Guatemalan Watercress Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 721mg31%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1560IU31%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.