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Tortitas de Ejote - Guatemalan Green Bean Fritters

Tortitas de Ejotes: Guatemalan Green Bean Fritters

An easy recipe for green bean fritters that's perfect for breakfast or a light lunch. You can also serve tortitas de ejotes inside a crusty French roll slathered with mayonnaise or avocado 
Course Appetizer, Main
Cuisine Guatemalan
Keyword fresh green bean pancakes, tortitas de ejote, traditional Guatemalan food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 168kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 5 cups fresh green beans minced
  • 1/2 cup onion minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons white flour


  • Boil the green beans in water until tender but still crisp
  • Plunge the green beans into cold water to chill. Drain the beans and allow to cool
  • Mix the onion, salt and green beans together
  • Prepare batter by beating egg yolks until creamy. Beat egg whites separately until stiff and then fold egg white into yolks together with salt and flour
  • Mix the green beans and batter together, stirring lightly
  • Drop by large spoonful (1/4 cup) in a frying pan with oil and shape into patties
  • Fry in oil for 2-3 minutes per side until browned. Turn and cook other side
  • Serve topped with chirmol (simple tomato and onion sauce) or any other salsa. I like red pepper salsa as it's got a bit of spice. 


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.6mg