A classic Sunday dinner served with a cold glass of coke.

Chirmole, also know as “Black Dinner” is a tasty black-colored soup with roots in Mayan and Mestizo cultures but enjoyed by all in Belize. The black color comes from Black Recado which is made with burnt tortillas.


Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1.5 hours
Yields: Enough for 6 people


  • 1 - whole chicken
  • seasoned salt to taste
  • 4 cloves - garlic, crushed
  • 2 cubes - chicken bouillon
  • 2 - large whole cloves
  • 4 - large whole all spice seeds
  • 1 tablespoon - black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon - dried mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon - cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon - 1 tablespoon red pepper (depends on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tablespoons - red recado
  • 5 tablespoons - black recado
  • 3 - large tomatoes or 5 Romas, chopped
  • 1 - chayote, chopped
  • 1 - small pumpkin squash, cooked, peeled and chopped
  • 1 - onion, chopped
  • 3 - small red potatoes or 1 large white potato
  • 6 - hard boiled eggs
  • Many corn tortillas


  1. Place a clean chicken in stock pot. Fill with water until chicken is covered. Add salt, garlic, and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, once boiling, turn down heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer approximately 1 hour or until chicken is cooked.
  2. In a spice mill or coffee grinder place whole cloves, whole all spice, black peppercorns, dried Mexican oregano, red pepper and cumin seeds. Grind until powdery. Add to 1/2 cup of water and stir until uniform. Pour into the stock pot with the chicken.
  3. Place red and black recado in bowl with 1 cup of water. Using your fingers or a fork, smash and mix the recado until it's a uniform consistency. Pour into the stock pot and stir.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, add all of the vegetables. Continue to simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  5. Scoop out chicken, and cut it up, return it to the stock pot.
  6. Serve: Place a boiled egg in a soup bowl and scoop soup into bowl making sure to get some chicken, vegetables and delicious broth! Warm your tortillas, pour a glass of coke and enjoy a hearty bowl of soup!

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3 Replies to "Chirmole"

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    Jeffrey E Holmes April 10, 2017 (1:48 am)

    My mother n law is Belizean
    And her recipe is a little different. She add’s ground veal and pork.

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      chicapost June 5, 2017 (2:02 am)

      That sounds like an interesting variation on Chirmole! Is the chicken stuffed with the veal and pork similar to Relleno? How is the veal and pork cooked in the soup? Let us know, we would love to know another variation! Thank you for your comment!

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    Debbie September 8, 2018 (1:27 am)

    Where can get the black Recado?

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