How to Make Belizean Chimole “Black Dinna”

chimole black dinner in belize

Chimole or locally known as “Black Dinna” in Belize is a succulent and delicious black soup that is enjoyed by many Belizeans throughout the country. The soup is easy to make and the black recado that is used in the preparation gives the food its black color. Once you have tasted it, you will always crave it.

Below is the recipe brought to you by our very own Chef Daniel.

Chimole / Black Dinna


1/4 cup black recado

1 chicken (cut into parts)

2 tablespoons cilantro ( chopped)

2 tomatoes (diced)

2 tablespoons malher ( chicken bouillon)

3 potatoes in cubes

3 to 4 fresh tomatoes

1/2 onion (sliced)

3 garlic cloves (mashed)

Salt and pepper

6 boiled eggs


Season the chicken with salt and pepper and brown in a hot pot with little oil. Once browned, add enough water to cover the chicken and then add the onions and garlic and potatoes, Cook, over low heat for 30 minutes. Dissolve the recado and the malher (chicken bouillon)and add it to the chicken. Add diced tomatoes and cilantro. Add more water if necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Served hot with boiled eggs and corn tortillas.

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