Discover the vibrant essence of Guam through its iconic Boonie Peppers. Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of this Pacific island as you explore the unique flavors and heat of these indigenous chili peppers. From their humble origins in Guam's lush jungles to their integral role in local cuisine, embark on a culinary journey that celebrates tradition and taste. Whether you're a spice enthusiast or a curious epicurean, let Guam's Boonie Peppers ignite your senses and transport you to the heart of Chamorro culture.


  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken, fish, or shrimp (traditional kelaguen protein)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Guam Boonie Peppers (adjust to taste for desired spice level)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Finadene (Guam-style dipping sauce), optional, for serving


1- In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked protein (chicken, fish, or shrimp) with lemon juice, onion, green onions, and Guam Boonie Peppers.

2- Mix well to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed

3- Add chopped cilantro to the mixture and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper according to taste preferences.

4- Allow the kelaguen mixture to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

5- Once marinated, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

6- To serve, place lettuce leaves on a serving platter and spoon the prepared Chamorro Boonie Pepper infused kelaguen onto the leaves.

7- Optionally, serve with finadene on the side for dipping.

8- Enjoy your authentic Chamorro dish with the distinctive heat of Guam's Boonie Peppers!

Note: This recipe is customizable based on personal preferences. Adjust the amount of Boonie Peppers used to suit your desired level of spiciness. Additionally, feel free to experiment with different proteins or add other ingredients such as grated coconut for variation.

Nutritional Values:

Here are approximate nutritional values for the ingredients used in the Chamorro Boonie Pepper Infused Kelaguen recipe:

Cooked chicken, fish, or shrimp (1 cup, diced):

  • Calories: 230-300 (depending on the type of protein)
  • Protein: 25-30g
  • Fat: 13-20g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g

benefits: Excellent source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle repair and growth. Also provides essential vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids (in fish) that support overall health.

Lemon juice (1/2 cup):

  • Calories: 8
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g

benefits: Rich in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, aids in digestion, and promotes healthy skin. It also provides antioxidants that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Onion (1/2 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 22
  • Protein: 0.6g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1g
  • Fiber: 0.9g

benefits:Contains antioxidants such as quercetin and sulfur compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Onions are also a good source of fiber, which supports digestive health.

Green onions (1/2 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 16
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7g
  • Fiber: 1.6g

benefits:Like onions, green onions provide antioxidants and fiber. They are also rich in vitamin K, which is important for bone health, and vitamin A, which supports vision and immune function.

Guam Boonie Peppers (1/4 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 7
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6g
  • Fiber: 0.6g

benefits:Contains capsaicin, a compound that gives peppers their spicy flavor and offers various health benefits, including pain relief, improved metabolism, and reduced inflammation. Peppers are also rich in vitamins A and C.

Fresh cilantro (1/4 cup, chopped):

  • Calories: 0-1
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.1g
  • Fiber: 0.1g

benefits:Contains antioxidants and essential oils that have antimicrobial properties and may help lower inflammation. Cilantro also provides small amounts of vitamins A and K.

Salt and black pepper:

  • Negligible caloric contribution

benefits:While these ingredients are primarily used for seasoning, they also provide small amounts of essential minerals such as sodium and trace amounts of other nutrients. However, it's important to use them in moderation to avoid excessive sodium intake.

Note: The nutritional values provided are approximate and can vary based on factors such as specific brands, cooking methods, and ingredient sizes. Additionally, the nutritional values for the finished dish may vary depending on portion sizes and additional ingredients added, such as lettuce leaves and finadene.


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