Costa Rica is known for its breathtaking beaches, lush rainforests, and incredible wildlife. But what about its cuisine?
Costa Rican cuisine is a reflection of its diverse culture and geography, with a blend of influences from Spanish, Indigenous, and African cultures. I will share with you some of the most popular dishes in Costa Rica and what you should try when visiting.
The staple dish in Costa Rica far as cuisine is called Gallo Pinto, which translates into “spotted rooster.” It is a rice and beans dish that is typically served for breakfast but can be enjoyed any time of day. The dish consists of cooked rice and black beans that are mixed together with onions, peppers, and a special seasoning blend. It is usually served with eggs, fried plantains, and sour cream.
An additional popular dish in Costa Rica is Casado, the meaning is “married” in Spanish. A traditional lunch dish that consists of rice, beans, plantains, salad, and a choice of protein, such as beef, chicken, or fish . The dish is often served with a side of Lizano sauce, a tangy and slightly sweet condiment that is a staple in Costa Rican cuisine. Casado here is delicious and filling & will give you the energy you need to explore Costa Rica’s beautiful landscapes.
Seafood is also a big part of Costa Rican cuisine, thanks to its location on the coast. We all love a good ceviche which is also a very popular and well known option . Another seafood dish to try is Sopa de Mariscos, a hearty soup made with a variety of seafood, vegetables, and coconut milk.
For those with a sweet tooth, it’s been told to me Tres Leches cake is a must-try dessert in Costa Rica although I did not get a chance to indulge I have tried it other places as well as here in the U.S. Sugar cane can be found all over and I did have the pleasure of trying the sugar cane Ice cream it was rich and an indulgent dessert that will leave you feeling satisfied.
To sum it all up Costa Rican cuisine offers a variety of jam packed flavorful dishes that reflect the country’s diverse culture & you better bet your bottom dollar you’re going to eat beans & rice everywhere you go so get used to it ! Wash it all down with a guanabana another name for soursop. Fresh juices is also a big thing in Costa Rica I lived for a fresh juice while visiting especially the guanabana juice.