Costa Rican Cuisine – 13 of Their Yummy Dishes

When you travel around the Central American countries you will notice that most of them have similar food. Most of their dishes are based on corn, spicy sauces, plantains, beans and in some areas coconut and seafood. However, if you pay close attention, each still manages to do things in their own unique way.

13 of My favorite Dishes of Costa Rican Cuisine

1. Gallo Pinto – This is hands down the essential Costa Rican dish.

Costa Rican Cuisine - Gallo Pinto

2. Arroz con Pollo | Chicken and Rice When you ask for it at a local eatery you will get a bowl of rice with shereded chicken.

3. Guacamole – We all know and love this one! But Costa Rican seem to have an even strongr love for it than most of us.

Costa Rican Cuisine - Guacamole

4. Ensalada de Repollo | Cabbage Salad – They use it as a side dish to almost everything.

5. Papa Rellena | Stuffed Potatoes – These are backed potatoes stuffed with beans, chese, chicken.

6. Tamales | The Christmas Traditional Meal – There is one or several reciped of this one in each Central American Country.

Costa Rican Cuisine - Tamales

7. Platano Frito | Fried Plantains – Now this one is dfinitely no exlusive to Costa Rica but you can find them pretty much anywhere.

8. Patacones | Green Plantain Crisps – Everyone’s favorite snack.

9. Yuca Frita – It is another of the local’s favorite snack.

10. Picadillo de Papa | Potato Hash – This is not you average hashbrown. They are cut in cubes and soooo spicy.

11. Arroz con Leche | Rice Custard – An amazing desert that you can find pretty much anywhere.

12. Tres Leches – Cold and wet cake made with different kinds of milk and tons of cinnamon.

13. Flan de Coco – The tastier flan that you will ever try.

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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