Traditional Food of Costa Rica

One of the best things about traveling is trying the different flavors of the local dishes. Costa Rica’s cuisine just as most of the traditional cuisine of the rest of Central America, is based on rice, beans, chicken, pork and beef.

There are no breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes, they can all be eaten at any given time of the day.

Traditional dishes of Costa Rica

First there is Gallo Pinto; this is Costa Rica’s most traditional dish. You will find it in every home and in most restaurants. It consists of rice mixed with beans, scrambled eggs, fried plantains and sour cream.


Then there is Casado. It is very similar to gallo pinto, the main differences are that casado is served with meat or fish and that the rice and the beans are separate, not mixed. It is normally served with corn tortillas.

The traditional way to eat Costa Rican Food

The Costa Rican version of local eateries are Sodas. This is where you get the authentic traditional dishes. In these places you get a huge, healthy and tasty meal for around $5


I highly recommend visiting these before hitting the bigger and fancier restaurants. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

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One Response to Traditional Food of Costa Rica

  1. Crystal says:

    Better than all down south they have this place called the COOKOUT if you have tried it youll never go back to another fastfood place ever again!and its cheap and stays open till 2 everynight!try it youll love it!
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