Costa Rican Food Recipes

By Tim Kroeger March 15, 2020 Costa Rica, Central America, Food, Recipes

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Costa Rica food is rich, colorful and healthy. If you are not used to having heavy dishes from breakfast to lunch and all the way to dinner, you might just find eating in Costa Rica a challenge.

As soon as you wake up, you will find it hard to resist the smell of good local food – especially the Costa Rica famous food called gallo pinto.

This rice and beans mixture is made even more sumptuous by the addition of vegetables, spices and accompaniments. 

Once you’ve had your fill, lunch comes creeping in. A plate of casado is about to land on your table, with slices of chicken, beef, pork or fish adding heartiness to this full meal. Both the ticos and tourists around you are having one.

Come dinnertime, we can’t blame you if you say no to a serving of another best food in Costa Rica.

We would, though, dare you to say no to Costa Rican desserts. These sweet, heavenly combinations are so good you just might not be able to resist.

Fast forward to the end of your vacation, we will not be surprised if, one day, you will find yourself craving for that black bean soup you had, the tamale you ordered or the gallo pinto served to you at the hotel.

There are lots of simple Costa Rican food recipes which you can try recreating once you’re at home.

Traditional Costa Rican food recipes don’t need not be complicated. In fact, if you ate a lot of local food during your stay, you will find the food simple, comforting and straightforward.

You will also notice how each plate highlights the fruits and vegetables in season, with your plate resembling a harvest basket albeit artfully. 

Here are some Costa Rican food recipes we believe you should try to cook at home.

Costa Rica Food Recipes

Gallo Pinto Costa Rica Recipes

Why is gallo pinto called gallo pinto?

If you translate this Spanish name to english, you will get “spotted rooster.”

Does it make sense?

Yes, definitely.

If you get the colorfulness of having spotted characteristics, you will get why this Spanish dish is named as such.

Gallo pinto is one of the traditional Costa Rican food recipes that everyone knows. Simply put, it is the national dish of Costa Rica.

Basically, it is rice and beans that are stir fried together and is also widely eaten in the country of Nicaragua. This combination is mixed with red bell peppers, cilantro, onions and Salsa Lizano.

Salsa Lizano, for anyone who is not familiar with it, is a special condiment concocted in Costa Rica in the 1920s.

The sauce is brown in color and is thin enough to be used both in cooking and in eating directly. All Costa Rican eateries and restaurants will have Salsa Lizano on each table.

What do you eat with gallo pinto?

Authentic food recipes of Costa Rica will tell you to eat it with fried egg; however, it is not the only way to do so. You can partner this Costa Rican food with goodies such as bacon, bananas, or even cheese.

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