5 Types of Traditional Costa Rican Dishes that You will Love but Didn’t Know Existed and Cannot Pronounce

Every country and culture has their own love for food and their own unique recipes and meals. Costa Rica is no different. When you visit there, there are 5 types of food you must try. Some people don’t like strange foods, but it is part of the adventure. We’re pretty sure that you will love them once you’ve tried.

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Gallo pinto. This dish basically consists of rice and black beans. Some variations add fried or scrambled eggs. It is considered a breakfast meal but is often served all day.

Ceviche. The ingredients for this dish include tilapia, cilantro, lime juice and vegetables that are finely diced. Ceviche can be found in many other Latin American countries as well. The way different countries and restaurants make the dish differs.

Plantains. When you first see this, you will think that it is a banana. It is similar, but in Costa Rica, they eat it differently. They cook it and serve it as a side dish for Gallo pinto and other meals. Another version called tostones uses plantains but they are twice fried. Tostones look and feel more like homemade potato chips.

Tres leches cake. This is a dessert dish that can be found all through Central America. Tres leches cake means three-milk cake and that is exactly what it is. Several different kinds of milk are poured over the cake. The kinds of milk include sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream.

Casado. This dish is similar to Gallo pinto because it also consists of rice and beans. The difference is that Gallo pinto mixes the rice and beans and Casado doesn’t. Casado is served with different options of meat and seafood. Other variations may also serve plantain, tortillas, cabbage, or cheese.

If you have never heard of any of these foods, it is time to book your trip to Costa Rica. You will love their cuisine and learn more about their culture at every restaurant or food stand. All of these dishes sound really good to us. We might just go there again!

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