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Costa Rican Recipes

  • Tamal de masa Costa Rica

    Ya iniciamos la Semana Santa, el cual significa la preparación de comidas especiales para conmemorar la muerte y la resurrección de Cristo.  En Costa Rica tenemos la tradición de hornear un…

  • Arroz Cantonés Costa Rica

    About Arroz Cantonés Despite being a rather young country, Costa Rica offers a lot of gastronomical variety and one of its most famous popular dishes is arroz cantones. While the Jamaican…

  • Costa Rican Egg Nog – Rompope

    Egg nog seems to be a universally loved drink at Christmas time, and the Costa Rican version is as delicious as any other. Egg nog, known in Spanish as rompope, is…

  • Best Tamale Recipes

    Everyone loves tamales- and they are a staple of Latin American cuisine in almost every country. There are as many tamale recipe variations as there are families, and competition is fierce…

  • Costa Rican Casado

    The Costa Rican casado is the main meal of the day- it’s the perfect lunch! Here are multiple casado recipes for your enjoyment!  About The Costa Rican Casado Hearty, flavorful, and…

  • Costa Rican Green Bean and Carrot Picadillo

    This Costa Rican picadillo recipe is a meat and vegetable hash with ground beef, carrots, green beans and of course- Salsa Lizano. About This Recipe Ask just about any Costa Rican,…

  • Costa Rican Copos Recipe

    Sugary and refreshing, copos are the Costa Rican snow cone and the perfect way to refresh on a hot day. Also known as piraguas, granizados and raspados, no matter what you…

  • Costa Rican Tortillas

    This Costa Rican tortilla recipe is just like grandma makes. Maesca, water and the tortilla press are all you need. Costa Rican Tortillas Recipe Ingredients  2 cups corn flour (I use…

  • Close-up of halved potato empanada.

    Costa Rican Empanada Recipes

    Who doesn't love a good traditional Costa Rican Empanada recipe? I adore them- and lucky for me they are easy to make. That means we make them for breakfast, snacks, appetizers…

  • Close up of three freshly baked empanadas beside a jar of cajeta.

    Empanadas de Cajeta

    Empanadas are a culinary staple in Costa Rica, and we generally serve them at breakfast or during the coffee hour, a span of time from about 1-4 pm. I have to…

  • Yellow bowl of beef soup with a traditionally painted disc in the background.

    Costa Rican Beef Soup

    You could order the soup in three sizes- anywhere from about half a cup of soup to about 3 cups of soup. I always knew how drunk Oscar had been that…

  • Generous spoonful of cajeta.

    Cajeta Recipe

    Though cajeta is a Mexican specialty, we love it down in Costa Rica, too! Traditionally made with goat’s milk and sugar, cajeta is a variation of dulce de leche. This rich…

  • Fried empanada topped with cheese, salsa, and cilantro on a large leaf.

    Costa Rican Empanada Arreglada

    Empanadas are a hallmark of Latin American cooking, and here in Costa Rica, we have a special way of serving them! At a Costa Rican restaurant, you can order any type…

  • Platter consisting of meat in thick brown sauce and rice.

    Costa Rican Estofado (Beef Tail in Red Sauce)

    The traditional Costa Rican oxtail dish is braised and then bathed in a sauce of tomatoes, carrots, and onions for a savory and hearty stew. Costa Rican Estofado Recipe Ingredients: 2-3…

  • Aerial view of two jars of dulce de leche with cinnamon sticks and a spoon.

    Traditional Costa Rican Dulce de Leche Recipe

    Whether it’s drizzled over ice cream, slathered over cakes or eaten straight out of the jar, this magic sauce rarely disappoints! Here are three different ways to prepare your own dulce…

  • Bowl of Costa Rican chop suey next to a painted disc.

    Costa Rican Chop Suey

    Let me tell you a secret- Costa Rican chop suey is an actual thing. You can find it on almost any menu, and it's an insanely popular street food (along with…

  • Tortilla with a serving of potato hash in its center.

    Costa Rican Picadillo de Papa Recipe

    Costa Rica is well known for its picadillos, and with good reason! Traditionally made with diced vegetables, meat, and spices, picadillos are a beloved staple of Costa Rican cuisine. …

  • Pitcher of passion fruit juice beside halved yellow passion fruits.

    Costa Rican Passion Fruit Juice

    Let’s get passionate about this fruit! (Indulge me one pun, it was too easy to pass up!) Passion fruit hails from the tropics and can be recognized by its wrinkly exterior…

  • Pina colada in a hollowed out pineapple with the beach in the background.

    Costa Rican Piña Colada Recipe

    Sweet, cold, and refreshing, this iconic drink is not only the hook to a Rupert Holmes track, but a summer staple in its own right!…

  • Hot dog sections on a bed of french fries.

    Costa Rican Salchipapa

    “Salchipapa.” Yep, you read that correctly! Part salchicha (sausage) and part papa (potato) this french fry and hot dog medley is a favorite fast food all over Central and most South…

  • Bundles of carrots and green beans alongside a bowl of finely chopped carrots and beans.

    Costa Rican Vegan Picadillo de Vainica

    Picadillo is one of Costa Rica's most popular recipes… and with good reason! Coming from the verb picar (to cut), picadillos consist of diced vegetables that have been sauteed together with…

  • Close up of a jar of chicken broth on a grey mat with a yellow patterned napkin.

    Costa Rican Style Chicken Stock

    This is one of my best and most requested recipes. Since chicken broth is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine, I have worked for years to perfect this recipe. …

  • White platter with three grilled chicken breasts heaped on top.

    Costa Rican Pollo Asado

    Pollo asado, or grilled chicken, is just one part of the great Costa Rican carne asada. Literally translating to “grilled meat,” the carne asada is an EVENT, and certainly not one…

  • Costa Rican style taco on a bed of cabbage and drizzled with pink sauce.

    Costa Rican Taco Tico Recipe

    Tacos are a super controversial food! From the American-style "taco" with ground beef and taco seasoning to Native American tacos to the myriad of authentic Mexican tacos found in all regions…

  • Pineapple fruit, glass of pineapple juice, and carafe placed on a striped cloth.

    Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe – Costa Rica

    Homemade Costa Rican pineapple juice (jugo de piña) is so healthy and delicious- all you need is a pineapple and a blender! Table of contents Recipe About This Recipe Substitutions Variations…

  • Aerial view of several glasses of mango juice and mango fruits.

    Costa Rican Mango Juice Recipe

    This three-ingredient Costa Rican jugo de mango (mango juice) recipe only requires two large mangos, water, and a bit of sugar. Naturally vegan and loaded with vitamins and minerals, this refreshing mango…

  • Aerial photo of pineapple popsicles on a plate ringed by whole slices of pineapple fruit.

    Pineapple Popsicle Recipe– Paletas de Piña

    Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh popsicle! With its famously sunny climate and abundant tropical fruits, Costa Rica is a veritable popsicle paradise. Popsicles, or Paletas as they are known…

  • Four blackberry cream paletas arranged on a board with a glass bowl of blackberries.

    Creamy Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

    Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh popsicle, and sunny Costa Rica is officially a popsicle paradise! Popsicles, or Paletas as they are known in Costa Rica, are a year-round favorite…