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Costa Rican Recipes

We love traditional Costa Rican food here at Casa Pura Vida, and we’ve spent countless hours recreating our favorite Costa Rican recipes to share with you!

 

Not familiar with the food of Costa Rica? Don’t worry, here’s a quick overview! The main staples of the Costa Rican diet are white rice, black beans, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Costa Rican food (or tico food as we also call it!) is generally flavored with salt, garlic, onion, cilantro and Salsa Lizano.

 

We’ve got all kinds of recipes in every category- Costa Rican main dishes, Costa Rican desserts, Costa Rican traditional foods, breakfast foods, and more. Here are some of our most popular posts:

 

 

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  • Yuca fries served with cabbage salad and chimichurri sauce.

    Costa Rican Yuca Fries

    These yuca fries are made by boiling large chunks of yucca in saltwater, cutting the rounds into thick straw pieces, and then frying them in vegetable oil. The taste is very…

  • Costa Rican salad with lime, chicharron, chimichurri sauce and yuca.

    Costa Rican Vigorón Recipe

    Like many popular Costa Rican dishes, the Costa Rican vigorón is an easy to prepare mix of several popular Costa Rican recipes combined to make a unique dish. Made from chicharrones…

  • Bowl of freshly boiled yuca from Costa Rica.

    Boiled Yuca Recipe – Costa Rica

    Yuca roots are large tubers endemic to Central America and much of the world. It's one of the oldest foods around- it's filling and inexpensive. Many Latin American countries use yucca in…

  • Costa Rican taco bowl chifrijo with chimichurri sauce.

    Costa Rican Chifrijo Recipe

    The Costa Rican chifrijo, much like its name, is a mix of several Costa Rican recipes, and it's a beloved dish throughout the country. The word chi-frijo is a combination of…

  • Lime juice with white onion, cilantro and onion chimichurri tico.

    Easy Chimichurri Recipe From Costa Rica

    This Costa Rican chimichurri sauce recipe is served with almost every meal possible in Costa Rica. It's made from ingredients readily available year-round in Costa Rica (tomato, onion, cilantro, lime and…

  • Costa Rican pink sauce for dipping fried appetizers.

    Costa Rican Salsa Rosada Recipe

    So let's get one thing straight- salsa rosada is decidedly not just a Costa Rican thing. It's a Latin America thing- and I actually suspect that back in the day McDonald's…

  • Mound of Costa Rican Gallo Pinto on a red plate.

    Traditional Costa Rican Gallo Pinto Recipe

    Lovingly called "pinto" for short, you can also find this dish on lunch and dinner menus alongside freshly braised meat. Sometimes we substitute gallo pinto for rice and beans in a…

  • Costa Rican tamal de masa with coffee.

    Traditional Costa Rican Tamal de Masa Recipe

    It's Holy Week (Semana Santa), which means a unique type of tamal is traditionally made and served in Costa Rica. Depending on the region of Costa Rica, this sweet, vegetarian tamal…

  • Table spread for World Cup party including various dips, drinks, and a cheese board.

    Costa Rican Black Bean Dip Recipe

    Every four years we gear up to celebrate the biggest soccer tournament in the world- and we are so excited to cheer on Costa Rica this year! We take game time…

  • Milk cake garnished with mint.

    Costa Rican Tres Leches Recipe

    I earned my street cred with this recipe a few years back. We had gone to a party to celebrate Costa Rican Independence day. The party was a potluck, and I…

  • Costa Rican red plate with arroz con pollo and cilantro.

    Fast Costa Rican Arroz con Pollo Recipe

    Arroz con pollo is such a common dish that ticos have dubbed it arroz con siempre (rice with always). Because we literally have it at every party! I can't tell you how…

  • Bowl of Costa Rican candies.

    Melcochas de Natilla- Costa Rican Recipe

    Melcochas de natilla is the Spanish name for a traditional Costa Rican candy made from sour cream and sugar. How to make the two-ingredient homemade candy recipe unique to Costa Rica.…

  • Bottles of Salsa Lizano lined up on a woven black mat.

    What Is Salsa Lizano From Costa Rica

    If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, then you have seen the Salsa Lizano bottles everywhere. They are on every restaurant table, in every souvenir store, every house, and every grocery…

  • Receta tica – Tamal de masa de 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…

  • Instant Pot Chicken Garbanzo Soup

    You all might have guessed that I’m obsessed with Costa Rican-style chicken garbanzo soup, which we serve with Costa Rican white rice. I have a stovetop recipe  and a 10 minute…

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Garbanzo Soup Recipe

    I’m excited to share this super easy slow cooker chicken garbanzo soup recipe- served with Costa Rican white rice of course! This is a twist on one of our favorite family…

  • Costa Rican Pancakes Recipe (Arepas)

    I think every ex pat goes through waves of homesickness- and it can be weird the things we miss about home. When I lived in San Ramon, Costa Rica, I would…

  • Costa Rican Style Taco Recipe/Receta Taco Tico

    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…