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Recipes From Everywhere

At Casa Pura Vida we love food- and we love to cook our favorite recipes right here at home.  Our homemade meals are as much traditional Costa Rican food as they are  American food.


This section includes every single one of the recipes I’ve ever published. Appetizers, drinks, desserts, main dishes, side dishes, Instant Pot recipes, game day recipes and more.


Vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes, baking, desserts, world cuisine, family dinner recipes, Lent recipes, slow cooker/crockpot recipes- we’ve got you covered.


Here are a few of our most popular recipes:

Costa Rican Arroz con Pollo Recipe
Torchy’s Tacos Queso Dip Recipe
5 Minute Tropical Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe
Costa Rican Tres Leches Recipe
Garbanzo Bean Soup Recipe


  • 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.  Table of contents Recipe About This…

  • Cast iron pan full of diced squashes and corn placed on top of a folded yellow napkin.

    Green Chile Calabacitas Recipe

    Translating to “little squashes,” calabacitas is a celebrated Mexican recipe and an ideal vegetarian dish. This delicious hash consists of chopped and sauteed vegetables and is topped with shredded cheese… kind…

  • Hearty serving of taco soup with yellow and blue place mats underneath it.

    Easy Taco Soup Recipe

    For those days when you need a filling meal but have no motivation to cook, this quick and easy taco soup recipe is here to help! All you need are some…

  • crystal mill and crystal river in summer

    Off Roading To Crystal Mill, Colorado

    2020 is the year of the staycation, but even I was getting antsy for something really different. We had done the Gaylord of the Rockies and the YMCA this summer, and…

  • Silver spoon filled with butternut squash soup and a crouton.

    Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    Soup is a Mexican version of a well-loved Costa Rican sopa de ayote- which has become increasingly famous as a super healthy Blue Zones recipe.  This soup uses butternut squash (an ingredient…

  • Mango glazed chicken wings piled on a plate with a small bowl of dip and sliced vegetables.

    Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

    These mango habanero wings are delicious- a perfect combination of sweet and spicy- not to mention easy. Mango is a staple in the Costa Rican diet, and I love love love…

  • Sweet potato hash on a red-checkered table cloth.

    Paleo Grilled Foil Packet Recipe

    This Paleo sausage and potato foil packet recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and doesn't even use a pan! With smoked sausage, sweet potato and red apples, this recipe is…

  • Mango paleta in focus and purple shirt out of focus in the background.

    Mango Popsicle Recipe – Paleta de Mango

    Popsicles are the quintessential summer food- and in Costa Rica, it's paleta season year-round! You can always find popsicles sold in grocery stores, pulperias and on the beach. But I love…

  • Tandoori chicken skewer lying diagonally across a cilantro-topped bowl of soup.

    Grilled Tandoori Chicken Kabob Recipe

    This post has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyMazolaMarinade  This easy grilled Tandoori chicken recipe combines a marinade of greek yogurt, lemon juice…

  • Eleven freshly baked raisin bran muffins on a brown mat.

    Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

    Not only is this recipe easy (I often make them while I’m scrambling eggs and we eat them right away) and healthy (it’s low in sugar and high in fiber!),  it’s…

  • Bowl of vegetable beef soup on a light blue mat.

    Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

    Easiest homemade vegetable beef soup recipe ever! Combines tender beef stew meat, corn, beans, tomatoes, green beans, and pasta in a delicious beef broth for the perfect cold-weather antidote.…

  • Close up of sliced poppy seed bread with orange glaze.

    Classic Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

    Recently I was running out of breakfast ideas (we’ve had a LOT of raisin bran muffins lately!) until I remembered... Mom’s Poppy Seed bread! I made a batch (2 loaves) and…

  • Close-up of chile del arbol salsa in a black ceramic container.

    Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

    This salsa recipe is one of my favorites because it's easy to make ahead and it keeps for weeks in the fridge. It's also easy to have the ingredients on hand…

  • Bowl of green salsa accompanied by avocado and peppers.

    Creamy Mexican Green Salsa Recipe

    This creamy green salsa recipe is big on flavor and super easy. Combining avocado, cilantro, white onion, fresh tomatillos and serrano peppers, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. Get out…

  • White bowl of chicken tikka masala on a pale green cloth.

    Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

    Over the years I have made this dish countless times, tinkering with it each time to make it more delicious. I would say now- it's my signature dish. I love the…

  • Mexican shredded pork with tortillas, lime, onion and cilantro garnish.

    Baked Carnitas Recipe – Carnitas Tacos

    About 10 years ago I spent part of the summer at Trinity University in San Antonio, grading Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exams.  I left the area and left with a serious…

  • How to make a bowl of chili- chicken, sour cream, lime and great northern beans.

    Skinny White Chicken Chili Recipe

    I have been making this white chili recipe for years. I grew up eating a red chili that my mom would make in the winter. Delish, but I actually prefer a…

  • Pyrex pan of baked spinach dip.

    Easy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

    I love love love dips! It's actually because I love tortilla chips so much, and I just need an excuse to dress them up once in a while. This Spinach Artichoke…

  • Woman wearing a winter outfit posing in front of a wall patterned with painted triangles.

    These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things….

    I'm rounding up a bunch of my very favorite things- from zero waste products to travel gear, health and beauty to clothing, and kitchen and parenting essentials.  Every single product on this…

  • Rum punch cocktail in glass with ice and umbrella.

    20 Latin Cocktails For Your Next Party!

    I just love a good cocktail recipe. With the right combination of ingredients, and cocktail can take me back to some of my favorite memories from my travels around Latin America.  Like…

  • Champagne bottle with two guava cocktails.

    Tropical Mimosa- Guava Cocktail Recipe

    I'm on a huge guava kick right now people, and this tropical mimosa combines champagne and guava into a delicious and refreshing guava cocktail recipe that can't be beaten! I pretty much…

  • Two guava ginger moscow mules with gold straws in background.

    Guava Ginger Latin Moscow Mule Recipe

    I remember the very first time I had a Moscow Mule. It was one of my first years teaching public school, and the parents threw us a fancy party on East…

  • Rose gold mug of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows.

    Creamiest Hot Chocolate Recipe EVER!

    There is nothing more delicious than homemade hot chocolate on a cold Winter day. This recipe is even easier than making hot cocoa form a package, so there’s really no excuse…

  • Saltine cracker toffee stacked on wooden cutting board.

    Totally Addicting Christmas Crack Recipe

    A few years ago I was invited to a very hip Hannukah party at a coworkers house, and I took along this Christmas Crack Recipe.  My coworker is Jewish, and she had…