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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:

 

  • Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

    Miel de coco literally translates to coconut honey in Spanish, but that is not exactly what this recipe is. In Costa Rica, "miel" refers to almost any sticky, sweet fruit concoction…

  • Tamal de masa de Costa Rica con café

    Costa Rican Holy Week Foods

    In Costa Rica during the week before Easter, a lot of cooking happens. That's because most Costa Rica Easter traditions center around food- and sharing holiday dishes with family and friends. I…

  • Pan Casero Costa Rican Homemade Bread

    Pan casero is a strangely traditional Costa Rican recipe. I say this because everyone loves it but very few people actually make it.  Pan casero literally translates to homemade bread (casero/a…

  • Tamal Mudo Recipe Costa Rica

    The tamal mudo is a vegetarian and vegan version of the traditional Costa Rican pork tamal that is made during Lent and especially Holy Week. Most all Costa Ricans who stay…

  • Traditional Potato Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Potato empanadas are made from a corn-based dough, and therefore gluten-free. The dough is formed into a circle, stuffed with a potato filling consisting of roughly mashed potatoes stir-fried in a…

  • Costa Rican Boiled Potato Recipe

    These potatoes are unique because after cooking, they are roughly mashed and then refired in a typical Costa Rican sofrito before serving with a meal (such as in picadillo), or using…

  • Dulce de Leche Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Dessert empanadas are popular throughout Latin America, and Argentina and Chile are most well known for their sweet empanadas, but Costa Rican empanadas have a special place in my heart because…

  • Cheese Empanadas – Costa Rica

    Costa Rican cheese empanadas are half-moon shaped fried appetizers made from a corn-based dough. They are then filled with traditional white Costa Rican cheese and fried up until hot- and the…

  • Shredded Beef Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    These crispy deep-fried half-moon shaped empanadas are filled with shredded beef and then fried to golden perfection. This beef empanada recipe uses a traditional Costa Rican shredded beef filling. While many…

  • costa rican pineapple empanadas with large bowl of fresh pineapple

    Costa Rican Pineapple Empanadas

    These Costa Rican pineapple empanadas (empanadas de piña) combine a homemade pastry dough and sweet pineapple preserves baked to perfection for a delightful baked dessert. With just a few ingredients- flour,…

  • suspiros costa rican cookies with traditional costa rican ox cart in the background

    Costa Rican Suspiros Cookies (Espumilla)

    Costa Rican suspiros are little delicate meringue cookies popular year-round but especially at Christmas and Easter. With just three ingredients, they are easy to make with what you have on hand,…

  • 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…

  • Costa Rican gallo pinto- the national dish and arguably the most memorable part of any Costa Rican vacation. Recreate the traditional Costa Rican gallo pinto recipe at home for the perfect breakfast or vegetarian side for any meal!

    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…

  • 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 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 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…

  • 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…

  • This traditional Costa Rican black bean dip recipe is the perfect party food. Vegetarian, vegan and perfect for dipping plantain chips, tortilla chips, or making seven layer dip, you will love how easy this black bean dip recipe is to make!

    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…

  • 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…

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