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Appetizers + Snacks

  • Homemade Guacamole Dip Recipe

    For some reason, every single person that tries my guacamole immediately falls in love with it. And people- this is the most unfussy, unpretentious, EASY guacamole recipe you will ever find.…

  • Mango Chile Chicken Wings

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Costa Rican Bean and Cheese Empanadas

    Bean and cheese empanadas (empanada de frijol con queso) are a popular vegetarian type of empanada. Most other empanadas just have a single filling, but the bean and cheese are a…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • These slow cooker habañero wings are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy- and the best make ahead game day recipe!

    Spicy Sweet Slow Cooker Habañero Wings Recipe

    These slow cooker habañero wings are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy- and the best make ahead game day recipe! Football season is BAAAACK! And in Colorado, that means Denver…

  • Queso fundido- a Mexican term for melted cheese in a skillet, is a warm, gooey and delicious appetizer. This easy baked vegetarian queso fundido will be sure to please a crowd!

    Easy Baked Vegetarian Queso Fundido

    It's our absolute favorite time of the year here at Casa Pura Vida- time for the FIFA World Cup to begin! As bilingual parents and a Costa Rican-American family, we are…

  • Chile Rellenos Game Day Appetizer

    Game Day Chile Rellenos Recipe

    It’s Fall in Colorado- and that means eating all kinds of green chile themed dishes. Preferably while watching football. Here’s the perfect vegetarian game day chile rellenos appetizer recipe! One of…

  • torchys queso dip with hot sauce

    Damn Good Torchy’s Tacos Queso Dip Recipe

    People, there is absolutely nothing that I love more than a delicious dip. Especially when I can accompany it with a nice, cold beer.  And lots of good friends. And preferably…

  • Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar

    It’s officially Fall in Colorado, which means that we get to do a lot of hiking- so we are especially excited to bring you this shop that has been compensated by…

  • 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…

  • Wheat Thins Nachos

    At Casa Pura Vida, we are always excited to tune in to the big game- and we love to celebrate our Costa Rican-American heritage through tasty game day food. We are…