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  • 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 del Arbol Salsa Recipe

    Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FronteraExperience #CollectiveBias Looking for the perfect salsa for taco night? This chile del arbol…

  • 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…

  • Mango Habanero Chicken Wing Recipe

    Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

    These delicious mango habanero chicken wings are sure to please a crowd! A lot of people say that summer is the perfect grilling season- but I firmly disagree. For me- fall…

  • a simple blender recipe for mexican creamy green salsa

    Creamy Mexican Green Salsa Recipe

    I have a serious thing for salsas- I love to our them on almost any kind of food, sip chips and veggies in them- and sometimes even just eat them with…

  • 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…

  • Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

    Here at Casa Pura Vida we have a little bit of trouble keeping… er, regular.  Big Sister has had all kinds of problems emptying her colon basically since birth. I will…