When traveling to Latin America, you will experience the local gastronomy. As a Costa Rican, I can recommend some great local dishes for you to try. When traveling around Costa Rica with Appleseed Expeditions, I try to get my groups to taste some of these dishes. Here are my top five Costa Rican local dishes:
Gallo Pinto: A blend of rice and black beans prepared with chopped onion, peppers, and cilantro, commonly served for breakfast. Usually it is accompanied by eggs, fried cheese, fried plantains, or ham.
Ceviche: The Costa Rican version of this dish is very juicy. It is basically small cut-up pieces of fish marinated in lemon juice, onions, peppers, and cilantro. The lemon juice cooks the fish and makes it nice and tender. The mix of flavors is “muy delicioso”.
Olla de Carne: This is a very heavy and nutritious soup served hot, with pieces of beef meat cooked together with all kinds of tubers and veggies like potatoes, yucca, sweet potatoes, plantains, Spanish squash, corn and taro root.
Arroz con pollo: A mix of rice and chicken, prepared together and usually paired with a green salad, and patacones (a big plantain chip).
Tamales: In Costa Rica this is a Christmas dish; it is a tradition to prepare them for your family as well as neighbors and people that come visit your house. Unlike tamales in other countries, in Costa Rica they are prepared in banana leaves and are made of corn stuffed with a bit of carrot, sweet pepper and a small piece of pork.
These are my top 5 favorite dishes I suggest you try when traveling to Costa Rica with Appleseed Expeditions.
Paulo Segura ● Appleseed Guide