Gastronomic Flavors of Costa Rica

Casado or typical food is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red peppers and onions, fried bananas, a cabbage salad with tomatoes and carrots, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork or veal with roasted onions.

Meat comes broiled or sautéed but never fried. Sometimes the married person includes chips or extra vegetables, such as avocados.

The ceviche is an appetizer consisting of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices like lemon with finely chopped herbs and vegetables. In Costa Rica, the best ceviche is made with local tilapia or corvina (white sea bass) and cilantro, garlic, chili, onion, and celery.

Gallo Pinto is the typical Costa Rican breakfast. It consists of rice and beans mixed together, fried or scrambled eggs, minced meat, fried plantains, and tortillas. A popular custom in Costa Rica is to pour the Lizano sauce on the “gallo pinto”, sweet greenish brown with the slightest hint of spice.

Olla de Carne is a rich and nutritious stew made with huge pieces of meat, potatoes, carrots, chayote, bananas, yucca, sweet potatoes, green bananas, and sweet potatoes.

Costa Rican tamales are boiled with banana leaves stuffed with a mixture of corn flour, rice with saffron, pork, and a variety of beans and vegetables.

Carnitas are pieces of meat cooked on the grill. Once made, it is placed in the center of an omelet.

costa rica foodPejibaye is the peach fruit of Ramos. It is thick and very fibrous and is prepared by boiling water with vegetables, meat, and salt.

Costa Rica is synonymous with excellent coffee and drinks several times a day, even when it is hot.

costa rica foodChan is a slightly sweet and viscous drink from the addition of water to a few tablespoons of chan seeds. The chan seed is small and has a lavender-like aroma. When the water is added, the seed develops a viscous layer around; It also helps the digestive system, lowers fever and blood pressure.

Refreshments are natural juices, freshly squeezed from fruit mixed with water or milk, with added sugar. There are an impressive amount of refreshments available in Costa Rica:


Cas (a native fruit of only Costa Rica)



Passion fruit




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