Traditional San José Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to San José is complete without tasting the traditional San José food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in San José to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Enyucados: yucca, eggs, butter, flour, oil, salt and coriander.
- Ceviche Costa Rica: marinated fish, lime juice, salt, ground black pepper, finely minced onions, cilantro and finely minced peppers.
- Chimichurri: tomatoes and onions pickled in lime juice.
- Chorreadas: corn pancakes.
- Costa Rican Marinade: lime peel, lime juice, tomato juice, cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper, oil, garlic.
- Patacones or maduro: fried plantains.
- Stuffed Chayotes: Chayotes, breadcrumbs, Munster cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, butter, salt and pepper.
- Bacalao: a cod soup.
- Modongo: a beef stomach soup.
- Olla de Carne: a beef soup.
- Oxtail Stew with Tomatoes and Carrots: a beef oxtail soup.
- Pozol: a corn soup.
- Sopa de Albondigas: meatball soup.
- Sopa de Pejibaye: palm fruit soup.
- Sopa de Pescado: a fish soup.
- Sopa Negra: black bean soup.
- Tortilla Soup: tortillas, chicken, tomatoes, onions and other ingredients.
- Ensalada Palmito: palm tree heart, lettuce leaves, lime juice, salt, black pepper.
- Russian Salad: a salad made with beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayo.
- Arroz con Pollo: rice with chicken.
- Casado: rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an entree of choice that may include chicken, beef, pork, and others.
- Chifrijo: beans with broth, rice, chopped cracklings, Pico de gallo, tortillitas cut into triangular shape and fried, spices.
- El Vinagre Chilera: bananas, chile peppers, carrots, onions, sweet peppers, Cauliflower head, green beans, guaro.
- Frijoles Negros: black beans.
- Gallo Pinto: a mix of rice and beans fried together.
- Tico Rice: white rice, cilantro, onion, sweet pepper, chicken broth or water, salt.
- Vigorón: (cabbage, chimichurri, yucca, served with a slice of lime.
- Arroz con Leche: rice pudding.
- Cajeta: confection of thickened syrup usually made of sweetened caramelised milk.
- Cono capuchino: ice-cream cone.
- Dulce de leche: milk and sugar.
- Flan: caramel custard.
- Mazamorra: corn starch pudding.
- Melcocha: candy.
- Milanes: chocolate candies.
- Pan de maiz: sweet bread made from corn.
- Queque seco: pound cake.
- Torta chilena: cake filled with dulce de leche.
- Tres Leches Costa Rica: sponge cake made with milk, vanilla and sugar.
- Gallos: tortillas filled with meat, cheese or beans.
- Tamales: masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in plantain leaves.
- Arreglados: small sandwiches filled with meat.
- Costa Rican empanadas: pastries filled with seasoned meats (pork, beef or chicken) or cheese, beans, and cubed potato stew.
- Agua dulce: sweet water made from tapa de dulce.
- Granizado: a slush drink made of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup.
- Refrescos (frescos): liquefied fruits diluted in either water or milk and sweetened.
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