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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to San Salvador is complete without tasting the traditional San Salvador food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in San Salvador to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.



  • Caldo de Res: beef soup.
  • Gallo en Chicha: soup made with rooster, corn, and dulce de tapa and other ingredients.
  • Posole: soup made with pork and hominy.
  • Sopa de Pata: hearty Salvadoran soup made from the tripes of a cow, plantain, corn, tomatoes, cabbage and spices.
  • Taco Soup: soup is made with ground beef, onion, pinto beans, kernel corn, tomatoes and taco seasoning.


Main courses


Fast food

  • Panes con pavo: warm turkey submarine sandwich.
  • Panes rellenos: warm submarine sandwiches.
  • Pasteles: red tinted corn flour-based dish with a unique stuffing of either beef or chicken

Street food

  • Pupusa: traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla filled with cheese, cooked pork meat and refried beans.
  • Riguas: smooth, elongated-shaped tortilla.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Atol de Elote: sweet corn and milk drink.
  • Atol de Piña: sweet pineapple drink.
  • Atole: masa-based hot drink.
  • Champurrado: chocolate-based atole, a warm and thick Mexican drink.
  • Ensalada: popular beverage made of pineapple juice with finely chopped fruits, usually apples, marañón, mamey, and watercress.
  • Horchata (orxata): traditional beverage, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts (chufas).
  • Kolachampan: soda with sugar cane flavor.
  • Licuado: blended beverage similar to smoothies, made with milk, fruit, and usually ice.
  • Mauby: tree bark-based beverage.
  • Tamarind Juice: combined tamarind, water and sugar or honey.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Chicha: fermented beverage, derived from maize.
  • Ginger beer: carbonated drink that is flavored primarily with ginger and sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  • Regia: local beer.
  • Suprema: premier local beer.

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