Recipes & Food of Costa Rica
Traditional Costa Rican Food & Recipes
Drawing mainly from the Caribbean and Central American culture, Costa Rican food is characterized by its use of basic grains like rice, beans, and corn, which are included in almost every meal. Breakfasts consist of a rice and beans dish called “Gallo pinto” or just “pinto,” which is usually served with sour cream, eggs, plantains, and cheese. “Pinto” can also be found in other meals throughout the day and is served almost everywhere in the country. It's such a staple that most locals will tell you that if you visit Costa Rica and did not have "pinto," you didn't really visit Costa Rica. Make sure to try it at least once!