Puerto Rico: Menu of Typical Dishes

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A list of typical Puerto Rican dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Puerto Rican-style meal, party or festival.

Typical Puerto Rican Dishes

Appetizers

  • Alcapurrias (Stuffed yuca fritters)
  • Bacalaítos Fritos (Deep-fried salt cod)
  • Guineitos Verdes en Salsa Aji-li-mójili (Green bananas with spicy sauce)
  • Pastelillos (Stuffed pastries)
  • Piononos (Plantain cones)
  • Tostones (Fried plantains)

Soups and Stews

  • Asopao de Gandules (Rice and pigeon pea stew)
  • Asopao de Pollo (Chicken stew)
  • Caldo Gallego (Galician sausage and greens soup)
  • Mondongo (Tripe soup)
  • Sancocho (Root vegetable stew)
  • Sopón de Pollo con Arroz (Chicken soup with rice)

Salads

  • Ensalada de Bacalao (Shredded salt cod with capers and olives)

Eggs and Dairy

  • Huevos Revueltos con Chayote (Scrambled eggs with chayote)

Poultry

  • Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with rice)
  • Pavo Estofado (Braised turkey)
  • Pollo en Fricasé (Chicken fricassee)
  • Pollo al Jerez (Chicken in sherry)
  • Pollo Guisado (Stewed chicken)

Meats

  • Albóndigas con Papas (Meatballs and potatoes)
  • Carne Agridulce (Sweet and sour beef)
  • Carne Guisada Puertoriqueña (Beef stew)
  • Lengua Estofada (Braised beef tongue)
  • Pastelillos (Stuffed pastries)
  • Pernil al Horno (Roast pork shoulder)

Fish and Seafood

  • Camarones in Cerveza (Shrimp simmered in beer)
  • Mojo Isleño (Fish with tomato-olive sauce)
  • Paella (Chicken and seafood with saffron rice)
  • Pescado Dorado (Golden fish)
  • Pescado en Escabeche (Citrus-marinated seafood)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Batatas en Almíbar (Candied sweet potatoes)
  • Chayotes Rellenos (Stuffed baked chayotes)
  • Frijoles Negros (Black beans)
  • Quimbombó Guisado (Stewed okra)
  • Habichuelas Rosadas Secas (Red bean stew)
  • Mofongo (Mashed plantains and pork cracklings)
  • Papas Empanada al Horno (Potato pudding)
  • Papas y Zanahorias (Roasted potatoes and carrots)

Breads and Grains

  • Arroz Apastelado
  • Arroz con Gandules (Rice with pigeon peas)
  • Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with rice)
  • Buñuelos de Queso (Cheese fritters)
  • Pasteles (Savory cakes in banana leaves)
  • Pastelillos (Cheese and meat turnovers)
  • Yani-clecas (Fried buns)

Sauces and Condiments

  • Achiote (Annatto oil)
  • Adobo (Latino garlic-pepper-vinegar marinade)
  • Aji-li-Mójili (Sour garlic sauce)
  • Alcaparrado (Seasoning mix of olives, raisins and capers)
  • Guava Paste
  • Mojo (Garlic sauce)
  • Sofrito (Vegetable flavoring base)
  • Vinagre de Piña (Seasoned pineapple vinegar)

Desserts

  • Arroz con Dulce (Latin rice pudding)
  • Bizcocho de Chinas Frescas (Orange cake)
  • Buñuelos de Ñame (Yam buns)
  • Flan de Leche (Caramel custard)
  • Flan de Piña (Pineapple custard)
  • Dulce de Lechosa Rallado (Papaya dessert)
  • Pastel de Coco (Coconut pie)
  • Pastel de Limón Verde (Lime pie)
  • Tembleque (Coconut pudding)

Beverages

  • Batidos (Fruit shakes)
  • Café-con-Leche (Coffee with milk)
  • Cerveza (Beer)
  • Coquito (Coconut eggnog)
  • Maví (Fermented bark beverage)
  • Limeade (Lime beverage)
  • Piña Coladas (Pineapple-coconut beverage)
  • Rum (Sugarcane liquor)