International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Central America: Cuisine and Recipes

Classic Mayan pyramid in Central America

The food of Central America is astounding in both its variety and flavor. Some of the world's favorite foodstuffs — corn, beans, peppers — orginated in this part of the world. And these same ingredients continue to form the basis of cooking for millions of Central Americans.

From Mexico in the north to Panama in the south, tortillas and tamales rule alongside rice and beans. Chile peppers add spice to dishes. Mealtimes are sweetened with a wide variety of tropical fruits.


Cuisines and Recipes of Central America