El Salvador: Menu of Typical Dishes

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

Typical Salvadoran Dishes

Soups and Stews

  • Caldo de Pescado (Fish stew)
  • Caldo de Pollo (Chicken stew)
  • Caldo de Res (Beef stew)
  • Sopa de Pata (Cow's foot soup)




  • Carne Asada (Grilled steak)
  • Lomo Entomatado (Beef with tomatoes)
  • Pastel de Carne (Meat pies)
  • Salpicón de Res (Shredded beef with tomatoes, chiles and cilantro)

Fish and Seafood

  • Ceviche de Camarones (Lime-cooked shrimp)
  • Pescado Empanizado (Breaded, fried fish filets)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Casamiento (Black beans and rice)
  • Chiles Rellenos (Stuffed chile peppers)
  • Frijoles Refritos (Refried beans)
  • Pacalla (Batter-fried palm flowers with tomato sauce)
  • Plátanos Fritos (Fried ripe plantains)
  • Yuca Frita con Chicharrón (Fried yuca with pork cracklings)

Breads and Grains

  • Casamiento (Black beans and rice)
  • Pupusas (Stuffed masa flatbread)
  • Tamales de Elote (Fresh corncakes)
  • Tamales Pisques (Tamales stuffed with black beans)
  • Tamales Salvadoreños (Tamales stuffed with chicken and potatoes)
  • Ticucos ("Travelers" tamales)
  • Tortillas (Corn flatbread)

Sauces and Condiments



  • Atol de Elote (Corn beverage)
  • Atole de Piña (Pineapple beverage)
  • Atol de Shuco (Purple corn beverage)
  • Batido (Fruit milkshake)
  • Café de Maíz (Toasted corn "coffee")
  • Cerveza (Beer)
  • Chicha (Fermented corn beverage)
  • Horchata (Sweet rice beverage; see recipe notes)
  • Kolashanpan (Salvadoran cola)