Nicaragua: Menu of Typical Dishes

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

Typical Nicaraguan Dishes


  • Queso Frito (Fried cheese)
  • Tajadas (Plantain chips)

Soups and Stews

  • Mondongo (Tripe soup)
  • Sopa de Cola (Oxtail soup)




  • Baho (Steamed beef with yuca and plaintain)
  • Bistec Encebollado (Steak topped with onions)
  • Bistec Entomatado (Steak in tomato sauce)
  • Carne Asada (Grilled steak)
  • Cerdo Frito (Fried pork)
  • Churrasco (Grilled beef steak)
  • Lengua en Salsa (Beef tongue with sauce)
  • Salpicón de Res (Shredded beef salad)
  • Vigorón (Yuca, pork rind and cabbage salad)

Fish and Seafood

  • Camarones al Ajillo (Shrimp in garlic-butter sauce)
  • Chuleta de Pescado (Breaded fish filet)
  • Pescado a la Tipitapa (Whole red snapper Tipitapa-style)

Vegetables and Beans

Breads and Grains

  • Arroz (White rice)
  • Nacatamales (Meat and vegetable-filled tamales)
  • Quesillos (Tortilla with cheese and onions)
  • Tamales de Elote (Fresh corncakes)
  • Tortillas (Corn flatbread)



  • Arroz con Leche (Rice pudding)
  • Buñuelos de Yuca (Yuca fritters)
  • Flan de Leche (Caramel custard)
  • Pastel de Tres Leches (Central American cake of three milks)
  • Pío Quinto (Rum cake)


  • Café con Leche (Coffee with milk)
  • Cebada (Barley beverage)
  • Chicha (Fermented corn beverage)
  • Horchata de Arroz (Sweet rice beverage)
  • Pinolillo (Cocoa cornmeal beverage)
  • Pitahaya (Dragon fruit beverage)
  • Pozol (Fermented corn beverage)
  • Tiste (Corn and cacao beverage)