Ecuador: Menu of Typical Dishes

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

Typical Ecuadorian Dishes

Antojitos (Appetizers and Snacks)

  • Cancha (Toasted corn snack)
  • Chifles (Plantain chips)

Sopas (Soups and Stews)

  • Encebollado (Seafood soup)
  • Locro (Potato-cheese soup)
  • Sopa de Tomates con Platanos (Tomato soup with plantains)

Carne (Meats)

  • Arroz con Menestra y Carne (Beef with rice and beans)
  • Charqui (Dried meat jerky)
  • Cuy (Guinea pig)

Pescado y Mariscos (Fish and Seafood)

  • Bollos de Pescado (Fish and peanut wrapped in banana leaves)
  • Ceviche (Citrus-marinated seafood)
  • Encocado de Pescado (Fish with coconut sauce)

Verduras y Frijoles (Vegetables and Beans)

Pan y Arroz (Breads and Grains)

  • Arroz con Menestra y Carne Asada (Rice with meat and beans)
  • Humitas (Incan tamales)
  • Pan de Yuca (Cassava bread)

Salsas (Sauces)

  • Aji Costeño (Coastal pepper sauce)
  • Aji Serrano (Serrano pepper sauce)

Escabeche (Pickles and Preserves)

  • Cebollas Encurtidas (Pickles red onions)

Postres (Desserts)

  • Bien me Sabe (Coconut dessert)

Bebidas (Beverages)

  • Chicha de Jora (Fermented corn beverage)
  • Cuáker (Oatmeal beverage)