Food from Puerto Rico is one of a kind, and if you ever get the chance to taste these dishes, you’ll be more than amazed. You’ll literally fall in love and immediately want to move to Puerto Rico just for their food. What’s better than piña colada on a sunny beach day, some mofongo or tripleta in a traditional restaurant in the downtown of the beautiful San Juan?
This one is very specific, it’s their “thing” and they are very proud of it. You can find this dish anywhere, it’s literally everywhere you go in Puerto Rico. Basically, it’s mashed fried plantains, garlic, a lot of garlic, chicharrones (fried pork skin), and it’s usually served with pork or even chicken, octopus, crab meat, seafood, skirt steak. It should be soft, so in combination with the crunchy chicharrones, it will make you go crazy. It’s one of the best food in Puerto Rico.
Give it a try, you won’t regret it! It’s a delicious sandwich made with chicken, ham, beef, all of them, this is why it’s called “tripleta”. A bomb of meat! If you find it on the street, you should know that it may contain another ingredient, like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, ketchup, mayonnaise, and maybe some potato sticks. And you can ask for it to be grilled, so you can have as crispy a sandwich as you want.
The famous pina colada! Imagine laying on the cold sand on a beach at 3 am and drinking this pina colada. Or on a sunny day, you relax near a pool and enjoy your life by drinking some pina colada. Amazing, isn’t it? This drink is the official drink in Puerto Rico since 1978 and you find it literally everywhere you go (bars, restaurants, everywhere). This frosty pina colada will blow your mind!
They are so tiny, so you’ll get obsessed! They are fried plantains, flattened into little medallions, crispy and golden brown, and usually, they are served with meat. They must be double-fried for the incredible taste which they are known for.
Such a delicious dish with chicken! The chicken comes with sofrito, potatoes, garlic, onions, chicken broth, sazon, cumin, tomato sauce, bay leaf.
Empanadas de Pollo
They are empanadas filled with shredded chicken, green olives, onion, and cilantro, and they are also a traditional dish you can find anywhere.
Arroz y habichuelas
Such a simple dish; rice and pink beans stewed with peppers, garlic, ham, sofrito, onions. Also, sofrito it’s a base made of onions, cilantro, garlic, cilantro, peppers, oregano. The rice is cooked separately and the beans come with olive oil and some salt besides.
Flan de queso
A traditional dish that comes from Puerto Rico is one of the best foods you’ll try if you ever decide to visit the country. It’s a caramel custard combined with cheesecake. The ingredients are condensed milk, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla flavor, caramel sauce, and optionally you can add chocolate, coconut, any flavor you want, even fruits. I highly recommend candied fruits!
The perfect breakfast! It’s crunchy and warm, flavoured with cheese, guava, salted caramel, even bacon (crazy, isn’t it?), dulce de leche. Basically, they are deep-fried snacks filled with flavours and cream cheese and then you put them like usually in a deep fryer so it will be crunchy.
Clearly one of my favorites! Lechón is basically a whole pig marinated in a mix of garlic, some oregano, black pepper, water, and vinegar called adobo. Then, the pig is roasted for hours until the meat turns juicy and its skin turns sort of crispy.