Curious about the cuisines of Central America? Read our guides and essays to deepen your knowledge of Central American food history, cooking techniques, ingredients, and more.

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hearts of palm salsa with blue corn chips on a plate
Hearts of Palm Salsa
Gallopinto served with warm corn tortillas, scrambled eggs, and queso fresco on the side
Gallopinto (Nicaraguan Rice and Beans)
Salpicón, white rice, red kidney beans, and a slice of lime on a blue plate on a marble counter.
Salpicón (Nicaraguan Minced Meat) Recipe
a plate of copycat Pollo Campero fried chicken
Homemade Pollo Campero (Central American–Style Fried Chicken) Recipe
Alfajores Con Cajeta (Vanilla Shortbread With Goat's-Milk Toffee) Recipe
Arroz Aguado (Nicaraguan Chicken and Rice Stew) Recipe
Fried Yuca with Spicy Mayo
Latin American Cuisine: How To Make Fried Yuca
Torta de Elotes (Corn Torte) Recipe
Pío V (Nicaraguan Christmas Cake) Recipe
Frijoles Molidos (Refried Beans) Recipe
Meet the Empanadas of Latin America
Tres Leches de Coco (Coconut Tres Leches Cake) Recipe
Atolillo (Simple Custard) Recipe
Overhead view of Sopa de Albóndigas de Pollo
Sopa de Albóndigas de Pollo (Nicaraguan Chicken Meatball Soup)
A blue plate holding a serving of Nicaraguan arroz con pollo, with a slice of buttered white bread. There is a spoon on the plate, and on the righthand side of the image is a stainless steel pan holding more arroz con pollo, and a small bowl holding grated cheese.
Nicaraguan Arroz con Pollo Recipe
Fried plantains on a plate
Fried Plantain Chips Recipe
Closeup of Buñuelos de Yuca y Queso (Yuca and Cheese Fritters), fresh from the fryer.
Buñuelos de Yuca y Queso (Yuca and Cheese Fritters)
Pollo Campero–Seasoned Fried Plantain Chips Recipe
Higos en Miel (Poached Figs) Recipe
Fried Yuca with Spicy Mayo Recipe
Latin American Cuisine: Vigorón or Chicharrón con Yuca (Yuca and Pork Rinds)
Dulces: Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos