Best Food of Ecuador
There are unforgettable foods, foods that make you feel sensations not so many make you feel. In Ecuador, you will have the opportunity of eating for the first time many of these foods, and understand why they are so popular.
Nothing like the food you eat at home, but why not change a little bit from time to time? Ecuador’s most common dishes are so delicious that you will be likely to ask for more and more! See this list we prepared for you:
1. Main foods
Chicken Seco (Seco de Pollo): it’s a stew made with chicken and the traditional condiments used in most Latin American countries: garlic, onion, tomatoes, peppers, and spices. People usually serve it with rice and fried plantains.
Potato Locro (Locro de Papas): it’s a creamy soup that includes potatoes, milk, red pepper, cilantro and some more herbs, avocado, cheese, and hot sauce. Even spoiled kids love it!
Lentil Menestra (Menestra de Lentejas): stewed lentils usually served with fried plaintains and rice.
Humitas: they are made from fresh ground corn dough, filled or mixed with onions, eggs, pork, chicken, raisins, or cheese. They are wrapped with a corn husk, and then they are steamed.
Llapingachos: fried potato patties filled with cheese and topped with fried eggs. Ask for pork, beef or sausage to eat them!
Cevichochos: vegetarian ceviche made with Chocho beans, onion, tomato, coriander, salt, lime, and sometimes hot sauce. Topped with plantain chips or roasted corn.
2. Snacks and desserts
Yucca bread (Pan de yuca): soft bread made from yucca flour, cheese, butter and eggs.
Casabe: you can find it in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and it’s an indigenous recipe that has lasted centuries not only in Ecuador, but in other Latin American (and Amazonian) countries such as Venezuela and Colombia. It’s a kind of tortilla cracker made only from yucca.
Choclo: It’s a crunchy roasted kernel that can be topped with cheese or be eaten alone.
Patacones: partially-sweet green plantains that are squashed to look like small patties; then they are fried.
Fruit juices: Ecuador is plenty of exotic fruits such as the naranjilla (lulo), tomate de árbol (tamarillo), guanábana (soursop), maracuya (passion fruit), mora (blackberry), and many more. All of them are just mouthwatering; you cannot travel to Ecuador without having at least a taste of some of them!
Pineapple Chicha (Chicha de piña): spiced pineapple made from simmered pineapple skins and core with brown sugar and spices.
Purple Corn Colada (Colada morada): one of the most traditional beverages in Ecuador. It is made with purple-black corn and mixed with fruits like naranjilla, pineapple, strawberries, or blueberries. It is sweetened with cane sugar (panela), and also spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and lemongrass.
Come with Galapagos Center Expedition and discover more foods and drinks in Ecuador that will leave you starving!