What I Ate in Costa Rica

For “What I Ate Wednesday,” I’d like to share some of the meals I had during my recent trip to Costa Rica. The food tended to be simple, healthy, and flavorful, featuring a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.


A typical Costa Rican breakfast featured rice and beans (pinto gallo) with eggs and toast. A slice of cheese would also often be included.

Costa Rica breakfast

Huevos chilenos


A typical lunch choice found everywhere was a casado, which translates to “married man.” It was the traditional meal that married men would be served at home. The basic ingredients would be rice and beans, salad, and a choice of chicken or fish. There would often also be plantains and corn tortillas, as well as a variety of vegetables and a slice of white cheese.

Costa Rica casado

This lunch at the Don Juan Educational Farm included salad, corn, papaya root, plantain, yucca chips, talapia, rice, and beans. Almost all the ingredients came from the farm.

Casado Costa Rica

This lunch at a coffee plantation tour, El Trapiche, featured chicken, potato, beans, salad, squash, corn tortillas, breaded green beans, cheese, and rice.

Casado Costa Rica
A simple casado of chicken, salad, beans, and rice


If I had a big lunch, a nice light dinner that was widely available was ceviche, fish or different types of seafood pickled in lime juice.

Costa Rica cuisine

A wide variety of foods were available for dinner, including a lot of seafood.

Costa Rica cuisine
Whole Red Snapper with Salad and Fries (and an Imperial, a Costa Rican beer)

Costa Rica cuisine
Chicken Curry Crepe

Snacks and Drinks

At one hotel, I saw a man grinding fresh corn and a woman cooking chorreadas, a Costa Rican corn pancake. They were gracious enough to let me take their picture as I tried to speak to them in my few basic phrases of Spanish. They then brought a delicious one over for me to try, hot off the griddle.

Costa Rican cuisine
Chorreadas at Hotel El Atardecer in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Coffee is grown in Costa Rica, and it was delicious.

Costa Rica cuisine
Coffee and coffee beans

Costa Rica coffee
Latte frio

Sugar cane Costa Rica

Sugar cane is grown in Costa Rica also. In the above picture, a guide is using a machete to cut my group pieces of sugar cane to chew as a snack.

Costa Rica sugar cane

We also had a beverage made from sugar cane. In the above picture, people are pressing sugar cane to get the juice out. We then had a drink of fresh sugar cane juice with guaro, a liquor made from sugar cane.

¡Pura vida!

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6 Responses to What I Ate in Costa Rica

  1. Looks like you had a marvelous time!

  2. Amanda says:

    Oooh that all looks amazing! Especially that snapper. The sugar cane reminds me of living in Japan – we would chew on it as a treat too. 🙂
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