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    These 18 Traditional Dishes Prove That Puerto Rico Has The Best Food

    You haven’t lived until you try all of these!

    1. Mofongo

    What is it: Deep-fried green plantains mashed together with sautéed onion, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients such pork or seafood.

    Taste: Heavenly & delicious.

    Conclusion: Why don’t we eat more mofongo?

    Get a recipe here.

    2. Pernil

    What is it: Slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder, commonly made for holidays & special occasions.

    Taste: Crunchy skin, tender meat, this dish is the Puerto Rican equivalent to a Thanksgiving turkey.


    Get a recipe here.

    3. Arroz con gandules

    What is it: A combination of rice, pigeon peas, and pork, cooked in the same pot with sofrito. It is one of the signature rice dishes of Puerto Rican cuisine.

    Taste: Like substance of the gods.

    Conclusion: Pernil + arroz con gandules = #winning

    Get a recipe here.

    4. Pastelón

    What is it: Sweet plantains mashed together and layered with ground beef much like lasagna.

    Taste: Savory & sweet.

    Conclusion: Add pastelón to your bucket list.

    Get a recipe here.

    5. Alcapurrias

    What is it: Deep-fried "fritters," made of grated taro root (yautia), green plantains, and filled with savory ground meat or fish.

    Taste: Delectable.

    Conclusion: Alcapurria food trucks on every corner.

    Get a recipe here.

    6. Chicharrones de pollo

    What is it: Crispy, tender, deep-fried chicken pieces.

    Taste: Much like traditional fried chicken but NOT.

    Conclusion: Just book a trip to Puerto Rico and try everything on this list already.

    Get a recipe here.

    7. Sancocho

    What is it: A hearty beef stew filled with starch vegetables like yucca, potatoes, and plantains.

    Taste: Delightful and comforting.

    Conclusion: Will fill your stomach and your soul.

    Get a recipe here.

    8. Trifongo

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    What is it: Mofongo with sweet plantains thrown into the mix as well.

    Taste: Sweet & deeply rich.

    Conclusion: This is for the indecisive, if you want mofongo but you also want pastelón, go with trifongo!

    Get a recipe here.

    9. Pollo Guisado

    What is it: The Puerto Rican version of chicken stew.

    Taste: Nostalgia at its finest.

    Conclusion: For the traditionalist and deep flavor lovers.

    Get a recipe here.

    10. Serenata de Bacalao

    What is it: Cod fish is the star of this traditional cuisine, it becomes extremely popular during spring and summer!

    Taste: Savory.

    Conclusion: If you like fish, this is not to be missed!

    Get a recipe here.

    11. Habichuelas Guisadas

    What is it: Seasoned and stewed pinto beans, a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine.

    Taste: Hearty, but not your average pot of beans.

    Conclusion: Click the recipe to see how these beans get their extra boost of flavor!

    Get a recipe here.

    12. Tostones

    What is it: Twice-fried green plantain slices.

    Taste: Traditional and rich.

    Conclusion: "You complete me." - Rice & Beans

    Get a recipe here.

    13. Coquito

    What is it: Coconut-based alcoholic (rum) beverage, a holiday favorite.

    Taste: Eggnog's Puerto Rican cousin, will bring all the feels of the Christmas season.

    Conclusion: Please don't die yet, especially if you haven't tried this.

    Get a recipe here.

    14. Piononos

    What is it: A miniature version of pastelón – lasagna-style sweet plantains and picadillo (sautéed ground beef).

    Taste: Sweet & robust.

    Conclusion: If you don't want to cook a whole pastelón try piononos. ;)

    Get a recipe here.

    15. Rellenos de Papa

    What is it: Mashed potatoes, seasoned ground beef, crispy crust.

    Taste: You know you'll like this.

    Conclusion: Not your average potato ball, it's all about the seasoning!

    Get a recipe here.

    16. Jibarito — Chicago

    What is it: Pronounced hee-bah-ree-toe, it's a sandwich made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread, garlic-flavored mayonnaise, and a filling that typically includes meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. (Please note: while jibaritos have their roots in Puerto Rico, this dish was originally created in Chicago by a Puerto Rican chef.)

    Taste: Rich, substituting green plantains for bread? Genius!

    Conclusion: Find a jibarito sandwich on the menu at many Latin American restaurants or try it at home! It's simple.

    Get a recipe here.

    17. Empanadillas

    What is it: A fried meat pie, can be stuffed with ground beef, chicken. or cheese.

    Taste: Finger-lickin' good

    Conclusion: Easy & accessible DIY recipe! Yes, you too can make this at home!

    Get a recipe here.

    18. Pasteles

    What is it: Think of a tamal, but not. The masa exterior is made from green plantains and malanga root, stuffed with ground beef, chicken, or pork.

    Taste: Memorable.

    Conclusion: Perhaps an acquired taste for the untrained tongue but also a MUST TRY, so please add this traditional dish to your bucket list as well.

    Get a recipe here.

    Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments below.