Food·Updated on Feb 19, 2017These 18 Traditional Dishes Prove That Puerto Rico Has The Best FoodYou haven’t lived until you try all of these!by by Javier MorenoBuzzFeed Staff, by Alexis GarciaBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Mofongo instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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. Conclusion: PLEASE, YOU MUST TRY A PERNIL BEFORE YOU DIE. Get a recipe here. 3. Arroz con gandules instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 Sweets and Beyond / Via youtube.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 instagram.com What is it: Twice-fried green plantain slices.Taste: Traditional and rich.Conclusion: "You complete me." - Rice & BeansGet a recipe here. 13. Coquito instagram.com 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 instagram.com 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 youtube.com 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 instagram.com 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 youtube.com What is it: A fried meat pie, can be stuffed with ground beef, chicken. or cheese. Taste: Finger-lickin' goodConclusion: Easy & accessible DIY recipe! Yes, you too can make this at home! Get a recipe here. 18. Pasteles youtube.com 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.