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A Beginner's Guide To Salvadorian Cuisine

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Pupusas

When it comes to Salvadorian food, this is square one. These delights are the undisputed national dish of El Salvador. Pupusas are handmade from corn flour which are then filled with delectable ingredients such as cheese, beans, or pork (also known as chicharron).
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When it comes to Salvadorian food, this is square one. These delights are the undisputed national dish of El Salvador. Pupusas are handmade from corn flour which are then filled with delectable ingredients such as cheese, beans, or pork (also known as chicharron).

Loroco

Loroco are unopened flower buds that play the role of an herb. Its extremely fresh taste compares to eating chard or spinach. Often Loroco is used as a filling in Pupusas.
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Loroco are unopened flower buds that play the role of an herb. Its extremely fresh taste compares to eating chard or spinach. Often Loroco is used as a filling in Pupusas.

Curtido & Salsa

These sides are insepreable (think Bey and Jay status). Curtido is basically a Salvadorian sauerkraut made of cabbage, carrots and onions. This slaw is then topped with a savory salsa. Pupusas are never served without these two by their side.
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These sides are insepreable (think Bey and Jay status). Curtido is basically a Salvadorian sauerkraut made of cabbage, carrots and onions. This slaw is then topped with a savory salsa. Pupusas are never served without these two by their side.

Tamales de Gallina/Pollo

Various countries in Latin America have their own variation of chicken tamales. In El Salvador these pillows of savory dough are typically filled with ingredients like chicken, chickpeas, and potato. They are then wrapped in banana leaves which enhances their flavor and give the tamales an incredible aroma.
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Various countries in Latin America have their own variation of chicken tamales. In El Salvador these pillows of savory dough are typically filled with ingredients like chicken, chickpeas, and potato. They are then wrapped in banana leaves which enhances their flavor and give the tamales an incredible aroma.

Tamales de Elote

These tamales are made with corn, sugar, salt, butter and then wrapped in corn leaves. They taste a little more sweet than savory and are typically served alongside cheese or sour cream. For an added crunch they are sometimes fried... and who doesn't love anything fried, am I right?
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These tamales are made with corn, sugar, salt, butter and then wrapped in corn leaves. They taste a little more sweet than savory and are typically served alongside cheese or sour cream. For an added crunch they are sometimes fried... and who doesn't love anything fried, am I right?

Pasteles

Yes, I know what you maybe thinking, "Doesn't 'pastel' mean 'cake' in Spanish?" Well in El Salvador pastel also stands for an empanada-like dish filled with chicken or beef with potatoes, onions and carrots. What makes the Salvadorian pastel unique is the use of achiote powder which gives the dough a reddish/orange color.
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Yes, I know what you maybe thinking, "Doesn't 'pastel' mean 'cake' in Spanish?"

Well in El Salvador pastel also stands for an empanada-like dish filled with chicken or beef with potatoes, onions and carrots. What makes the Salvadorian pastel unique is the use of achiote powder which gives the dough a reddish/orange color.

Desayuno Típico

What you see here is a typical Salvadorian breakfast aka a breakfast of champions. It includes sweet fried plantains, beans, sour cream, eggs and cheese.
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What you see here is a typical Salvadorian breakfast aka a breakfast of champions. It includes sweet fried plantains, beans, sour cream, eggs and cheese.

Panes/Sándwiches

Vietnam has the Bánh Mì, El Salvador has Panes. Panes are french bread rolls (pan frances) stuffed with chicken, watercress, tomato, cucumber, radishes and a tasty tomato sauce. For Salvadorians, these sandwiches go HARD during the holidays.
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Vietnam has the Bánh Mì, El Salvador has Panes. Panes are french bread rolls (pan frances) stuffed with chicken, watercress, tomato, cucumber, radishes and a tasty tomato sauce. For Salvadorians, these sandwiches go HARD during the holidays.

Mariscada

This seafood stew is like royalty. Like I'm talking an Iron Throne, Khaleesi type of stew. It includes clams, shrimp, crab, fish, lobster and squid. Add some lime and you'll see why its absolutely poppin'.
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This seafood stew is like royalty. Like I'm talking an Iron Throne, Khaleesi type of stew. It includes clams, shrimp, crab, fish, lobster and squid. Add some lime and you'll see why its absolutely poppin'.

Queso Seco/ Queso Duro

Like parmesan, this hard cheese is packed with flavor so a little goes a long way. It tastes similar to feta cheese and can be eaten with anything from eggs to tamales. In El Salvador it's common to grate this cheese and sprinkle it over french fries.
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Like parmesan, this hard cheese is packed with flavor so a little goes a long way. It tastes similar to feta cheese and can be eaten with anything from eggs to tamales. In El Salvador it's common to grate this cheese and sprinkle it over french fries.

Cuajada

Popular across Central America, Cuajada is a soft cheese made from milk curds. Its crumbly consistency is perfect to eat alongside beans and tortillas.
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Popular across Central America, Cuajada is a soft cheese made from milk curds. Its crumbly consistency is perfect to eat alongside beans and tortillas.

Charamusca

Basically, these frozen treats are small plastic bags filled almost anything you'd like, from sweet milk to fruit juice. To eat you simply bite off a piece from the corner and off you go.
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Basically, these frozen treats are small plastic bags filled almost anything you'd like, from sweet milk to fruit juice. To eat you simply bite off a piece from the corner and off you go.

Nuegados

These balls of fried dough are made with yuca/cassava flour. They are then coated with a warm syrup made of panela. Serve with a side of coffee and they make a perfect dessert after eating all those Pupusas.
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These balls of fried dough are made with yuca/cassava flour. They are then coated with a warm syrup made of panela. Serve with a side of coffee and they make a perfect dessert after eating all those Pupusas.

Conserva de Coco

This sweet and chewy treat is typically made of shredded coconut, panela syrup, and cinnamon.
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This sweet and chewy treat is typically made of shredded coconut, panela syrup, and cinnamon.

Chocobananos

Chocobananos are sweet popsicles that are both delicious and easy to make. Basically, they are frozen bananas dipped in hot melted chocolate. You may be able to find the melting chocolate at a grocery store that sells Central American products.
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Chocobananos are sweet popsicles that are both delicious and easy to make. Basically, they are frozen bananas dipped in hot melted chocolate. You may be able to find the melting chocolate at a grocery store that sells Central American products.

Atol de Elote

This delicious drink dates back to the ancient Mayans. Atol de elote is a sweet, thick, hot beverage made of milk, corn and cinnamon. There are other types of atol including pineapple and mango flavors.
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This delicious drink dates back to the ancient Mayans. Atol de elote is a sweet, thick, hot beverage made of milk, corn and cinnamon. There are other types of atol including pineapple and mango flavors.

Semita de Piña

This buttery pastry is a tart filled with tangy, sweet pineapple filling. Trust me, it's worth the calories.
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This buttery pastry is a tart filled with tangy, sweet pineapple filling. Trust me, it's worth the calories.

Quesadillas

This is El Salvador's version of pound cake, made with various cheeses and rice flour. This rich and fluffy sweetbread is popular for dessert and coffee breaks.
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This is El Salvador's version of pound cake, made with various cheeses and rice flour. This rich and fluffy sweetbread is popular for dessert and coffee breaks.

Empanadas de Leche

Now these babies are too good to pass up. Empanadas are made with mashed, ripe plantains stuffed with a sweet milk custard. Once they are rolled into little balls, they are fried and sprinkled with sugar. They can be eaten for dessert, breakfast, midnight snack...basically anytime you feel like it.
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Now these babies are too good to pass up. Empanadas are made with mashed, ripe plantains stuffed with a sweet milk custard. Once they are rolled into little balls, they are fried and sprinkled with sugar. They can be eaten for dessert, breakfast, midnight snack...basically anytime you feel like it.

So now that you have this guide, go out and explore!

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And most importantly, get ready to GRUB.

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