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El Salvador’s cuisine is influenced by both its pre-Colombian heritage and the Spanish conquest.

The pupusa (tortilla) is a typical dish (see picture above) – hearty, basic and tasty. As with most Pacific-facing countries in the region, ceviche (raw marinated fish, often snapper) is a popular dish, and shellfish is common in coastal areas. Visitors can expect to come across grilled clams, lobster and crabs. Salvadorans love fresh fruit (bananas, pineapple, mango and papaya are common) and minutas (crushed ice with fruit syrup) and fresh coconuts are sold on street-food stands everywhere.

El Salvador food and drink is particularly distinctive among the diverse cuisines of Central America. A blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, El Salvador food can be as familiar as chicken soup, or as exotic as fried palm flowers.

El Salvador food is varied, delicious, and fast in its own right. However, U.S. citizens hungry for American fast food can find it in restaurant franchises like Pizza Hut, Burger King, Wendy's and Subway populating El Salvador's largest cities

Breakfast in El Salvador:

El Salvador breakfasts typically include an assortment of El Salvador food, such as eggs scrambled with vegetables (huevos picados), cheese, fried plantains (platanos fritos), mashed beans and tortillas. Fresh tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and banana are a welcome accompaniment.

El Salvador Meals:

Because El Salvador boasts an extensive coastline, seafood is a common ingredient in El Salvador cuisine. Soups (sopas) and stews (caldos) are extremely popular in El Salvador, especially sopa de pata, a mix of... well, see below.

Beverages in El Salvador:

The most popular El Salvador beer is Pilsener. Characteristic non-alcoholic beverages in El Salvador include Kolachampan, a sugarcane-flavored soda; tamarind juice; horchata, a sweet herb and spice-based El Salvador drink; and ensalada ("salad"), a drinkable blend of finely chopped tropical fruits.


• Pupusa (a fried sandwich of tortillas, filled with pork, cheese, refried beans or vegetables).

• Típico salvadoreño (standard Salvadoran breakfast comprising eggs, local cheese, refried beans, fried plantains and tortillas).

• Casamiento (rice and black beans, often served for breakfast).

• Corn tortillas.

• Tamal de elote (cornflour batter with meat filling, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed). 

• Gallo en chicha (soup made from corns, rooster, and dulce de tapa). 

• Sopa de pata (soup made from plantain, cow's feet, corn and tripe).

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