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Nicaragua: Recipes and Cuisine

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"La comida Nica," as Nicaraguans call their cuisine, is a Latin creole mix of indigenous and Spanish dishes and ingredients. Corn, beans, plantains, yuca and pork are popular ingredients. Seafood is common along the Caribbean coast. Nicaraguans make extensive use of a wide variety of tropical fruits. Typical dishes include nacatamales, vigorón, indio viejo and gallo pinto.

Typical Nicaraguan Dishes

Nicaraguan Recipes

Try these recipes from Nicaragua.


Freshly steamed nacatamal

(Honduran, Nicaraguan meat and vegetable-filled tamales)

Gallo Pinto

Central American gallo pinto with eggs

(Costa Rican, Nicaraguan red beans and rice)


Plate of baho

(Nicaraguan beef, plantains and yuca steamed in banana leaves)


Vigorón (Nicaraguan yuca, pork rind and cabbage salad)

(Nicaraguan yuca, pork rind and cabbage salad)


Nicaraguan pinolillo gourds

(Nicaraguan, Costa Rican cocoa-cornmeal drink)


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