Among all the cuisine in Central America, the food of El Salvador is unique in many aspects. Salvadorian cuisine is the finest amalgam of Spanish and American food. In El Salvador, the main source of carbohydrate is corn, maize, and flour. On the other hand, they like to have chicken, pork, and beef to satisfy their need for meat. However, you will even find seafood as the Pacific Ocean has a major role to play in their lifestyle.
Here is a list of common and traditional foods of El Salvador
This is the national dish of El Salvador. You might first assume it to be a pancake but it is not. It is homemade tortillas that are stuffed with varieties of filling. You find these tortillas to be filled with beans, pork, loroco, and cheese.
However, if you want to avoid the pork you can happily do that. Because not all the visitors who visit this beautiful land are non-veggies. Moreover, the tortillas are topped with tomato sauce and server with sour cabbage salad.
Pupusas taste a bit sweet because of the corn flour but the sweetness is balanced by the stuffing. It has a great aroma and wonderful taste.
Sopa De Pata
Sopa de pata is particularly a soup that is very popular in El Salvador. You will find this soup in every restaurant and in every Salvadorian kitchen. This soup is made of tripe, yucca, corn, beans, tomatoes, cabbages and cow’s feet. These all are stewed in lemon juice and cilantro.
This traditional soup of El Salvador is very thick and a little amount of it will make you feel full in a short time. This is the favorite food of those who like tripe. It is a perfect meal for any lunch with everything in one bowl.
This dish might seem like a long dumpling but it is not. It is an authentic food of El Salvador and the main ingredient of this dish is corn. It is actually a corn dough served with different fillings. You can either choose meat, cheese or vegetables for your filling as it always depends upon the taste of the eater.
However, the corn dough is filled with different fillings and wrapped with banana leaves. This is then left for the purpose of steaming for half an hour. Finally, the tamales are ready. Basically, the taste of this dish depends upon the filling, so if you intend to have meat then the taste will be different than that of any vegetable fillings.