Traditional Food In Honduras

traditional food in honduras
Contributing Writer
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Honduras meaning “depths” in Spanish, is a Central American country blessed with the Caribbean Sea coastal lines to the north and the Pacific Ocean resting in the south. The country got its independence from Spain in 1821 and became one of the provinces of Central America. Honduran cuisine is a blend of indigenous cuisines like Lenca cuisine, Garifuna cuisine, and Maya cuisine. Other dishes include chicken with corn and rice, roast meat with carne asada and chismol, and to top it all, coconut milk and coconut are featured in both savory and sweet dishes. Besides the Caribbean and African influences the Spanish invasion also had an important part in making the local cuisine a favorite around the world. Read below to find out about the traditional food in Honduras.

1. Carne Asada

Carne asada
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If you are looking for a meal full of flavor, then take a bite of Carne Asada. It consists of Grilled beef after being marinated with lemon, sugar, black pepper, cumin seed, and vinegar. Best served hot, the tanginess of lemon complements the charred flavor of this mouthwatering dish. It is a favorite choice of a meal by local people, mostly served with toasted tortillas.

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2. Baleadas

What can go wrong with an abundance of cheese and cream? This traditional food is the ideal meal preferably as the main dish or for breakfast. There are different variations like baleada sencillas and baleanda mixta. Its ingredients are avocados, beans, traditional flour tortilla enough cheese fillings and sometimes with ground beef and scrambled eggs depending on how you like it.

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3. Enchilada

enchiladas at La Tortilla Feliz
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If you are looking to experience the best of the many variations of tortilla, then you can not afford to miss a bite of Enchilada. This is another form of tortilla just with a different method of preparation. It consists of fried corn tortilla with a topping of onions, garlic cooked some boiled eggs ground beef, and bell pepper. The mixed flavors of chicken along with Worcestershire, eggs and tomato sauce offer a divine pleasure to your taste buds, enough to make you go crazy.

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4. Pastelitos De Carne

Another type of meat pie which is a popular and well-known is the Pastelitos De Carne. It is prepared and cooked with wine, onion, tomatoes, raisin, and sugar before being stuffed into a pastry. The final product is golden brown, soft yet crunchy with a moist and delicate taste of the filling. A common snack among the locals and tastes best if served with shredded cabbages and tomato sauce.

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5. Honduran Taco

If you are a lover of tacos and would love to tease different types and prepared in different ways, then this a meal you can not afford to miss out. Full of natural flavor and the aroma that makes you salivate, the Honduran taco is taco stuffed with ground beef cooked with shredded cabbage, oregano, tomato paste, salt, pepper and tortillas used as the base. It is preferably served with salsa sprinkled on the tacos with ample cheese. Just as delicious as you can imagine, this is undoubtedly the tastiest meal you can ever try.

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6. Horchata

Take a sip of this famous Honduran drink, a simple blend of cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, rice and milk added afterwards. This Honduran horchata drink is made using jicaro seed in place of rice, giving it a distinct flavor. Cashew nuts, almonds, cocoa, and peanuts are used to give it a rich taste.

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7. Pupusa

Pupusa is a staple food of Honduras and it is very similar to the well-known tortilla. There are many different types and variations of pupusa, all depending on the filling. It has a smooth, soft but crispy texture that will make your mouth water at first glance and it is irresistible to anyone. Pupusa is prepared with mozzarella, quesillo and beans. It is basically a thick tortilla stuffed with grilled pork cheese and beans. This meal can be found anywhere and if you know your way around the kitchen, you can prepare it at home.

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8. Sopa De Frijoles

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This healthy meal is commonly eaten as an appetizer before meals. Sopa De Frijoles is a sumptuous soup of black beans and it is cooked with tomatoes, coriander and paprika. This is the type of soup that leaves you licking your lips and bowl and making you ask for more, and once you start eating, you will not want to stop. You can try it with some tortilla just to get a mix of flavors in your mouth. You can also try mixing foods by trying out this meal with the Indian chapati guaranteed to make your mouth explode with flavor and satisfaction.

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9. Tres Leches cake

Tres Leches Cake (4)
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If you have a sweet tooth or if you are just a lover of cake then this dish is for you. A favorite among the Honduras locals, this cake is very simple to make with the ingredients found easily and anywhere. It is basically a regular caked baked using eggs, milk and other ingredients depending on how you love your cake and a cherry at the top. You can use coconut in the preparation and it is best served as a dessert but can be taken at any time of the day.

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10. Ceviche De Corvina

If you are looking for seafood then this is the meal to take. This meal’s ingredients consist of coconut milk, red onion, fish fillet and orange juice refrigerated overnight giving it that explosive flavor. This mouthwatering and flavorsome dish can be taken by anyone including those who are not allowed to take red meat because of health or any other reasons. If you know your way around the kitchen then this a meal you have to try out at home and you are guaranteed to get people asking for more.

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Foods to taste while in Honduras

With this list of Honduras cuisines, you cannot miss getting one or two favorites. Both for meat lovers and vegetarians, you are sure to end up asking for more. These foods are prepared to make you wish you never stopped eating.

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