Looking for Puerto Rican inspiration? You can enjoy more Puerto Rican cuisine in your home when you prepare any of these rich and flavorful Puerto Rican recipes.
Puerto Rico has one of the most unique culinary scenes on Earth. It resides in the middle of the Caribbean, so Puerto Rican cuisine has various influences.
Many people compare the food of puerto ricans to Spanish food, but that’s not true. Spanish, African, American, and Taino flavors are all a part of what makes Puerto Rican dishes so unique.
All those spices and techniques blend to create an incredible array of food. With so much to try, it’s hard to narrow down the best recipes. But this list is going to try!
There are many popular Puerto Rican dishes, so it’s hard to know which is the most common. However, some local favorites include:
- Arroz con gandules
Many different types of meat are commonly used in Puerto Rico, including the chicken! Chicken is often prepared with a spice rub, allowing it to take on a bunch of flavors.
Grilling or smoking chicken is also very common to add a delicious smoky flavor. Some Puerto Rican chicken dishes – like arroz con pollo – are known all over the world for how tasty they are!
If you’re new to the Puerto Rican food scene, use this list of puerto rican recipes to tour the best! Each of these delicious Puerto rican recipes is great for beginners.
So, jump on board and discover this fantastic cuisine!
Picture this. Perfectly-browned chicken with fragrant rice and a side of delicious spiced vegetables like bell pepper? That’s what you get when you make this main course!
This popular puerto rican recipe is super delicious and well worth the time spent making it.
Enjoy an American classic with some Puerto Rican flair. Sazon is a Puerto Rican spice mix that goes perfectly in burgers. Paired with classic burger ingredients, this warm and fragrant spice is terrific.
This is a great place to start if you’ve never cooked in this arena. This easy recipe is delicious, and familiar.
This is an ideal recipe for picnics or road trips. The sandwich is easy to transport and won’t get soggy quickly. Best of all, they look and taste delicious.
Ready for more sandwich inspiration? Check out these healthy sandwich ideas for lunch!
Ripe plantain are like smaller, sweeter bananas. No green bananas here! They turn into tender, chewy treats when cooked with some spices.
This is an easy dessert that’s also a little bit healthy so that you can enjoy it guilt-free!
Every bite is smooth and silky. The gold caramel sauce oozes off the top of the cream cheese base and adds a lovely sweetness. This is the solution if you’re stuck for a summer dessert idea!
This is a fantastic recipe for feeding large crowds. Why? Because it’s a simple one-pot wonder that easily allows you to make big batches.
It also uses affordable ingredients, so your wallet will thank you.
If you love traditional beef roasts, then you’ll love this recipe. Ropa vieja is a flavor-packed beef roast slow cooked in tomatoes and a whole heap of spices and bay leaves. It’s tender, juicy, and irresistible!
The beef gets so tender that it becomes flaky and easy to tear. So, you can enjoy this with white rice and beans or even on a sandwich if you prefer.
Either way, make sure you serve it with plenty of fresh cilantro.
Also known as ‘coquito,’ coconut nog is one of the things that makes Christmas special in Puerto Rico! This tropical version of traditional eggnog is a great way to enjoy a spin on a classic.
This is one of the easiest holiday drink recipes, thanks to canned coconut milk. Notes of rum, coconut, and cinnamon sticks all blend into perfect harmony.
Bring a bottle of this to any party, and you’ll be the hero of the evening!
Tostones are fried green plantains. This delicious savory dish is favored all over Puerto Rico as a tasty side dish or snack. The tostones are super crunchy, starchy, and salty with a hint of lime juice!
Whip out this recipe for game day to impress your friends and family. It won’t take longer than fifteen minutes to bring this to life in your air fryer. Talk about convenience!
You can enjoy these beans on rice for a light but protein-filled lunch. However, they’re also great as a side dish with a larger meal. Keep them in the fridge to enjoy the next day.
Either way, these cocktails are great for summer occasions. You can prepare the mix in advance and keep it in your fridge until it’s time to serve the beverages.
Top with a skewer of fresh pineapple for an extra special touch!
This puerto rican chicken stew is super easy to make on a stovetop or in a crockpot. I recommend using bone-in chicken thighs to get the most flavorful meat.
Whichever chicken you have on hand will work just as well!
This Pollo Guisado is one of the most easy crockpot recipes anyone can make!
This stew uses a Puerto Rican-style recipe but makes it plant-based. Instead of beef, we use mushrooms to create that meaty taste and texture. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll love this.
Best of all, you can make this dessert ahead of time. Prepare these delicious desserts the night before and let them sit in the fridge to become soft. Serve on a cool day for the best effect.
But in reality, you only need an hour and a half from start to finish to make this. Only fifteen minutes of that time is for preparation! Rich, hearty, and filling, this is a great winter warmer.
Set everybody up outside and get to grilling! The thin strips of beef and tender onions cook in mere minutes. With spices wafting through the air, it won’t be long before this is all eaten.
While the broth might look delicate, it’s packed with hearty flavor! The onions and plantains create a robust base of flavor. The cilantro and corn lift it, making it a perfectly balanced broth.
This is one of the most delicious healthy fall soup recipes.
Then, you roast it low and slow to create a delicious crust on top and tender meat in the middle. Once you’ve tried this pork roast, you’ll never return to salt and pepper again!
The rice keeps its flavor and texture for a while in the fridge. It’s high in protein, thanks to the pigeon peas peppered throughout. The sazon also adds a warm, lovely spice that’s hard to beat.
Picadillo is a delicious ground beef dish with olives, tomatoes, and plenty of spices. This Instant Pot recipe allows you to whip up this hearty stew in as little as an hour!
Prepare to give your spice cabinet a workout with this dish. Every inch of it is packed with punchy flavor, so there’s nowhere to hide from the taste! Serve with a side of rice, and enjoy.
This is also one of the best cheap dinner ideas for when you are on a budget.
This recipe uses homemade sofrito – an herb and spice paste – for an extra level of flavor. With your Instant Pot in play, you only need to wait twenty minutes to enjoy this delicacy!
The good news is that you can easily make a big batch and keep it in your fridge. A batch like this will keep for up to two weeks if you store it in an airtight container.
The rigatoni would also suit a weeknight dinner for the family. It’s creamy and delicious but full of delicious vegetables to keep everyone healthy. Even the pickiest of eaters will want a bite!
But don’t let the word ‘basic’ fool you. This flan hums with delicious caramel flavor. The creamy texture will blow your mind and delight your tastebuds.
This dish features fragrant ground beef and plenty of cheese. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to lasagna, you just found it!
This is a great drink at your Christmas party if your kids want to get in on the fun.
Yuca fries are a healthier alternative to the standard potato French fry. Baked in salt rather than fried, they are thick, crispy, and fluffy.
Serve these with a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning for a tasty treat.
The delicious spice only improves once you whack these skewers on the grill. Make sure to give the chicken a lovely char to give them as much flavor as possible. For the best results, use thigh meat.
Looking for the best sides for your pollo? Check out these best side dishes for chicken!
Chimichurri is a super flavorful condiment made by blitzing many herbs, spices, and lime. The punchy sauce is so good on any meat! Make a big batch and keep it in your fridge if you like.
So, it’s sure to be a hit at your place too! This is a hearty dish perfect for whipping up on a cold winter weeknight. You only need thirty minutes to get this on the table.
These air fryer plantains are a simple way to make this famous Puerto Rican dish. They’re healthy and full of flavor without requiring much oil.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon to enjoy as a dessert. Or you can use them as a meat substitute in your next stew!
So, has this list sparked your interest? What’s the first Puerto Rican dish you’ll try? Let me know in the comments below!
- 1. Arroz Con Pollo
- 2. Sazon Burgers
- 3. Tripleta Sandwich
- 4. Baked Sweet Plantains
- 5. Flan De Queso
- 6. Habichuelas Guisadas
- 7. Ropa Vieja
- 8. Coconut Nog
- 9. Air Fryer Tostones
- 10. Puerto Rican Style Beans
- 11. Pina Colada
- 12. Pollo Guisado
- 13. Vegan Carne Guisada
- 14. Arroz Con Dulce
- 15. Instant Pot Carne Guisada
- 16. Bistec Encebollado
- 17. Sancocho Soup
- 18. Pernil Asado
- 19. Puerto Rican Yellow Rice
- 20. Instant Pot Picadillo
- 21. 20-Minute Habichuelas Guisadas
- 22. Sofrito
- 23. Creamy Rigatoni with Sofrito Avocado Sauce
- 24. Flan
- 25. Pastelon
- 26. Vegan Coquito
- 27. Yuca Fries
- 28. Pinchos De Pollo
- 29. Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce
- 30. Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee
- 31. Air Fryer Sweet Plantain
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