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Top 10 Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The Best

South America is a subcontinent full of natural beauty and outstanding flavors. Each country has interesting and varied cuisines, and there are gastronomic similarities between South American countries. Among these cuisines, the typical foods of Ecuador stand out.

The cuisine of Ecuador has a lot of variety, due to the different geographies that the country has: the coast, the mountains, the east and the island region. The ingredients used in each region are very rich and bring a diversity of flavors and traditions.

In today’s post, you will get to know 10 delicious typical foods from Ecuador, which show a little of the gastronomic wealth of the country and which should be attractions in your trip to Ecuador.

10 typical Ecuadorian foods

  1. Green Cake
  2. Fish Onion
  3. Locro de Papas
  4. Cangrejada
  5. Cuy Roast
  6. Creole Chicken Broth
  7. llapingacho
  8. Babaco candy
  9. pineapple flan
  10. Dulce de leche souffle

Green Cake

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When we talk about a very important ingredient in Ecuadorian cuisine, without a doubt, we are referring the banana, called plantain.

There are several types of bananas (green, ripe or guineas) in Ecuador, many cannot be eaten raw, such as plantains. They need to go through some cooking process.

This is the case of the green plantain, the main ingredient of green cakea green plantain dumpling, which can even be stuffed.

The green plantain is present in Ecuadorian cuisine in many ways, such as simply fried to serve as an accompaniment to various dishes.

Fish Onion

Top 10 Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The Best
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The encebollado is a fish-based stewthickened with manioc and flavored with many spices.

Very popular in coastal areas, where there are many fish, encebollado de pescado is one of the most popular typical Ecuadorian foods.

There is also the famous catfish soup, which specifically uses this type of fish in the stew.

It is worth mentioning that fish are also appreciated in the interior of the country, due to the rivers rich in fish.

Locro de Papas

Top 10 Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The Best
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Several countries in South America have locro as a typical dish, but there is a lot of difference between the locro of each place.

O ecuadorian locro it’s made with potatoes and cheese, like our little escondidinho, only softer. Impossible not to be delicious! There are variations of locro with corn and other ingredients.

Speaking of corn, Ecuador has a great biological wealth with several different corns.

Purple, red, sweet corn and so many others show the richness of Ecuador’s ingredients and make the typical food even more special and unique.


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Cangrejada is nothing more than a dish based on crab, since there are many in the country. This typical food can be served with salad.

Crabs have been consumed for centuries in the Guayaquil region, even before Spanish colonization.

Remember that the Pacific coast is very rich in fish and seafood, as is the case with Peruvian food.

Cuy Roast

Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The 10 Best!
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who goes travel to peru you already know what cuy is. The cuy is a rodent found in the Andes areas.

This little animal is also consumed in Ecuador, mainly roasted and served with potatoes, but it can be used in other more elaborate recipes.

The cuy is also part of the typical Peruvian food and many tourists go crazy to taste so different high.

Creole Chicken Broth

Top 10 Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The Best
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Among the typical foods of Ecuador, soups and broths stand out.

An example is Creole chicken broth, a kind of free-range chicken soup, very nutritious, with manioc and cumin. These ingredients are widely used in Ecuadorian cuisine.

There are other dishes with chicken in Ecuadorian cuisine, such as the stew called “seco de pollo”, super aromatic and succulent.


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Llapingacho is a potato tortilla with lots of strong and nutritious foods like avocado, eggs and meat.

There are several dishes similar to llapingacho in South America, mainly with corn dumplings.

Babaco candy

Top 10 Typical Ecuadorian Foods: The Best
It’s similar to papaya. Source: Wikimedia

the asshole is a typical fruit from Ecuador, one among many fruits that the country has. The babaco is cooked with sugar and spices, forming the sweet babaco.

Those who visit Ecuador find in the country’s fruits one more attraction.

pineapple flan

pineapple flan
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Pineapple flan is one of the typical Ecuadorian sweets ideal for hot days and usually pleases everyone.

Pineapple flan is a pie made with cream and sugar, with beautiful slices of pineapple, served cold. Pineapple is also used to make jellies.

Dulce de leche souffle

Yummy sweets are common in Ecuadorian cuisine. Dulce de leche is a widely used ingredient, but in the souffle version it is even more irresistible!

The milk goes into other sweets, such as the 3-milk pie, which has variations in many countries.

Which of the typical Ecuadorian foods did you most want to try? Leave your comment! Also read the article about if you need travel insurance in Ecuador!

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