A typical Salvadoran breakfast includes eggs, beans or casamiento (rice and beans mixed together), fried plantains, cheese, tortillas and coffee or juice. Panaderías (bakeries) usually offer morning cakes and coffee. Almuerzo (lunch) is the largest meal of the day.

More often than not, an evening meal is El Salvador means pupusas. Also popular are panes, a baguette sliced open and stuffed with chicken, salsa and pickled vegetables.


El Salvador's most famous food is by far the pupusa, round cornmeal tortillas stuffed with a combination of cheese, refried beans, wild vegetables such as ayote (sweet potato) and mora (a local herb), chicharrón (pork rinds), or revuelta (mixed filling), then grilled. It's cheap and filling. Curtido, a mixture of pickled cabbage and vegetables, provides the final topping. Most pupuserías open at around 7am for breakfast then again at around 4pm for dinner; some have worked the same sidewalk space for years.

Essential Food & Drink

Pupusas Cornmeal tortillas with savory fillings; the Salvadoran staple.

Nuégados Fried yucca dumplings with sugarcane syrup.

Panes Chucos Vegan-friendly soy hot dogs.

Riguas Sweet cornmeal cakes wrapped in a leaf and grilled.