Ecuadorian dishes are diverse and delicious, with ingredients taken from its three geographic regions: the Amazon, the Andes, and the Pacific coast.
The Amazon produces exotic fruits and unusual proteins, with banana and yucca a real staple. In the highland (Andes) region, you’ll find lots of potatoes, cheese, corn, avocados and hornandos—whole roasted pigs. And then on the coast, there’s bountiful fish and seafood, resulting in fresh ceviche.
You’ll find a lot of soups here, fried plantains and potato fritters and tender grilled meats. While nothing can beat the street food across Ecuador, you can try your hand at recreating some of the country’s most iconic dishes at home.
These aren’t just any recipes either. They come from some of the world’s best food bloggers who have recreated the dishes meticulously so as you can make them at home. Make sure to bookmark and follow their blogs for more great foodie treats.
The Best Ecuadorian Dishes
1. Cumin Pork Ribs
The typical Fritada is usually served with hominy and salsa. The salsa is pretty similar to pico de gallo but without the spice. These ribs are common to find it in the farmers market, and it is usually a meal that you would eat with your whole family and friends.
2. Locro de Papa
A cheesy Ecuadorian potato soup flavoured with annatto which makes for a filling meal all on its own. Ideally served with some crusty bread and a good glass of wine.
3. Vegan Llapingachos
Llapingacho are basically mashed potatoes formed into a patty shape, stuffed with cheese and then cooked up on a pan until golden brown. They are often served with salsa.
4. Ecuadorian Chicken Stew
A rich and hearty chicken stew made with peas, potatoes and flavoured with achiote, cumin and smoked paprika that will warm you up on a cold night.
5. Spicy Shrimp Soup
A delicious shrimp soup that is a copycat recipe from a typical Ecuadorian restaurant. Spicy, garlicky, and comforting, you will eat bowl after bowl of this easy soup recipe.
6. Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche
This recipe for Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche is different than Peruvian ceviche in that it has more liquid, like a cold soup. It’s light, tangy, gluten free, and perfect for eating on the beach!
7. Ecuadorian Chicken And Rice Stew
A hearty dish that is made thick and creamy with the addition of rice and potatoes, and just a bit spicy from a combination of smoked Spanish paprika, achiote paste, and a dash of hot sauce.