Honduras is one of the Central American countries with the greatest indigenous influence, a pre-Hispanic heritage that is manifested in its gastronomy, one that combines local flavors, contributions from Spanish cuisine and elements from the African continent.
Let us know in this article the 35 typical foods of Honduras.
1. Honduran enchiladas or baleada
The baleada is a dish whose base is roast meat.
In its preparation, which is simple and fast, ground meat is combined with companions such as boiled egg, chimol, green chili, onion, tortillas, chopped cabbage, potatoes and grated cheese. All in one dish.
Make a sauce with the dressings, then add the ground beef and potatoes. Add the other ingredients such as the egg, chopped cabbage and finally the cheese, at the time of serving.
The Honduran enchilada, as it is also known, is one of the most representative typical dishes of Honduras.
2. Honduran pupusas
Honduran pupusas are made with a corn tortilla filled with chopped pork rinds or cheese. They are served with chopped pickled cabbage and homemade tomato sauce.
3. Honduran Chicken Soup
Honduran chicken soup is made from chicken meat and healthy, fresh and wholesome ingredients, such as onion, garlic, parsley, zucchini, diced potatoes, diced carrots, peas, water and salt for seasoning.
4. Honduran donuts
These donuts are made from a tortilla dough prepared in advance, to which curd, dry white cheese, egg, salt and pepper are added to taste.
With this mixture donuts are assembled in the shape of donuts that are fried in butter or baked if you want a healthier dish.
The donuts are accompaniments for savory dishes, but if they are poured with honey they become a sweet dessert.
5. Honduran Ticucos
One of the typical foods of Honduras in Holy Week. It is a tamale made essentially with beans and chipilín.
For its preparation, a mass of fresh corn or precooked flour is used, to which is placed chicken broth, green chili, chopped onion, salt, margarine and spices to taste. Then the beans are added and everything is mixed taking care that they do not break.
Balls are made with portions of the dough, small holes are opened to insert the chipilín leaf, they are wrapped in “tuza” leaves and boiled for 30 minutes. They are served accompanied by pickled cabbage and sweet tomato sauce.
6. Honduran catrachas
Honduran catrachas are corn tortillas with grated smoked cheese, cooked red beans, red onion, jalapeño pepper, red chili pepper, yellow butter or margarine, vegetable oil, salt and pepper to taste.
There are those who substitute the smoked cheese for a melted yellow cheddar and people who prefer their catrachas a little more spicy, so they add more chili.
7. Tapado olancho
This dish that is part of the typical foods of Honduras is made up of meats that are desalted and shredded.
Some vegetables are fried. Add the shredded meat and a little water to cook until it is soft. Coconut milk is also used to make this dish.
When the meat is ready, it is separated from the broth and this becomes an olanchano tapado soup. The meat is accompanied with plantain and yucca.
8. Capirotada soup
The European heritage is present in this typical dish of Honduran food, as it is a soup very similar to the French onion and cheese soup.
The recipe is prepared with meat broth to which are added spicy and sweet vegetables, such as sweet chili and chopped onion. In addition, chopped tomato, corn flour and spices such as coriander, pepper and salt are added. Finally, at the time of serving, cheese is added, which melts from the heat of the soup.
This dish is also prepared in the traditional cuisine of Nicaragua. It consists of a dough made with corn to which meat, vegetables and rice are added, a mixture that is placed in banana leaves to be wrapped and cooked.
The dough can have other ingredients to suit whoever prepares the nacatamales, a food to taste on special dates such as Christmas or New Year.
10. Snail soup
Typical Honduran food with elements of Thai cuisine, but not so loaded with condiments and spices.
To prepare this delicious dish, tender and soft snail meat is used. Banana, yucca, peppers and cilantro are added. Additionally, coconut milk is added to give it a sweet and creamy flavor. Tomatoes are also used to give it a reddish color and make it a little thicker.
The snail soup is served with corn tortillas or rice.
11. Canecho soup
Seafood soup with an appetizing and incomparable flavor of the sea, which contains fresh canechos (crabs). The crabs are added to a vegetable broth, dressings, condiments and fish heads.
Like many dishes in Honduran cuisine, this tamale-like meal has corn as one of its main ingredients. In addition, pork, vegetables, milk, onions, ripe chili, tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste are added. The resulting product is wrapped in banana leaves.
13. Corn Atole
Elote atol is one of the oldest drinks in Honduras. It is prepared with yellow corn, water, cinnamon, sugar and a touch of salt. Everything is put on the fire and eaten hot.
14. Tripe soup
Typical Honduran food to prepare and eat on a Sunday with friends. Its preparation includes beef belly or tripe, vegetables such as corn, carrots, potatoes, yucca, ripe plantains, green bananas, garlic, onion, tomato, sweet chili, achiote, cilantro and salt.
First the tripe is cooked to which beef legs can be added. When these pieces are soft, add the vegetables and cook until they are all ready.
The dish is served with rice and freshly prepared corn tortillas.
15. Chuco chicken
Traditional dish from the north of the country and one of the typical foods of Honduras.
Chuco chicken is made up of fried chicken with green plantain slices bathed in chimol, pickles and a special dressing that can be sour, sweet or spicy.
It is a cheap dish, which has made it popular after a day of work or a soccer game.
16. Cassava with pork rinds
Cassava with pork rinds is one of the simplest typical Honduran foods to prepare.
The cassava is parboiled with a touch of salt until it softens. In another space in the kitchen, the chimol is prepared by chopping onion, tomato, green chili peppers and hot peppers into small squares. Add salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon.
The cabbage is also finely chopped and at the moment of serving, the yucca is placed, which can be hot or lukewarm, a bed of cabbage on top, the chimol and finally, the pieces of pork rind.
A variation of this dish is prepared using pork leg cooked in tomato sauce and not chicharrón. It can also be served with a mixture of both.
17. Bean soup
Many Hondurans consider this to be the soup that best represents them. It is a rich source of nutrition that has black beans, pork ribs, pork rinds and sometimes oxtail.
Vegetables such as yucca or potatoes, bananas, red and green peppers are added. It is accompanied with avocado (avocado).
The meat can be substituted with hard-boiled eggs and to enhance the meal, slices of ripe avocado, pickled red onions, chopped cilantro, tortillas and white rice are added.
18. Fried fish with slices
Dish consisting of fried whole fish seasoned with salt and pepper. Before it is passed through flour as a breading.
Slices of green plantain cut into slices are prepared and fried. They are crushed or stepped on and put back in the fryer.
To complete the dish, a lettuce salad and an accompaniment known as casamiento (beans cooked with rice) are prepared.
At the time of serving, the fish is placed on a banana leaf, surrounded by the slices and the wedding and salad are placed on the sides.
19. Banana with beans
A typical Honduran breakfast cannot be complete without plantains and beans smothered in butter. The dish also includes fried pork, fried egg, avocado, a slice of cheese, and butter.
The plantains are fried in slices and the mashed beans and butter are placed on top; a breakfast accompanied by a cup of coffee stick.
Rich typical Honduran food prepared with meat as the main ingredient, which is cooked until it softens.
In this process, in addition to water, tomatoes, onions, sweet chili, coriander and garlic are added to the meat. When it is a little soft, add salt and pepper.
When ready, let it cool a bit and cut into small squares or crumble, add chopped onion, chopped sweet chili and a touch of hot chili. Bitter orange juice or vinegar, salt and pepper are added to taste.
The salpicón is served with white rice, tortillas and vegetables. The broth resulting from cooking the meat can be used to prepare a soup.
21. Roast beef
Roasted meat is prepared in all regions of the country, on any occasion and for no special reason.
The first thing is to select the piece of meat and season it; in the seasoning is the secret of its extraordinary flavor.
This condiment is prepared with lemon and orange juice, chopped onions and garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Everything is mixed and the meat is placed to marinate for 5 hours in the refrigerator. Once that time is reached, it is placed on the grill and cooked until it is to the diners’ liking, medium rare, ¾ or completely cooked.
The meat is accompanied with chimol, avocado, tortillas and cheese.
The meat cakes with potatoes are one of the typical foods of Honduras with more followers.
It is a meal that can be eaten for breakfast, eaten as an appetizer, snack or dinner. In addition, they can be eaten alone or bathed in a red sauce.
Meat patties with potatoes are made in several steps. It begins with the preparation of the meat with potatoes, which are peeled, diced and placed in a pan with oil or butter, where garlic, onion, chili and tomatoes are also added.
When the sauce is done, add the meat, a little broth, salt, pepper and a bay leaf. Cover and cook until the potatoes are soft.
For the red sauce, boil the red and green chiles, with the onion and tomatoes, for 10 minutes. They go through the blender and take to the fire adding chicken consommé and a little oregano. Let it boil until thick.
For the dough, the corn flour is moistened with consommé, adding a little achiote to give color and a touch of baking powder; Add water and knead until smooth.
Balls are formed that are placed on a flat surface and flattened. The meat and potato mixture is placed on one edge and covered with the other edge; They are fried in abundant oil.
To serve, the meat dumplings are accompanied by the red sauce, cabbage salad with carrots, tomato and fresh grated cheese.
23. Tapas fish
Although the fish tapado is prepared in several countries, in Honduras it is a typical meal.
To make it, first a broth is made with water, onion, sweet chili, garlic and cilantro and yucca, green plantain, sweet potatoes, bananas and ripe plantain are added. Everything is cooked until the vegetables soften.
Taste the seasoning and if necessary, add a little salt and a little more water if the broth has evaporated. Then the fish is added, making sure that it does not have bones, it is left to boil for 15 to 20 minutes and served hot with drops of lemon and chopped coriander on top.
To prepare this typical Honduran food, you must have ripe bananas on hand, which when cooking are crushed until a dough is achieved, to which a little flour and butter are added and kneaded well.
The dough is fried with very hot butter, crushing it with a fork to form a kind of pancake; They are removed from the fryer and a preparation of fried beans is placed on top, covered and fried again until golden brown.
25. Corn rice
Tasty dish that can be eaten alone or as a companion to any other meal. It is served on birthdays, graduation, a special lunch or a share among friends.
Cook over low heat the rice with onion, carrot and garlic. Then add the water to cook the rice, a little broth and salt, it’s also time to put the corn and mix everything well.
Let it cook for 15 minutes over low heat and then raise the flame so that it finishes cooking quickly. The water is allowed to consume and the fire is lowered again, covering the pot until finally the flame is extinguished. Let it rest for a few minutes and it will be ready to serve.
26. Chanfaina of pork offal
The unique and exotic flavor of the pork offal chanfaina, in addition to its rich aroma, make it one of the typical foods of Honduras.
The pork offal are washed and boiled with water, orange juice and a touch of salt, leaving them to cook until they soften. They are then cut into small pieces and set aside. Separately, vegetables and vegetables such as green chilies, purple onion, tomatoes, celery and garlic are chopped, to fry.
When the sauce is ready, the pork offal is added together with the broth concentrate, paprika, cilantro, basil, potatoes in small pieces, salt and the broth that was reserved from cooking the offal.
Let cook until the sauce thickens and the potatoes soften, turn off the heat and let stand to serve. Accompany them with white rice and slices of ripe plantain.
Typical dessert of Honduran cuisine consisting of pieces of fruit bathed in a sweet syrup that is about to crystallize. The most used fruit is the orange, but papaya and the winter melon called chiberro in the country are also used.
28. Ayote in honey
Honduran dessert prepared with a small pumpkin and cut into pieces, which are cooked with panela, cloves, cinnamon sticks and allspice. It will be ready when the squash is soft to the touch and the preparation is dark in color.
29. Torrejas in honey
This typical Honduran food is one of the tastiest desserts: those known as torrejas or pancitos.
In its preparation, at least two breads are used for torrejas, panela, eggs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, water and oil. They are fried on both sides and when they are removed from the pan, the sweet is added when it is fully boiling.
30. Plums in honey
Another favorite dessert in the country. Plums in honey are very easy to prepare. They are boiled with water, panela, sweet cloves and cinnamon sticks, until the syrup thickens. When serving you can add a splash of honey.
31. Rice pudding
This typical Honduran dessert is to everyone’s taste and is very simple to prepare.
The rice is cooked in enough water with a little salt. In another pot, place the milk with cinnamon sticks and sugar over low heat, so that the milk is impregnated with the smell of cinnamon.
When the rice is soft, not converted into dough, it is added to the milk by spoonfuls. When the process is complete, let it cook for 15 more minutes. Let it rest a bit, although the ideal is to eat it warm. When serving, sprinkle with cinnamon.
It is one of the typical drinks of Honduras prepared with beer, lemon juice, Maggi juice, chili powder, soy sauce, ice and salt. All the ingredients are mixed and it will be ready to drink.
33. Honduran coffee
Honduran coffee is one of the best in the world and the most typical, exquisite and tasty drink in the country is obtained from it. It is also called coffee stick.
It is a natural coffee, which makes its caffeine more pure and therefore less harmful.
34. Honduran Horchata
This typical drink from Honduras is part of the Hispanic heritage of the conquerors and evangelizers. It comes from the Spanish horchata, although due to its ingredients it is a Creole drink.
It is made with raw ground rice, peanuts, cinnamon and sugar to suit the consumer. It is rich in vitamins C, E and minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorus and calcium. It lacks gluten, lactose and casein.
Pozol is a traditional and typical drink from the southern area of Honduras. It is prepared with corn and milk as main ingredients, as well as sugar to sweeten. Southern Hondurans like to eat it with sweet bread.
What are the typical dishes of Honduras?
There are many typical dishes of Honduras. Let’s name 11 of them:
- Snail soup.
- Rice pudding.
- Banana with beans.
- Honduran Ticucos.
- Honduran pupusas.
- Honduran donuts.
- Honduran catrachas.
- Chanfaina of pork offal.
- Honduran enchiladas or baleadas.
What is baleada in Honduras?
Honduran baleadas are the enchiladas of this country, one of its main typical dishes.
They consist of cooked ground beef accompanied by boiled egg, tortillas, chimol, onion, green chili, chopped cabbage, potatoes and grated cheese.
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