Traditional Puerto Rican Dishes to Add to Your Table

Traditional Puerto Rican food has been influenced by Spain, Africa and the Taíno and Arawak native peoples. The rich and vibrant cuisine is a mix of indigenous fruits, tropical tubers, and unique seasonings. Even the Puerto Rican cooking style is distinctive! They call it cocina criolla, which means “Creole cooking.”

Some of the most popular traditional Puerto Rican dishes include Arroz con gandules y lechon—Puerto Rico’s National Dish, Mofongo—a Delectable Side, Empanadillas—a Savory Beef Dish, and Tembleque—a Sweet Treat.

What traditional Puerto Rican dishes did your abuela (grandmother) make for you as a child?

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