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Dominican Republic Food Guide

7 Dominican Republic Traditional Foods To Try

Updated July 2022

Dominican Republic Food Guide
Dominican Republic Food Guide

Welcome to the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic food combines distinct flavors and ingredients from Taino, Spanish, and African influences. While the Dominican Republic is typically known as a tropical destination with pristine beaches, incredible scenery, resorts, and golf courses, another feature that stands out is its unique gastronomy. If you are in this country or are planning to visit it, here is a list of the best Dominican Republic traditional food to try.

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Dominican Republic Food Guide
Dominican Republic Food Guide

Sancocho

Eating sancocho is a must if you want to try authentic Dominican flavors. Sancocho is cooked with different ingredients such as vegetables, meat (beef, chicken, pork, and goat), tubers, and herbs such as cilantro to produce a meaty and thick stew. It’s often served with avocado, white rice, and a local sauce made with spicy bitter orange, vinegar and peppers.

Best Dominican Republic Food
Best Dominican Republic Food

Tostones

Tostones have a special place on the Dominican table and are also found in other Latin American countries. The meal consists of sliced fried plantains, which are usually served as an accompaniment to different dishes or on their own. Simple but delicious! It could be said that they are the equivalent of French fries in other parts of the world. In the Dominican Republic, they can be found in fancy restaurants or as street food.

Dominican Republic Food Guide
Dominican Republic Food Guide

Mangu

The distinctive consistency and flavor of Mangu make it one of the most popular dishes in the Dominican Republic. Mangu is prepared by boiling plantains and mashing them with a bit of water, oil or butter, and salt. It’s usually accompanied by sauteed Dominican red onions, salami, a garnish of fried eggs, and fried cheese, which is collectively known as a dish called Los Tres Golpes. Mangu is often eaten at breakfast, but sometimes it can also be found at dinner.

Best Dominican Republic Food
Best Dominican Republic Food

La Bandera Dominicana

If you have the chance to eat with a Dominican family, chances are you will try La Bandera Dominicana (The Dominican Flag). This dish is the most famous in the country and consists of three essential ingredients – white rice, braised chicken or beef, and stewed beans – which are then combined with all sorts of other elements such as tostones, avocado, and green salad, among others. La Bandera intends to represent the colors of the national flag with the rice being white, the beans being red, and with some creativity the meat being blue. It’s a frequently consumed meal in Dominican homes, but you can also find it in restaurants.

Dominican Republic Food Guide
Dominican Republic Food Guide

Pollo Guisado

Thanks to its affordability, ease of cooking, and abundance, chicken is one of the most popular foods in the country. Pollo Guisado (braised chicken) is a meal marinated with lime juice, onion, oregano, celery, salt, garlic, sugar, and olive oil, dressed with tomato sauce and some vegetables such as olives, and celery. Its exceptional taste will delight your palate!

Dominican Republic Food Guide
Dominican Republic Food Guide

Habichuelas con Dulce

This Dominican dessert is one you won’t find anywhere else. This soup-like sweet delicacy is based on red beans, milk, coconut milk, sugar, cinnamon, yams, cloves, small cookies, and sometimes raisins depending on the recipe. This bowl of sweet bean cream is prepared differently in every home to share with family and friends. As peculiar as it sounds, you’re likely to love it if you’re open to exploring new flavors.

Best Dominican Republic Food
Best Dominican Republic Food

Mofongo

This culinary gem with African roots is an unmissable plantain-based food. Mofongo is served in a bowl and consists of fried plantains mashed with chicharron (fried pork rinds) and garlic, mixed to form small balls that are then topped with more chicharron or shrimp, and a tasty garlic beef bone broth to moisten them. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

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