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Cuisine of Ecuador

History of Ecuador

Ecuadorian Food History
Located in South America, Ecuador is covered with jungles, tropical rain forests and expansive fields. The area of what is today called Ecuador used to be covered with tribes of Indians until the Europeans came to the coast of this country from the Pacific in the 16th century. The Inca Empire, which expanded throughout this country actually stretched from the modern day city of Quito. The Spaniards established the city of Quito and Guayas. The culture of Ecuador is widely a combination of these cultures and the foods also have been a combination of the cultures. However, the food has also been adapted to meet the needs and resources of the local people.

Humita - popular dish in Ecuador

Traditional Foods in Ecuador

Traditional Ecuadorian Food
Ecuador is famous for the many exotic fruits it produces as well as Andean potatoes and seafood. The food in this country is very diverse depending on the location and agricultural growing abilities. Chicken, beef, pork and guinea pig are often enjoyed in the mountainous regions. These meats are often served with potatoes, corn and rice.
The food of Ecuador commonly includes many different fruits and vegetables, but there are also many different pastries, breads and patties filled with meat that can be found in the cuisine.
The average Ecuadorean eats three meals daily, with breakfast anywhere between 6:30 and 9 in the morning and lunch between noon and 2 in the afternoon. Dinner is usually between 6 and 10 at night.
A common breakfast is corn tortillas, coffee, toast and fruit. Many Ecuadorians enjoy soup with rice, meat or fish for lunch, as well as a dessert and coffee. For dinner, the meal tends to be lighter and will often only be bread and herbal tea or coffee.


Ecuadorian Dishes

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        Ecuador Dishes

  • Seco de pollo - This is a dish of stewed chicken and rice with slices of avocado.
  • Patacones - This is a flavorful dish that is often enjoyed. It is made of plantains, salt and vegetable oil.
  • Lomo Saltado - This is made up of pieces of sirloin that have been soaked in vinegar, spices and soy sauce and then stir fried with parsley, tomatoes and red onions. It is often served over rice or with french fries.
  • Llapingacho - This is one of the most famous dishes in Ecuador. It is potato pancake patties that have been stuffed with cheese and cooked until brown and crispy. Often served with fried egg, sausage, tomatoes, avocado and lettuce.
  • Tamales - Common dish with a corn based dough that has been steamed or boiled in a leaf. It is often filled up with cheese, vegetables and meats.
  • Humita - This Ecuadorian favorite is made of corn and dough that is cooked slowly in oil.
  • Hornado - A whole roasted pig.
  • Guatitas - This stew is made with pieces of cow stomach and served with peanut sauce and potatoes.
  • Ceviche - Common seafood dish that is made of raw marinated fish that has been soaked in lemon or lime and has chili peppers added for spice.
  • Encebollado - A commonly enjoyed meal in Ecuador, this is a soup that is made of tuna, yuca, onions, tomatoes and sprinkled with lemon juice.

Ecuadorian Drink

          Ecuador Drinks

  • Espíritu del Ecuador - A golden liquor that has a fruity flavor.
  • Guarapo - Alcoholic drink that is made of cane.
  • Anisados - This liquor has an anis flavor.

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