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Dominican Cuisine

The food of the Dominican Republic is a fusion of Taino (indigenous Dominicans), Spanish, and African. Dominican main dishes are usually comprised of: fish (pescado), seafood (mariscos), chicken (pollo), some beef (carne), pork (cerdo) and goat meat (chivo). These dishes are usually cooked either fried (frito), in a creole sauce (salsa de criolla), grilled (parrallida) or stewed (guisado). For side dishes the Dominican usually have either rice (arroz), beans (Habichuela) or plantains (platanos).

We have picked a couple of the popular dishes and have given a short explanation of the dish below.

Traditional Dominican Food


Sanchocho Dominican Food


This hearty stew is Dominican comfort food at its finest. The medley of seven types of meat and varied veggies. Many times this is served for a festival or a party.

Mondongo Dominican Cuisine


is a hearty stew with the main ingredient being tripe (cow stomach)

Chivo Guisado -Dominican Food

Chivo Guisado

Is (stewed goat) tender, braised goat meat.

Pollo Guisado Dominican Food

Pollo Guisado

(stewed chicken) tender, braised chicken meat

Bacalao Guisado Dominican Cuisine

Bacalao Guisado

is stewed salted cod — this is a very popular dish in the Caribbean.

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Arroz Blanco Arroz Blanco Dominican Food

Arroz Blanco

(white rice) is the number one side and sometimes considered the main part of the meal

Moro De Habichuelas - Dominican Food

Moro De Habichuelas

is popular form of rice cooked with black or red kidney beans

Moro De Guandules Dominican Food

Moro De Guandules

is a form of rice cooked with pigeon peas

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Platanos called plantains in English are either Verde (green) or Maduro (ripe) with green plantains far more popular among the Dominican people.

Mofongo - Dominican Cuisine


is made with fried green plantains, garlic, and chicharrones (fried pork skins) that are mashed together and is made in a similar way to garlic mashed potatoes.

Mangu Dominican Food


is a Dominican staple made from boiled, green plantains that are mashed and topped with sauteed red onions.

Tostones Dominican Food


are fried plantains –  green are the most popular, but if you want your tostonies a little sweet, look for the Maduro (ripe) plantains, most people refer to tostones simply by saying fritos (fried).


Yuca - Dominican Cuisine


also known as cassava is a root that is boiled and served as a side and is usually drizzled with a sauce made of olive oil, garlic, and lime.

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Street Food / Finger Food (picadera)

Memelos Dominican Street Food


These tiny pops are made of creamy coconut centers covered in a thin layer of crunchy, candied caramel.

yaniqueque-Food Dominican


is flat bread and many times you will see people selling this on the beaches, it is made with ingredients such as flour, salt, and water.

Pastelitos Dominican Street Food


are turnovers usually filled with ground beef, shredded chicken or cheese

Pasteles En Hoja - Food Dominican

Pasteles En Hoja

A Dominican version of a Mexican tamale, but instead of corn dough, they’re made with either plantains or yuca and cooked inside a plantain leaf instead of a corn husk.

Chicharrón - Dominican Cuisine


is fried pork and is usually served with fried plantains (fritos) or yucca.

Chimi Dominican Street Food


are street burgers that are topped with cabbage and a sweet sauce made with a base of ketchup and mayonnaise

Adult Beverages

Presidente Beer - Food Dominican Republic


is the local beer and it is always served ice cold – Dominican won’t drink it any other way.

Dominican Rum -Dominican Cuisine


is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean and the top two Dominican brands are Brugal and Barceló. Our rums are packed with flavor and smooth.

Mamajuana - Dominican Liquor


is native local drink that combines rum, red wine, honey, tree bark, and 12 local spices.

Contact us and let us know where you are staying and we can provide you a list of restaurants that have great Dominican food at affordable prices.

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