4 Delicious Dishes From El Salvador

Los Planes de Renderos, San Salvador, El Salvador.
Los Planes de Renderos, San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo by Oswaldo Martinez on Unsplash

When it comes to Central American cuisine, it doesn’t get much better than the food you can get in El Salvador. Salvadoran food is similar to its neighbors, with plenty of seafood, meats, and tropical fruits. Here are the staples you need to try.


Chimol is a Salvadoran salsa dish, similar yet different than Mexico’s pico de gallo. It’s a side dish typically served with pupusas, empanadas, grilled meat with rice, or fried yuca.

Pupusas With Curtido

A pupusa is a flatbread made with cornmeal or rice flour. It’s a national dish of El Salvador with its own day that celebrates it. It’s often served with curtido—cabbage relish. Filling options are countless, with the most common ones being cheese, pickled jalapeño, and roasted squash.

Shrimp Soup

Shrimp soup is a common dish in Salvadoran homes. It’s typically made with fresh shrimps, but frozen ones can do the job if needed. It can be served with or without cream, but be sure that it’s always delicious.

Quesadilla Salvadoreña

This is not an ordinary quesadilla made with cheese. This is a dessert and it’s actually a rich cheese-filled bread that’s great with coffee. It looks like a pound cake and is a common dessert in El Salvador.