Costa Rica: Arroz Guacho 1
Ingredients: 1 lb. lean short pork ribs (cut into 1-inch cubes), 1 lb. uncooked long grain rice (rinsed and dried), 3 teaspoons vegetable oil, 1 roll cilantro (chopped), 1 clove garlic (crushed), 1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped), 1/2 cup onion (chopped), Salt and pepper to taste
Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add pork ribs and stir for three minutes. Add water to cover 2 inches above pork ribs. Bring it to a boil until pork is tender. Add cilantro, garlic, red bell pepper, onions, salt and pepper, and stir. Add uncooked rice and more water so that there is one 1 above pork level, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching until rice is cooked.
Recipe courtesy of CostaRica.com.
El Salvador: Curtido 2
Ingredients: 1 medium head cabbage (chopped), 2 small carrots (grated), 1 small onion (sliced), 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper (optional), 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water
Blanch the cabbage with boiling water for 1 minute. Discard the water. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and add grated carrots, sliced onion, red pepper, oregano, olive oil, salt, brown sugar, vinegar, and water. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with pupusas revueltas (or with any meat).
Recipe courtesy of CD Kitchen.
Guatemala: Hilachas 3
Ingredients: 2 lb. Beef (flank or skirt steak) cubed, 5 cups water, 2-3 tbsp. oil, 1 onion (chopped), 1 tomato (chopped), 1 cup chopped tomatillo, 1 cup Guajillo chiles (2-3, warmed over a flame, deseeded and chopped), Salt and pepper to taste, 1 lb. potatoes (peeled and chopped), 2-3 carrots (peeled and chopped), 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
1. Place the beef, water, and a big pinch of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the beef to a bowl, reserving the broth, and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the beef with your fingers and set aside.
2. While the beef is simmering, place the onion, tomatoes, tomatillos and chiles in a food processor or blender and puree, adding a little water if necessary.
3. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium flame. Add the onion-tomato puree and simmer until the puree is cooked down and darkens somewhat in color, about 10 minutes. Do not burn.
4. Add the shredded beef and about 3 cups of the broth to the onion-tomato puree and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
5. Stir in the potatoes, onions and a little more broth or water if necessary. Simmer until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
6. Stir in the breadcrumbs to thicken the sauce. Then stir in the chopped cilantro, adjust seasoning and serve hot with corn tortillas or rice.
Recipe courtesy of Whats4Eats.com.
Nicaragua: Nacatamales 5
Ingredients: 2 cups cornmeal, 1/4 cup lard, 1 onion (chopped), 2 teaspoons sour orange juice or lime juice, 2 cups chicken broth (or other broth you prefer), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1 green pepper (chopped), 1 red pepper (chopped), 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, Fresh mint to taste, Paprika to taste, 1 pound pork (cooked and cubed), 2 tomatoes (cubed), 2 cups potatoes (mashed), 1/2 cup cooked rice, Ground pepper to taste, Salt to taste, 10 banana Leaves
1. Just cover the cornmeal with water, adding the orange juice and then cooking it at a low heat so that the hulls begin to separate. Then rinse with cold water, placing it in a pot and again covering it with water. Allow it to sit for 3 days, being sure to change the water every day. Once it has stood for 3 days, drain the corn and mash it. Now add half of the lard, plus some salt. Knead the mixture whilst slowly adding the broth until the dough is soft.
2. In a pan, place the rest of the lard, along with the peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper, mint and parsley. Then add the pork and other ingredients. Wash the banana leaves and cut into 16-inch squares. Place a spoonful of dough in the center of each leaf square, then top with pork mixture. Carefully wrap and tie with string. Place the nacatamales in boiling water for about 30 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Nicaragua Channel.