El Salvador’s most notable dish is the pupusa. They’re thick hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with either soft Salvadoran cheese such as quesillo con loroco, ground pork and tomato, refried beans or vegetables. You’ll find them on every street corner and in every restaurant. While they’re tasty, pupusas can become a bit bland after a few days on the trot and they’re not the best for your waistline either.


A typical meal in El Salvador, like you’ll find in much of Central
America, includes rice, beans, tortillas, grilled chicken or beef, and
a salad.

Other specialties

Other typical El Salvadoran cuisine includes yuca frita, a meal of deep-fried cassava root served with pickled cabbage, onion, carrot and either pork rinds or fried sardines. Pan con chumpe is also common. It’s essentially a warm turkey sandwich, with the meat marinated and then roasted.



Popular beers in El Salvador include Imperial and Salva Vida.


Like much of Central America, the tap water quality can be poor so
it is recommended to drink bottled water, which is cheap and available