What A Typical Breakfast Looks Like In Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a small Central American country famous for its tropical climate, making it one of the top destinations to travel to and relax on its beautiful beaches. In addition, the country is renowned for its distinctive volcanoes, delightful landscapes, and many lakes. Nicaragua is especially proud of its tourism-related activities, as well as three important ingredients — rum, sugar, and coffee. The culture is a mixture of indigenous, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean cultures, and some of the most popular tourist sites include the cities of Managua, San Juan Del Sur, and Granada (via La Vida Nomad). 

And if you ever find yourself in this beautiful country, it would be a shame not to try its traditional and local dishes. There are many Nicaraguan recipes that look appetizing and taste delicious, such as nacatamales, consisting of corn dough that's stuffed with pork and vegetables; tostones, or deep-fried unripe plantains; and vaho, a mixture of beef, yucca, and plantains that gets cooked in banana leaves and is typically eaten on Sundays (per Bacon Is Magic). These main dishes are nourishing and hearty and worth seeking out, but when you wake up in Nicaragua, you might want to know what's offered for breakfast.

Traditional Nicaraguan breakfast is called desayuno típico

The Culture Trip reports that a typical Nicaraguan breakfast is called "desayuno típico," and it has many components. The meal consists of fried plantains, fresh or fried cheese slices, freshly made corn tortillas, gallo pinto (a combination of beans, rice, and onions), and eggs that can be fried or scrambled with sliced bell peppers and onions. But that's not nearly all. Most people like to add even more food to their traditional Nica breakfast by adding sour cream, bacon, or pico de gallo, consisting of chopped tomatoes and onions. If no corn tortillas are available, locals pair their dishes with fresh bread instead. 

And although gallo pinto is a part of a typical Nica breakfast, it's also the national dish of Nicaragua (and Costa Rica as well). This national symbol is so tasty and inexpensive that it's also commonly enjoyed for lunch or dinner, not just for breakfast (per The Flat). Meanwhile, Fearless Female Travels reveals that in Nicaraguan hotels, you can also expect bowls of fresh fruit served for breakfast. Just don't forget to drink a cup of Nicaraguan coffee or a glass of freshly squeezed tropical juice once you've finished your tempting Nica breakfast, and leave some space for lunch.