As someone who isn’t Salvadoran, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of comida Salvadoreña is pupusas. However, after speaking to friends from El Salvador, they made it clear that I’ve been missing out on so many other delicious antojitos Salvadoreños, and here are just a few of them. 😋
1. Queso Petacones
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This brand of cheese is very popular in El Salvador. With a similar texture to Mexican queso fresco, this cheese is thicker and harder. This cheese comes in an array of flavors, such as ‘Duro Blando Con Loroco,’ ‘Duro Viejo,’ and ‘Morolique.’
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In El Salvador, a quesadilla isn’t melted cheese wrapped in a tortilla. It’s a sweet cheese pound cake that is often enjoyed with coffee or milk as dessert. This quesadilla Salvadoreña is made with flour, sugar, sour cream, cheese, eggs, butter and is topped with sesame seeds.
3. Semita de piña
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Semita de piña is a popular pastry in El Salvador, usually found in bakeries or packaged in grocery stores. It is a sweet bread filled with fruit jam. The most popular filling is pineapple, but you can also find semitas de mango, guava and plum.
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Totopostes are small, round treats made with maiz. If you want to have a classic Salvadoran breakfast, some totopostes dunked in hot coffee is the way to go.
5. Tamales de elote
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These tamales de elote are made with fresh corn, sugar, milk, masa and butter. And as pictured above, they are often enjoyed with a side of crema Salvadoreña.
6. Elotitos ‘Diana’
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Unlike the tamales de elote, this Salvadoran snack is more on the salty side. These Salvadoran corn nuts are sold in different flavors as pictured above: “Con piquete” or “Con limón.”
7. Jalapeños ‘Diana’
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Similar to the Elotitos corn nuts, these Jalapeño tortilla chips are also produced by the brand Diana. If you’re a fan of spicy treats such as Flaming Hot Cheetos and Spicy Doritos, these chips are right up your alley.
8. Anything ‘Diana’
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In El Salvador, Diana is a very popular brand when it comes to antojitos Salvadoreños. As shown in the picture above, you can enjoy their Nachos, Korchips, Platanitos and Popotitos.
9. Mangos Tiernos
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Unlike the bright orange mangos you might be used to eating, these mangos tiernos are green. As shown in the picture to the right, these mangos can be enjoyed with a sprinkle of salt, lemon and tajín.
10. Pollo Campero
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Even though Pollo Campero is a chain with franchises in the United States, it is especially popular in El Salvador. When people travel to El Salvador, they will bring back entire boxes of the Pollo Campero chicken because it is said to taste a lot better in El Salvador.
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You can never go wrong with some warm and tasty pupusas Salvadoreñas. This dish is made with thick corn tortillas, cheese, and sometimes beans and chorizo. And they are BOMB. ?
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