Costa Ricas Foods and Dances

Caitlin McDonald

Traditional Foods

Breakfast- Gallo pinto is the most popular food in costa rica. This contain black beans, rice, scrambled eggs, sour cream, and fried plantain

Lunch- For lunch they mostly eat cascades which consists of beans and rice. This usually is served with a meat or fish.

Dinner- Arroz con pollo is a typical dinner for costs Ricans, this is made up of rice and chicken along with a side of vegetables. Seafood is also a common dinner food.


Caribbean flavor- This is a dance combined with African and Spanish roots. This played with banjos, marimbas (xylophone), drums, sinkit, and a cuadrille. This derives from a ragged feel and calypso.

Folkloric- The men and women dance with traditional clothing. The men gather around the women in a circle and dance around in a circle while the girls flare their skirts and wave. The instruments used are a oboe and a string bow.

Contemporary- This dance is used to really express how the Costa Ricans are. Ballet is one that has become very popular especially In the younger people in Costa Rica. It shows both balance and coordination.

Gallo Pinto Recipe - Rice and Beans (Costa Rican) , Cooking from Garden and Food Pantry
Costa Rican Dancers

Recipes Gallo Pinto


  • 1 lb. (450 gr.) Black beans. Fresh are best but most likely you'll find them dried.
  • 8-10 sprigs cilantro (coriander leaf) fresh
  • 1 small or medium onion
  • 1/2 small red or yellow sweet pepper (optional)
  • 3 cups (700 ml) of water
  • 2 cups (350 ml) white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1-3 Tablespoon oil to fry the Gallo Pinto

Why do they do the dances and how are they influenced in their culture?

Costa Rica is surrounded by dances and is influenced majorly by it. On nights and weekends the Costa Ricans go and dance mainly salsa. Most of them start learning the traditional dances at a early age. Many of the Costa Rican dances are influenced by European and African dances but mainly they are influenced by precolumbians.