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Commonly served vegan

Dishes that are traditionally served vegan

Red or black beans mixed with white rice, onions and other vegetables

Gallo Pinto

Stir fried vegetables, made with green beans, potatoes and squash and local spices

Vegetarian Picadillo

Red or black beans cooked with white rice, coconut milk and local spices

Caribbean Rice and Beans

Deep fried green plantain slices


A salad made of lettuce, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, chickpeas and corn. Make sure: no eggs or cheese is added

Mixed Salad

Green plantain salad made with onion, pepper, lemon and cilantro. Make sure: mayonnaise is not used

Plantain Ceviche

Black bean soup made with onion. tomatoes, cilantro and spices. Make sure: meat broth is not used and boiled egg is not added

Sopa Negra

Cooked figs cover with white sugar, can be served as a dessert or a snack

Sugared Figs

Sweet hot beverage made from sugar cane

Agua Dulce

Traditional Caribbean drink made with sugar cane, cinnamon, lemon and ginger

Agua e Sapo

A jam-like sweet made from chiverre fruit with sugar and spices

Chiverre honey

Soft corn dough round flatbread usually served as a side with different dishes


Dishes that can be Veganized

Dishes that are not vegan by default, but can be made so, by asking to remove or change part of the ingredients.

Traditional lunch including rice, beans, salad, plantain and meat. To veganize: ask for no meat, cheese or eggs


Corn or wheat tortilla with meat or vegetarian picadillo. To veganize: ask for no meat or cheese


Beets, potatoes and hard boiled egg salad. To veganize: ask for no eggs or mayonnaise

Ensalada Rusa

Pasta salad made with cilantro, onions, pepper, lime, mayonnaise and tuna. To veganize: ask for no mayonnaise or tuna

Ensalada de caracolitos

A rice bowl made with beans, tomato salsa, avocado and pork. To veganize: ask for no meat


Rice and palm hearts mixed with onions, peppers, cilantro, and covered with cheese sauce.To veganize: ask for no cheese

Palmito rice

Dishes that are not vegan, but appear to be

Dishes that might look vegan, but contain animal products.

Fried wheat dough dessert made with honey and eggs


Plantain and bean patties made with cheese/ butter


Mashed corn and potatoes cooked in plantain leaves, usually made with lard and meat


Corn dough pastry filled with potatoes, plantain or meat will also usually contain cheese


Traditional cake made with eggs and milk


Sweet cornmeal bread made with sugar and butter (vegan options available)

Tamal de Elote

Corn soup will contain pork


Rice beverage usually made with milk


Mostly made with butter or eggs

Bakery Breads

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