Ecuador’s Top Traditional Dishes

Typical Ecuadorian potato cakes called llapingachos with delicious cheesy filling cooking on metal surface.
Typical Ecuadorian potato cakes called llapingachos with delicious cheesy filling cooking on metal surface.

Ecuador’s cuisine is very  diverse and authentic. Plates can range in size, taste and ingredients. Depending on the region you visit, there are several delicious plates you can try. Below we list a few of our native finger-licking dishes.


Ceviche is a mix of raw seafood and shellfish cooked in citric juices. Its common ingredients are white fish, shrimp, crab, clams, squid (calamari), and onions.

Ecuadorian ceviches are similar to Peruvian ceviches, because we use similar fish and seafood, such as  “corvina,” dorado and black clams. We also use the same type of small red onions, called “cebolla paiteña.”

Because each region likes to have their ceviche a certain way, there are several ways this dish can be served. However, the most common are: Traditional fish ceviche, “Ceviche de Chochos,” which is a vegetarian ceviche made with grains, “Ceviche de pulpo” made with octopus, langostino ceviche, mango ceviche, shrimp ceviche, and oyster ceviche.


Llapingachos are another Ecuadorian favorite. They are a dish of potato patties or thick potato pancakes stuffed with cheese and cooked on a hot griddle until crispy.They can be served on their own as an appetizer or even as a full meal accompanied by a  fried egg, chorizo, pickled onion, tomato, lettuce, and avocado slices.

Locro de Papas

Locro de papa is a classic Ecuadorian creamy potato and cheese soup, usually served as an appetizer.

Although it’s popular in the southern region of the country, this dish is very popular in all Ecuador. Soups are usually served as a first course and most soups -as well as a lot of other dishes- are commonly served with avocado and aji or hot sauce.


Cuy is perhaps the best-known dish in Ecuador. It’s often eaten by Ecuadorians to celebrate special occasions. Cuy is an animal very similar to a rabbit, but Ecuadorians love its meat due to its juicy and tender qualities. The most popular preparation is to rub the meat with spices and roast it on a rotisserie. It is served with potatoes, hominy and salad.


Salchipapas are a quick snack/meal that consists of French fries with sausages. You can add toppings like ketchup or mayo. It’s typically served in a bag with a skewer for eating on the go. They are a typical South American snack/street food.

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