Dominican Republic Food


What does Dominican Republic Food consist of? Is that your question?

If you are like most people that travel to Dominican Republic, you probably stay in all-inclusive resorts.

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This gives you the opportunity
to try some Dominican Food.
Most Resorts have a themed
dinner once a week called
"Dominican Night".

That night they will serve the most typical Dominican dishes.

Dominican Food is a blend of Spanish, African and Taino cuisine.

Rice, Beans, Plantains, Pork, Chicken and Seafood are the most common ingredients used.

Dominican Republic Food is described as Comida Criolla or Creole Food.

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Creole Cooking consists of white rice, black or red beans, plantains and occasionally pork, goat or to a lesser extent beef.

Beans are a very important part of the Dominican diet. They are a good source of protein for those who cannot afford meat.

creole cooking

Mangu Recipe

We have Mashed Potatoes...
they have Mangu.

This typical Dominican Food
is made of mashed plantains
with butter and onions.

Here's a typical Dominican
breakfast served with Mangu.


And here's a recipe:

  • 4 plantains (not too ripe)
  • 4 tsp of butter
  • 2 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 onions
  • salt to taste

1. Peel the plantains and slice in small pieces
2. Put plantains in a pot of water with salt.
3. Bring to a boil and cook until plantains are soft enough to mash.
4. Chop the onions and saute in a pan with olive oil. Salt to taste.
5. Serve the mashed plantains with sauteed onions on top.

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Caribbean Food

caribbean food

Of course it wouldn't
be Caribbean Food
without Seafood.

You will find plenty of shrimp,
lobster and fish either in
your resort or in
various restaurants
outside of your hotel.

Sometimes all it takes is a walk down the beach to find a little restaurant with delicious, fresh seafood!

So if you are wondering what kind of Dominican Republic Food you'll be eating when you go there, I can tell you from experience that you'll notice the Spanish influence in Dominican Food but most of the time the menus are adapted to satisfy tourists from all over the world. We have stayed in several all inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and one in Cabarete and the food was pretty similar in all the resorts.

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Rice and chicken, Dominican Style Recipe

I wanted to share this Caribbean Food recipe with you. My husband made this dish when we were in Cabarete in July of 2009.
I think it's delicious! I hope you
like it too.

Yield: 6 portions


  • 1 ea. Whole Chicken (Cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cup Ranchero Sauce
  • 2 t Adobo Seasoning
  • 7 oz Goya Pearl Rice
  • 1 T Minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup Onion (Small Dice)
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Black Beans
  • 1 cup Cut Baby Corn
  • 1 cup Artichoke hearts (quartered)
  • 1 cup Champignons
  • 3/4 cup Mango (Medium Dice)
  • 1/2 cup Tomato (Small Dice)
  • 2 1/2 T Whole Butter
  • 21 oz Water

1. In a non reactive bowl, mix the first 3 ingredients together, cover and
refrigerate for 3 hours.
2. Pre-heat the grill on medium heat.
3. Place the legs on the grill, with the lid open.
4. In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
5. Add the rice, onion, and garlic, cook for about 1 minute, stirring so that the
rice gets evenly coated by the hot oil.
6. Add 1/3 of the water, stir and let it gently cook.
7. Add the thighs to the grill and turn the legs over. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
8. When the rice is almost dry, add another 1/3 of the water.
9. Turn the thighs over on the grill, add the breasts to the grill.
10. When the rice is almost dry, add the rest of the water, beans, corn, artichokes, and champignons. Cook until almost dry and slightly creamy.
11. Flip the breasts on the grill and cook until the juice runs clear.
12. Add the butter, tomatoes, and mango to the rice.
13. Put a mound of rice on the plate and put the chicken on top. Serve.

No matter where you are from, I think you will find that
Dominican Republic Food is delicious!

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