9 Street Food Snacks You Must Try on Your Trip to Nicaragua

Nacatamal and patacones in Nicaragua
Nacatamal and patacones in Nicaragua | © Arturo Sotillo / Flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
24 April 2018

Getting stuck into street food is a great way to save money when you’re traveling in Nicaragua. Here are some of the top local delicacies that you should make sure you try.

Fritanga food stall, Nicaragua | © Russell Maddicks / Flickr


A thick tortilla that’s topped with cheese and grilled before pickled onion, salt and sour cream are added. Ask for chilli if you want yours spicy.


Often sold by street vendors, these thin strips of fried plaintain are a good way to fill a hole on long journeys. They aren’t the most flavoursome thing ever, but they serve a purpose.


This unique salad-esque dish is made from fried pork skin, mashed yuca and pickled cabbage. It tastes better than it sounds.

Vigorón in Granada, Nicaragua | © Russell Maddicks / Flickr


While these corn dough bundles aren’t unique to Nicaragua, you will find them everywhere in the country. Dense corn dough and various ingredients are wrapped in a banana leaf and boiled, making for a simple and filling meal.


The national dish of Nicaragua is a large tamal made with pork. It is usually eaten on Sunday mornings with a steaming cup of coffee, and eating it is a big social occasion for family and friends.


You will find buñuelos throughout Latin America, with the fried dough balls dipped in syrup a popular dessert or street snack. Nicaraguan buñuelos have the distinction of being made from yuca flour, eggs and cheese.

Buñuelos in Granada, Nicaragua | © Russell Maddicks / Flickr


This tasty drink is almost a meal, made from ground corn and cocoa powder mixed with water or milk. The corn gives it a strange texture, but it’s strangely satisfying.


A kind of salty, kind of sweet pancake served with cheese and cream, güirilas are common in northern Nicaragua.


These deep-fried pork rinds won’t be to everyone’s taste, but they are great as a roadside snack if you aren’t worried about healthy eating.

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