For the soup lovers, in Costa Rica there is a famous and powerful "Olla de carne". It literally means "Beef soup". Probably since a long time ago, it has been made in the homes of the Costa Rican people. Our great-grandparents and grandparents cooked the soup as a staple food during the week. They cooked it with vegetables produced in their own homes or acquired in exchange with their neighbors for other products they have grown. Back at the time, the "Olla de carne" was an affordable meal for the majority of the population. Since it was made in huge cooking pots, large families could eat from that pot and always with great health benefits.
The traditional "Olla de carne" is a broth containing vegetables such as potato, yucca, yams, corn, tiquisque, ñampí, bananas, carrots, tacacos, plantain, squash, and, of course, small or medium pieces of beef. When the broth is cooked, it is used to complement the other ingredients. Additionally, it has "olores", which are a mix of herbs and spices of vivid colors like cilantro, onion, red pepper, celery, garlic, and others, depending on the person that is cooking this delicious recipe.
If you like to try the authentic beef soup, be sure to visit the Central Market, located San José downtown. Also, you can visit some of the restaurants that offer typical food; you can find them in every province. One option is the Restaurant and Café "Las Delicias" in the center of Zapote in San José, where every Wednesday they offer this dish to their visitors. This is an excellent choice if you want to try the Costa Rican cuisine that will revive your senses.
Delicious Olla de Carne