Good authentic Puerto Rican recipes range from sweet drinks such as Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog called "Coquito" to filling Puerto Rican Rice and Black Beans. Make appetizers such as the savory Yuca Bread or Bolitas de Bacalao y Maiz, and pair with a traditional entrée such as Carne Beef or Empanadas de Carne. For dessert, try a sweet Cazuela or a coconut candy called "Besitos de Coco."
Essential ingredients used for nearly all authentic Puerto Rican food include sofrito sauce, seasoning mixed with achiote and adobo sauce. Tomato paste or sauce and green olives are used in many Puerto Rican dishes as well. Authentic Puerto Rican recipes often incorporate citrus fruits and coconut.
Coquito is made with Puerto Rican Bacardi rum and a mixture of coconut milk, water, cinnamon and condensed milk. Another traditional beverage is the popular Pina Colada, which includes white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice.
Carne beef incorporates sofrito and tomato sauce, with other ingredients, topped on corned beef. Carne Guisada is a similar recipe, but is more of a Puerto Rican beef stew using many of the essential ingredients. Most Puerto Rican entrées are spicy and served with white rice.
Another option for Puerto Rican cooking is salad, or "Ensalada." Ensalada recipes include Caribbean Pasta & Seafood or Yuca y Mojo, which is warm yuca served with traditional mojo sauce.