Found in nearly every Costa Rican home, restaurant, and roadside food stand, Salsa Lizano is a smooth, light brown vegetable-based sauce with a touch of sweetness and a hearty punch of spice, including cumin, mustard, and turmeric. It’s most commonly served as a condiment with rice and beans and tamales, but it’s also used as a marinade for beef, pork, and chicken.
Salsa Lizano can also add a savory edge to vegetarian dishes, like Rice and Beans with Fried Eggs. If you buy a bottle to make this dish, you’ll have plenty left over to try in other recipes. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Costa Rican Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
Cut 1 pound of boneless pork butt into large chunks and put them in a slow-cooker with fresh cilantro, chopped garlic, 1 chopped canned chipotle chile, and 1 cup of Salsa Lizano; cook on high until the pork is fork-tender. Shred the meat and pile it into split kaiser rolls.
Quick Arroz con Pollo
Sauté chopped yellow onion, green bell pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in olive oil. Add shredded rotisserie chicken, Salsa Lizano, tomato sauce, cooked long-grain white rice, and frozen peas. Heat through and sprinkle with cilantro.
Mix ground beef with minced white onion, garlic, jalapeño, and Salsa Lizano. Shape into patties and grill or broil until cooked to your liking. Serve on potato rolls with mayonnaise and ketchup.
Roughly chop a red onion and a tomato and mix them into mashed avocados. Add Salsa Lizano and minced jalapeños to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.