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Salsa Lizano

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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.

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    Rice and Beans with Fried Eggs

    Served with soft corn tortillas, this traditional Costa Rican dish works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Salsa Lizano is a Costa Rican condiment that’s similar to Worcestershire sauce but thicker and sweeter—you can…


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  • latinfoodlady | 01/26/2013

    I fell in love with salsa lizano when i went to costa rica a few years ago. I have been buying it online ever since I came home at Amigofoods.com.


  • fairwinds11 | 04/02/2011

    We've been buying Salsa Lizano regularly since our first trip to Costa Rica. It is on every restaurant table along with other bottles of hot sauce etc. If we have friends going to Costa Rica we have them bring some back with them for us. You can also Google it and find several ways to order it online--it's worth the effort. It's great over hamburger patties, steaks, in rice for flavoring, etc. If there's a recipe out there I'd like to have it too, but the original is probably still the best!

  • greatvictuals | 04/02/2011

    Is there a recipe for Salsa Lizano? I never heard of this salsa before unless it is standard salsa with a different name.

    Can you provide a recipe?

    Thank you.

    Dennis M. Bortko

    Chef De Marko

    South Padre Island, TX.

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