Salvadoran Breakfast

September 27, 2013


My good friend and fellow mom Gaby is from El Salvador. Although she came to the United States when she was young, she continues to make desayuno Salvadoreño on a regular basis. She invited Mazen and me over to breakfast last week to try it and share the menu with you.


Our menu…


Tortillas in the making


Gaby used a secret trick to get them perfectly round…a ball smushed by a plate between parchment paper.


Mmmm doughy!


The tomatoes were fried in a little oil to make a salsa


I absolutely loved the pureed black beans! Gaby uses dried beans from her family’s farm in El Salvador.


And finally…fried eggs.


I loved everything – especially the plantains! It was one of those meals where everything went with everything else. I did a lot of dipping this in that.


To drink Gaby prepared the horchata mix with milk. It tasted like a latte you’d buy at Starbucks minus the coffee – very sweet! A perfect “dessert” to breakfast



Thanks for the delicious meal Gaby!


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1 Madison September 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

Looks so good!!! Gaby sounds like a great friend!


2 Dena Norton September 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

Ahhh….this takes me back. My first introduction to both “horchata” and “platanos” was during a Honduran mission trip over 15 years ago. I loved them both from the first taste! This whole meal looks so authentic and delicious – thanks for sharing, and for giving me a little trip down memory lane!


3 Monica September 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

That all looks amazing!


4 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

Uh, yes please!!


5 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

I would die over those black beans!! I’ve never heard of frying tomatoes before making salsa — it was probably delicious!!


6 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

Every item in this post looks amazingly delicious!


7 maggie @ say yes to salad September 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

this looks amazing! i’m not sure i could eat that every day, but it sounds like a perfect weekend brunch meal :)


8 Lindsay September 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

Do you happen to know where she purchased the horchata mix? I LOVE horchata and always order it when we go to our favorite mexican place but it would be awesome (and possibly dangerous…) if I could make it at home!


9 Janelle September 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

Yum! I love being cooking for – especially with breakfast for some reason. And everything looks so tasty.


10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

Okay this looks amazing! Now I’m going to HAVE to go to the Maxwell Street market here in Chicago soon to get my fix of authentic mexican food! I should check yelp for any Salvadoran restaurants…


11 Jesse September 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

this is pretty much my idea of a perfect breakfast, come over and feed me?

:) have a great weekend!


12 Katie @ A Full Plate September 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

YUM! And I love me some horchata.


13 Elyse September 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

I recently had authentic food from El Salvador for the first time ever and it was amazing!


14 Ashlee@HisnHers September 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

YUM! We have an El Salvadorian restaurant here in Texas and they serve frijoles negros instead of salsa with chips for an appetizer. I love how thick they are in comparison to typical Mexican refried beans.


15 Judy September 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

Yum!! Has inspired me to make some homemade black beans! And i love the dishes ithe first photo!


16 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

Plantains are God’s gift to oil and heat


17 Jackie September 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

Wow that looks amazing!


18 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

That looks like my kind of breakfast!


19 Carol September 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’m Salvadoran, so as soon as I saw the title of the post,I did a double take! YES, that is a typical breakfast for sure, now I’m hungry! :-) Glad you enjoyed it!


20 the lazy vegan who makes good food fast September 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

Wow those homemade tortillas look amazing! I think I need to make some. I’ve really been getting in to trying to make more things at home instead of using store bought…and who doesn’t love tortillas! As a vegan I’d skip the eggs but the plantains and beans look deeeelicious! yum <3


21 Ella P September 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Ohh, what a hearty and bountiful breakfast! and vegetarian. Simply stellar.
Greetings to you Kath and your friend Gaby (so lovely of her indeed :))

ps: we have horchata in Europe as well, in Spain of course 😉 so delicious and healthy.


22 Susan September 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

What a yummy meal! How nice that you got to try dishes from El Salvador right in C-ville.


23 Michelle September 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hello Kath!! I live in El Salvador and I´ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I was so happy that you tried one of our typical breakfasts!
Cheers and hugs from El Salvador


24 Tiffany September 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

This looks amazing! I love experiencing new cultures through food. Very sweet post, thank you for sharing :)

Saw this on yahoo today and I thought you would enjoy a new way to make oatmeal! There’s a video at the bottom of the post too.!knq4G

Hope you have a great weekend!


25 Jess September 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

that all looks SO good! and now i’m off to google salvadorian restaurants in cville… : )


26 lani September 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm



27 emily September 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Oh yum! I love horchata so much, but I didn’t know that there was a mix option.


28 robin September 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

What a treat!!


29 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Yum! Those tortillas look so fluffy and I’m sure the plantains were super tasty. And now I want horchata!


30 Lauren September 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Looks so delicious! I know there are different kinds of horchata but Whole Foods used to sell a delicious one in by the non-refrigerated milks (soy, etc.)


31 Nick September 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

This is my kind of breakfast and I’ll eat it every day. Looks very delicious and healthy. I’ll have to try making tortillas from scratch.


32 Lisa @bitesforbabies September 28, 2013 at 12:35 am

As I sit here (in Italy) sipping my espresso and eating my biscotti I’m thinking that a breakfast like this once a week would be a great change (even though I’m a creature of habit!). I love South American food…now I need to just find someone who will invite me over for a meal, lol!


33 colleen September 28, 2013 at 4:08 am

Do you think she could share the recipe for the salsa and tortillas? Maybe a video?


34 Ellen September 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

What a surprise to stop by to see how you’re doing and find this classic! I’ve had so many breakfasts just like this. The homemade tortillas make the meal for me. Can I submit a request for pupusas next? Hello to you and your family! Please send Karen some extra love from me


35 Molly September 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

Do you think you could specify exactly how she made the plantains? It looks like those gooey, sweet, melt in your mouth kind that I always find at buffets, but have NEVER been able to recreate at home…


36 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

those homemade tortillas look fabulous! what a great meal all around!


37 Kim September 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

You mentioned that the corn was freshly ground..can you please explain that process to us? It seems to me that almost nobody does that anymore, at least in the US. Thanks!!


38 KathEats September 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

That’s what the traditional recipe calls for. Gaby used pre ground


39 Kim October 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Gotcha. Thanks!


40 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

That looks like a wonderful savory breakfast! I just tried frying plantains for the first time a few months ago and they were amazing!


41 Taylor September 29, 2013 at 11:24 am

That all looks so wonderful! Especially those tortillas!!


42 Nicole September 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Looks like so much fun! And so delicious!


43 Liz September 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

That’s very familiar to me :) Im from Latin America (Colombia) and that’s how we eat. Here ingredients never come from a can, a box or a bag. We make everything from scratch. That’s why our meal takes long time to be made. But that’s part of the latin spirit :) Nice breakfast!


44 Cait's Plate September 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

Looks absolutely amazing – especially those black beans!!


45 Chelsea @ TableForOne September 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I love those traditional flavors, and nothing compares to homemade tortillas and huevos rancheros with great friends!


46 Patricia October 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’m from El Salvador and I live very far away from home. This post brought a smile to my face. Thanks!


47 Kym August 2, 2014 at 8:13 am


Soy boricua y me saco lagrimas ver a los maduros!!!! And I loveeeeeee pupusas!


48 Neil Butterfield November 8, 2013 at 3:28 am

Sounds delicious, I love this type of food.


49 karla April 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

Im more in love with your website is good to know when people from another country try others culture/contry recipe a like them!!! Im from El Salvador and believe thas the traneditional breakfast for everyon


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