The most traditional Canarian food recipes

Welcome back to Villa Gran Canaria’s blog!  Today, we would like to show you some of the best and the most traditional Canarian food recipes. This way, you will have the chance to enjoy the best of the authentic Canarian cuisine from the comfort of your own home.

Furthermore, you can also take a look at other posts of our blog in which we talk about some of our favourite Canaria food recipes, such as:

Now, let’s see some of the most typical Canarian food recipes!

Two traditional Canarian food recipes that you can prepare at home

Do you remember those delicious Canarian potatoes with mojo sauce? That delicious Canarian stew? Those flavours are impossible to forget… why don’t you try to prepare those dishes at home?

We have already told you the Canarian wrinkly potatoes and the mojo sauce recipe, but today we will reveal many other traditional Canarian food recipes!

Are you ready to discover them? Off we go!


Ropa Vieja - Canarian Stew Recipe


canarian chickpea stew

Ropa Vieja is a typical Canarian chickpea stew. It is a delicious dish made with chicken, shredded beef, tomatoes and garbanzo beans. It is perfect for the winter months due to it will warm you up. Let’s see the ingredients that you need and how to prepare it!

Ingredients needed

  • 1 large can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • Half a kilogram (about one pound) of chicken
  • Half a kilogram (about one pound) of beef
  • 2 links of chorizo (optional)
  • 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) of diced potatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped and peeled
  • 6 chopped cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves
  • Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked Spanish paprika
  • Bay leaf (optional)

Cooking instructions

  1. Cover the beef and the chicken with water and bring to a boil until they are cooked through. Remove and let them cool.
  2. Cut the meat into ribbons and add it to a large frying pan filled with a splash of hot olive oil. Then, add the garbanzo beans and fry it all together. Once everything is crispy, remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  3. In the same oil — maybe adding a bit more if needed — you have to add the chopped pepper, onion, garlic and tomato.
  4. Once the fried vegetables (sofrito) are cooked down, you add some black pepper and 3 cloves. Then, add two teaspoons of paprika, the stock, the white wine, and the bay leaf (if you want).
  5. When it is all boiling, add back in the meat and garbanzos and bring to a boil
  6. Add the diced potatoes and cover it all for 15 minutes while boiling. Then, uncover after 15 minutes and allow boiling until the potatoes are cooked through. Another way of doing it is frying the potatoes separately.
  7. Enjoy this wonderful Canarian food recipe!


Canarian Chicken Recipe


canarian chicken recipe

This is another of the most famous Canarian food recipes that we want to show you today. This is one of the dishes which are quite typical in the Canary Islands, in particular in Tenerife. There are slight variations in the recipe depending of the island of the Canaries where you are.

In some spots of the Canary Islands, the Canarian chicken recipe can be saturated with high levels of sauce and oil, which is something that we are all trying to avoid nowadays. There are alternatives to make the dish healthier, as with most recipes. Hence, here is an example on how you can prepare this delightful Canarian food recipe in a healthier way!

Ingredients needed

  • 1 whole chicken, or 8 chicken legs, or 8 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 batch of red Canarian mojo sauce

Cooking instructions

  1. You have to place the chicken (whatever is the format you have chosen) in a large baking tray. Then, you have to cover it with a great amount of Canarian red mojo sauce, making sure you cover perfectly the top and the undersides. If you want as much flavour as possible, then stuff the chicken under the skin too.
  2. Cover the chicken in plastic wrap/cling film and leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 8 hours and to a maximum of 2 days.
  3. When you consider that it is ready to be cooked, you need to preheat the oven to 240º C (470º F) for 15 minutes. Then, you have to put the chicken in the oven and lower the temperature to 200º C (400º F) immediately. Let the chicken roast for a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, you must remove the chicken from the oven and pour off the juices in the bottom of the tray. Later, spoon over some more of red mojo sauce. Put the chicken back to the oven.
  5. If you don’t want that the skin gets burnt, cover the chicken in foil and remove it 15 minutes before the full cooking time is over. When it is fully cooked, you have to leave the chicken to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Et… voilà! Next step is simply enjoying this exquisite Canarian food recipe!


We hope that you have enjoyed our post about these two Canarian food recipes. Hopefully you will try them at home! We would like to remember you that you can contact us anytime if you need more information or if you are interested in our services! Don’t hesitate to visit our web page — we will be pleased to help you!

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