Throw out those frozen waffles and forget the instant oatmeal. Instead, start your day with one of the classic Ecuadorian breakfasts: savory, comforting, and hearty. From bolon with fresh salsa and scrambled eggs to a fresh and tart shrimp ceviche, here Ecuadorian dishes to whip up any morning.
Though you might consider ceviche a dinner-time-only option, in Ecuador, shrimp ceviche is often served in the morning. This shrimp is in a bright lemon, orange, and mandarin juice marinade and tossed with sweet red and green bell peppers. Try it as a mid morning snack.
Encebollados, which means “in onions”, are salads or soups consisting of potatoes or yuca, a protein, like chicken or fish, and pickled onions. This soup is made with a mild white fish (like tilapia), simmered in tomatoes, onions, aji, and tossed with yuca, then topped with tangy pickled onions. It's easy to make, healthy, hearty, and very flavorful.
Mote Pillo is a traditional Ecuadorian hominy and egg scramble. The onion and garlic refrito base gives this scramble a delicious flavor, which is absorbed by every hominy kernel. This dish also has queso fresco and a hint of achiote powder which gives it some color and a sprinkling of cilantro to finish.