The signature dish of “the Crazy Woman” and the city of Granada.
Vigorón, the official dish of the city of Granada, Nicaragua, is a street food made with soft boiled yucca, crispy fried chicharròn (pork skin), and curtido, a vinegar-and-chili-soaked salad of cabbage and a tangy local fruit called mimbro. The three crunchy, salty, sour layers are served on a banana leaf and always eaten with one’s hands.
The street snack was the invention of Maria Luisa Cisnero Lacayo, nicknamed La Loca (“the Crazy Woman”). In 1914, Lacayo was a vendor at the local baseball stadium and came up with the dish as a way to stand out from the typical offerings of boiled corn and sweet tamales. After seeing a poster for a health tonic called “Vigorón,” she took the name for her game-day snack. A century later, her creation has become the most iconic food of her city. It’s even gained a reputation for causing bad manners: Locals say it’s so addictive, you can’t help but suck every last bit from your fingers.
Where to Try It
Esquina Parque CentralEsquina Parque Central, Granada, Nicaragua
In this park, El Gordito sells his vigorón from a kiosk in front of the city’s cathedral.
Municipal MarketCalle Atravesada, Granada, Nicaragua
La Pelona's turf for selling her specialty.