If you ask me which is the most typical Ecuadorian dish, here it is. However, the “seco”, although it literally means “dry” in Spanish, is not dry, but they call it so because they let the sauce “dry”, which actually means that they let it reduce. Another theory claims that the seco comes from the English word “second”, as second course, that the gringos used to ask for in yesterday’s Ecuador, and that today is the dish covering the tables, all of the tables.

The components of the seco vary according to the product availability, but it could be said that they all come with rice, salad and some kind of protein with a sauce, either beef, chicken, fish or seafood. It doesn’t have any mystery, the seco is like a typical day’s menu, and its quality is highly variable.