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25 Traditional Latinx Dishes You Can Make Yourself

There’s nothing like Latinx food made from scratch at home, but most of us don’t have the luxury of relying on mami or abuelita’s homecooked meals. Sure, you could just ask them for recipes, but oftentimes because so many Latina cooks taste as they go without using measurements, it’s not always easy to reproduce their dishes and get them exactly the same. Searching for recipes online could take time too especially if you don’t even know where to start.

To make your life a tad bit easier, we thought we’d help you out by creating a roundup of some of the tastiest yet simplest Latinx recipes — all in one place! These recipes are not only easy to make but can help get you started on making meals that remind you of the food you ate growing up. In this roundup, we feature recipes from a variety of countries, so there is something for almost everyone. Let’s step into the kitchen, demystify the process of making the food our mothers, grandmothers, and past ancestors made, and have fun with it all. It’s a fun way to get in touch with our roots while eating healthier than if we ate out. We also will be saving money, since cooking at home is cheaper (and time-saving if you cook in bulk and eat several meals from one day’s worth of cooking). So, without further ado, here are 25 Latinx recipes you can learn how to make hoy!

Cuban Chicken Ropa Vieja

Recipe via Cuban Recipes and Food

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
1 qt low sodium chicken stock
1 T olive oil
1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly
1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly=
1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can low sodium tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 T white wine vinegar
1 bay leaf

Directions

Place the chicken breasts into a medium pot and pour chicken stock over them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until breasts are completely done. Remove the breasts from the stock and place on a cutting board. Allow to cool until you can comfortably handle the meat with your fingers.

Once the chicken is cooled, remove the skin and bones. With your fingers, shred the chicken along the grain so that you have long, fine slivers of meat. Set these aside.

In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat for a full minute. Add the peppers and onions and sauté until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant for 1 minute. Add the shredded chicken and stir to combine.

Add the tomato sauce, sherry, vinegar, and bay leaf and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for about 20 to 30 minutes to allow flavors to combine. Remove the bay leaf and serve over brown rice.

Enjoy!

Salvadoran Pupusas Made By Curly And His Abuelita

Recipe via Tasty

Ingredients

for 18 pupusas

CURTIDO

  • ½ head green cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 small white onion, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 4 cups

     boiling water

  • 1 cup

     distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon

     dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons

     kosher salt

CHICHARRÓN

  • 1 teaspoon

     vegetable oil

  • 1 lb

     boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch (2-cm) cubes

  • 1 teaspoon

     salt

  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced

PUPUSA DOUGH

  • 4 cups

     masa harina

  • 2 teaspoons

     salt

  • 3 cups

     cold water

FILLING

  • 1 cup

     grated mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup

     refried bean, cooked

  • 1 tablespoon

     vegetable oil, for frying

Preparation

  1. Make the curtido: In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, and carrots. Pour the boiling water over the vegetables and toss. Let sit for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, combine the vinegar, oregano, and salt. Pour over the slaw and toss to coat. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer the curtido any leftover liquid in the bowl to an airtight jar or container.
  3. Chill for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator, or chill overnight for best results.
  4. Make the chicharrón: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the pork shoulder and salt. Cook for 15 minutes without disturbing. If the pork is browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Turn the pork over and let cook on the other side for 10 minutes more, or until crispy and golden brown.
  5. Transfer the pork to a food processor and add the tomato, green bell pepper, and onion. Pulse until thick a paste forms. The mixture should not be watery. Set aside.
  6. Make the pupusa dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the masa harina and salt, then add the water. Use your hands to mix until the dough comes together with a clay-like texture.
  7. Fill a small bowl with water and a bit of oil and set near your work station. You’ll wet your fingers with the mixture as you work to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
  8. Take a golf ball-sized portion of dough and roll into a ball, then flatten into an even round.
  9. Fill the dough round with ½ tablespoon chicharrón paste, 1 teaspoon refried beans, and 1 teaspoon mozzarella cheese. Fold the dough over the filling until it’s completely sealed. Then, pat out the ball between your hands until flat. If the pupusa cracks, patch it with a bit of dough and a little oil. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  10. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat. Brush with vegetable oil, then place 2-3 pupusas on the pan and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side for 2-4 minutes more, until golden brown and warmed through. Repeat with the remaining pupusas.
  11. Serve the pupusas with curtido.
  12. Enjoy!

Nicaraguan Gallo Pinto

Recipe via Serious Eats

Note:

  • Rice should be prepared 1 day in advance for gallo pinto.
  • Goya sells “Central American Beans,” which are the small, red kidney beans that are standard issue in Nicaragua. If you can’t find them, use small black beans.
  • This recipe makes more beans than necessary for the gallo pinto, but leftovers may be reserved for other use.
  • Gallo pinto is served either soft or crisp—cook according to preference.

Ingredients

  • For the beans
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag dried small red or black beans
  • Salt
  • 7 garlic cloves, peeled
  • For the rice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup), divided
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored and seeded

Directions

For the beans: Spread beans out in a rimmed baking sheet. Pick out any debris and broken beans. Transfer beans to colander and rinse under cold running water. Place rinsed beans in a large pot and cover with cold water; water should cover beans about 3 inches. Let soak for 30 minutes.

Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer beans for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, cover beans, and let rest 1 hour. Bring beans back up to boil over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons salt and garlic, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until beans are tender for 30 to 60 minutes.

If storing the beans, cool completely, transfer beans and some of the cooking liquid to quart-sized zipper-lock bags. When ready to use, thaw out in refrigerator and heat on the stovetop in saucepan or microwave.

For the rice: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add 2/3 of onion and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add rice and cook, stirring, until grains are shiny and evenly coated with oil, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water or broth and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Place bell pepper on top of rice.

Boil rice without stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated and you can see small bubbles bursting on the surface of the rice. Immediately reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and cook (do not stir, do not remove lid) for 15 minutes. Remove and discard bell pepper. Fluff rice with chopsticks or fork, then let cool and refrigerate for 1 day.

For the gallopinto: Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add remaining onion and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add rice and 2 cups beans to skillet and cook, stirring, until rice is evenly coated. Continue to cook, stirring, to allow flavors to meld and mixture to become slightly crisp, about 10 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat an additional 10 minutes. (See note.)

Mexican Tacos Dorados

Recipe via America’s Test Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Arrange the tacos so they face the same direction in the skillet to make them easy to fit and flip. To ensure crispy tacos, cook the tortillas until they are deeply browned. To garnish, open each taco like a book and load it with your preferred toppings; close it to eat.

INSTRUCTIONS

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine water and baking soda in large bowl. Add beef and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and cook until paste is rust-colored 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef mixture and cook, using a wooden spoon to break meat into pieces no larger than ¼ inch, until beef is no longer pink 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer beef mixture to bowl; stir in cheddar until cheese has melted and the mixture is homogeneous. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels.

Thoroughly brush both sides of tortillas with 2 tablespoons oil. Arrange tortillas, overlapping, on a rimmed baking sheet in 2 rows (6 tortillas each). Bake until tortillas are warm and pliable, about 5 minutes. Remove tortillas from oven and reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees.

Place 2 tablespoons filling on 1 side of 1 tortilla. Fold and press to close tortilla (edges will be open, but tortilla will remain folded). Repeat with remaining tortillas and remaining filling. (At this point, filled tortillas can be covered and refrigerated for up to 12 hours.)

Set wire rack in a second rimmed baking sheet and line rack with a double layer of paper towels. Heat remaining ¼ cup oil in now-empty skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Arrange 6 tacos in a skillet with open sides facing away from you. Cook, adjusting the heat so oil actively sizzles and bubbles appear around edges of tacos, until tacos are crispy and deeply browned on 1 side, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs and thin spatula, carefully flip tacos. Cook until deeply browned on the second side, 2 to 3 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary.

Remove skillet from heat and transfer tacos to prepared wire rack. Blot tops of tacos with a double layer of paper towels. Place sheet with fried tacos in the oven to keep warm. Return skillet to medium-high heat and cook remaining tacos. Serve tacos immediately, passing extra cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, jalapeños, and hot sauce separately.

Platano Maduro Frito

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Recipe via Fine Cooking

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 very ripe, dark-brown plantains (2 lb.), ends removed, peeled, and sliced 1/2 inch thick on a sharp diagonal

Preparation:

  • Fill a 12-inch heavy-duty skillet with 1/4 inch of oil (about 1-1/2 cups) and heat over medium heat until the tip of a plantain slice dipped in the oil sizzles vigorously.
  • Working in batches of about 12, slide the plantain slices in one at a time, making sure they’re not touching. Fry, flipping once with tongs or a fork, until golden-brown on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining plantains, reheating the oil as needed between batches. Serve hot.

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Recipe via Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

Directions

Prepare the bag of French fries according to package directions.

While the French fries are cooking, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Season the sliced meat with salt and pepper to taste. Fry the meat until just cooked, and the juices begin to release. Remove the meat from the frying pan, then cook the onions, with additional oil if needed, until they are transparent. Stir in the tomato and aji amarillo; cook until the tomato softens. Pour in the vinegar and soy sauce, add the French fries, cover, and cook until the beef is done about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.

Arroz Con Leche For Beginners

Photo: ISABEL EATS

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk (I used 2% milk, but you can also use whole milk for an even thicker consistency. However, I don’t recommend using skim milk.)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • optional toppings: ground cinnamon, chopped nuts, a spoonful of cajeta

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium or large pot over high heat, add rice, cinnamon sticks, salt, and water. Mix together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Add the milk, give it a stir, cover and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the sugar, give it another stir, cover and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the lid, raise the heat to medium-high and cook for another 5 minutes or until the rice pudding has reached a thick consistency.
  • Remove from heat and let the rice cool for 15 minutes. This will help the pudding thicken even more. Serve warm or refrigerate for 2 hours and serve cold.
  • Garnish with cinnamon, chopped nuts, a spoonful of cajeta or any other toppings you like.

Colombian Arroz con Pollo

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Recipe via My Colombian Recipes

Ingredients
(4 Servings)

Chicken and Stock
2 whole chicken breast, bone in and skin removed
1 scallion
½ white onion
2 garlic cloves
½ tablespoon ground cumin
½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran
1 bay leaf
Salt and Pepper
Rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup chopped green pepper
1 cup long- grain white rice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 chicken bouillon tablet
2 ½ cups chicken stock
½ tablespoon sazon goya with azafran
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen diced carrots
½ cup frozen diced green beans

Directions

Place the chicken breast, 5 cups water and the remaining ingredients for the stock in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the chicken rest in the pot for about 15 minutes covered. Let it cool, shred and set aside. Strain stock and measure 2 ½ cups and set aside.

In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, green peppers, garlic, and red bell pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the rice, tomato paste, chicken bouillon, and sazon goya. Stir until the rice is well coated about 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the peas, carrots and green beans and cook for an additional 7 minutes, add the shredded chicken and cilantro, mix well with a fork, cover and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve and Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Honduran Bean Soup

Photo: Photo by Suellen Pineda, RDN, CDN/Hispanic Kitchen

Recipe via Hispanic Kitchen

  • 1POUND CENTRAL AMERICAN BEANS DRY (AVOID CANNED FOR THIS PARTICULAR RECIPE)
  • 2BAY LEAVES
  • 3CLOVES GARLIC PEELED AND WHOLE
  • 6LEAVES CULANTRO (RECAITO)
  • 1TEASPOON GROUND CUMIN
  • 1SMALL ONION PEELED AND CUT IN HALF
  • 1/2GREEN BELL PEPPER
  • SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
    1. Clean beans to remove any debris from harvesting.
    2. Rinse under cold running water.
    3. Place beans inside a pressure cooker, cover with enough water, add garlic, bay leaves, and culantro leaves. (Check your pressure cooker manufacturer’s information), cook until tender. Release pressure and put back on the stovetop on medium heat.
    4. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.
    5. While beans are cooking, peel and boil the green bananas. Another option is to peel the bananas and cook them with the beans only after you have released the pressure.
    6. At this point, you can add the shelled eggs directly to the simmering soup, for about 15-20 minutes. You can also add the whole eggs in the soup, and peel them before serving. Just make sure eggs are at room temperature, otherwise, they will crack open.
    7. Enjoy with your favorite toppings.

Ecuadorian Fritada de Chancho

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FRITADA DE CHANCHO es por lejos mi plato favorito en ECUADOR 🇪🇨. Mi RETO Nro: 52 de "Un plato por país " . Hacer fritada es más fácil de lo que se piensa y el resultado unos nuggets de cerdo crujientes y deliciosos 😋 La receta la encuentras en mi blog. 🇪🇨😍👌😋😋👅👍👍❤️🇪🇨——————————————————–FRIED ECUADORIAN PORK is by far one of my most favorite dish in ECUADOR 🇪🇨. My challenge Number 52 of " One dish per country". To make " Fried Pork" is easier than you think and the result is crispy and delicious pork nuggets. The recipe can be found in my blog, got to the link above in my profile.————————————————-#ecuador #ecuadorianfood #ecuadoramalavida #ecuador🇪🇨 #fritadadechancho #friedpork #ecuatorianos #ecuatorianosenelmundo #tastingtable #foodporn #latinoamerica #foodporn #foodphoto #fried #orangejuice #rice #platanofrito #couldnotbebetter #chancho #pork #curtido #nopodiaserdeotramanera. 🇪🇨😍👌😋😋👍👅🇪🇨

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Recipe via Laylita’s Recipes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs of pork (1-2 lb of baby back pork ribs and 2 lbs of boneless ribs or loin or any combination of these, cut in medium size squares)
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 10 garlic gloves (5 whole and 5 minced)
  • 1 white onion (chopped in large pieces)
  • 1 shallot (chopped in large pieces)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • Salt to taste
Side dishes:

Instructions

  1. Season the pork with the cumin, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours if you have time.
  2. In a large wok or a sauté pan add the meat, the chopped onion and shallot, the whole garlic cloves and the 3 cups of water.
  3. Cook on medium heat until the water is almost gone.
  4. Add the orange juice and let it reduce
  5. The meat will begin to brown, stir frequently to avoid burning, cook until all the pieces are evenly browned.
  6. Add the boiled yuca, mote or hominy and plantains to the same pan or you can also arrange the fritada and the sides on a large serving platter.
  7. Serve the fritada with the sides including the yuca, hominy, plantains, curtidoor marinated onion lime cilantro tomato salad), avocado slices and aji criollo (hot sauce).

An alternative for those who don’t eat pork:

Recipe for Chicken fritada {Fritada de gallina}

Peruvian Ceviche

Photo: Marcus Nilsson/Bon Appétit

Recipe by Gast N Acurio Of La Mar In Lima Peru, via Bon Appétit

INGREDIENTS

Leche de Tigre

  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Ceviche

  • 1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 ear of corn, husked
  • 1/2 ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound fluke, flounder, or sole, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Cilantro leaves

RECIPE PREPARATION

Leche de Tigre

  • Set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

Ceviche

  • Pour water into a large pot fitted with a steamer basket to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add sweet potato, cover, and cook until just fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

  • Meanwhile, add more water to the same pot, if needed, to measure 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add an ear of corn to pot and steam until crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely.

  • Halve potato lengthwise. Using a small melon baller, scoop out potato balls and place them in a small bowl; set aside. Cut kernels from the cob. Reserve 1/3 cup kernels (save extra kernels for another use).

  • Rub a large bowl with cut sides of chile; discard. Place fluke, 2/3 of onion, leche de tigre, and 4 large ice cubes in a bowl; stir well. Let marinate for 2 minutes; remove ice. Fold in potato and corn; season with salt.

  • Using a slotted spoon, divide ceviche into small bowls or onto plates. Drizzle ceviche with leche de tigre from a bowl; garnish with remaining onion and cilantro.

Honduran Baleadas

Recipe via Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix flour, water, vegetable oil, egg, and salt in a large bowl; knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  2. Form the dough into 8 golf ball-sized balls. Cover and let rest, about 20 minutes.
  3. Stretch each ball of dough into a thick tortilla.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla until browned and lightly puffed, about 1 minute per side.
  5. Layer refried beans, avocado, and queso fresco over tortillas. Drizzle crema on top; fold tortillas in half overfilling.
Footnotes
  • Cook’s Note:
  • Substitute lukewarm milk for the water if desired.

Venezuelan Pabellon Criollo

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Recipe via The Spruce Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chopped onions (2-3 medium onions)
  • 1 15 ounces can black beans
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tomatoes, diced

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the flank steak in a pot with the bouillon and cover with water.

  2. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and let the meat cool in the pot with the juices.

  3. Saute 2 teaspoons minced garlic in 4 tablespoons vegetable oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.

  4. Add the rice to the boiling water, lower the heat, and simmer the rice, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the rice covered for 5 minutes more.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to a skillet, and saute half the chopped onions with the rest of the minced garlic until soft.

  6. Add the can of black beans (undrained), 1/2 cup water, chicken bouillon, cumin, garlic powder, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced.

  7. Slice the cooled steak against the grain into thin slices. The meat should be very tender and falling apart. Shred the larger pieces into bite-size pieces with your fingers.

  8. Add 2 tablespoons butter to a skillet and cook the rest of the chopped onions until soft. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of the steak pan juices, and the sliced steak and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  9. Arrange the meat and tomatoes on 1/3 of a serving platter. Place the rice next to the meat, and then place the beans on the other side of the rice, to resemble the stripes of a tri-color flag.

  10. Serve with fried plantains on the side and enjoy!

Brazilian Coxinhas

Recipe via Tasty

Ingredients

For 9 Servings

FILLING

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
2 cups chicken, cooked, shredded
½ teaspoon paprika, or cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
4 oz cream cheese
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Preparation

In a medium pot, heat olive oil, then sauté garlic and onions until soft and brown. Add shredded chicken, salt, and paprika (or cayenne pepper). Stir to incorporate.

Transfer mixture into a bowl, add cream cheese and parsley. Mix well.

In the same pot, add butter, chicken broth, and milk. Bring to a boil. Stir in flour until dough is formed.

Transfer dough to a flat surface. Knead the dough while it is warm, but not hot.

Pinch a piece of dough, about the size of a large egg, and roll into a ball. Using your hands, flatten the dough and spoon filling into the center. Wrap the dough into a pear shape and make sure there aren’t any holes.

While heating a pot of oil to 350˚F/180˚C, dredge the dough in egg and panko, then deep-fry till golden brown and cooked through.

Drain on a towel, or wire rack and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Creamy Caramel Flan

Recipe via Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, cook sugar and water over medium-low heat until melted and golden, about 15 minutes. Brush down crystals on the side of the pan with additional water as necessary. Quickly pour into an ungreased 2-qt. round baking or souffle dish, tilting to coat the bottom; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over caramelized sugar.
  • Place the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour boiling water into larger pan to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until center is just set (mixture will jiggle).
  • Remove dish from a larger pan to a wire rack; cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight.
  • To unmold, run a knife around edges and invert onto a large rimmed serving platter. Cut into wedges or spoon onto dessert plates; spoon sauce over each serving.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Sweetened condensed milk is milk with most of the water cooked off, to which sugar has been added. It’s generally used in candy and dessert recipes. Evaporated milk is concentrated in the same way, but doesn’t contain added sugar. It lends rich texture to foods without the fat. This recipe uses both types of milk.
  • A reliable way to test cheesecake and baked custard for doneness is to gently thump the side of the pan. If the custard wobbles as one unit (instead of rippling like a stone’s been tossed in the pool), it’s ready.

 

Puerto Rican Arroz con Gadules

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Sometimes you just need a home cooked meal with the family _________ 1st 📸 – Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), macaroni salad, and pernil (slow roasted marinated pork) _________ 2nd 📸 – Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder marinated overnight and cooked for a few hours straight out of the oven (look at that crispy skin!) _________ 3rd 📸 – Pork cut up and served (save the crispy skin and natural juices) _ _ _ _ _ #puertoricanfood #dominicanfood #spanishfood #puertoricogram #homemadedinner #pernil #arrozcongandules #macaronisalad #slowroasted #authenticfood #hobokeneats #hobokennj #jcheights #unioncity #weehawken #westnewyork #eatfamous #njeats #eastcoastfoodies #brothersofhoboken #puertorico #eastcoastfoodies #eatfamous #forkfeed #riceandbeans

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Recipe via Immaculate Bites

Ingredients
  • cups long-grain rice, rinsed
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • tablespoons sofrito
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • can 15 oz Gandules (Pigeon Peas), drained
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup sliced olives
  • 1 packet sazon
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash rice until water runs clear. Drain water.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté bacon until brown and crisp. This may take about 5-5 minutes.

  3. Remove bacon from skillet and transfer to a plate. There will be some bacon drippings left in the pan (about 1-2 tablespoons).

  4. Pour about 1-2 tablespoons oil to the pan then add sofrito to the skillet, until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.

  5. Throw onion, garlic, and cumin to the pan. Sauté for about a minute.

  6. Stir in rice and continue stirring for about 1-2 minutes.

  7. Then add gandules, tomato sauce, olives, sazon and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat; cover with a lid and simmer until rice is cooked, about 18 minutes or more. Stir occasionally from the sides to prevent burns, add more water if needed.

  8. Adjust for salt and pepper.

Dominican Chicharron de Pollo

Recipe via Dominican Cooking

Ingredients

2 lb [0.91 kg] of chicken thighs
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
A pinch of oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 cups of vegetable oil for frying (canola, soy or corn)
2 limes cut into wedges

Directions

Remove meat from bones. Cut chicken into small pieces (about 2″). Leave the skin on the chicken.
Mix flour, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder.
Coat the chicken strips with this mixture. Shake excess off.
Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat.
Deep fry the chicken until it turns golden brown.
Put on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Garnish with lime wedges and serve with tostones.

Colombian Arepas

 

Chilean Curanto

Recipe via International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 pound mini Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 medium white onion sliced
  • 1 banana pepper or several small jalapenos thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1 large Savoy cabbage leaves torn off
  • 2 Spanish chorizo sausages cut in thirds
  • 1 pound smoked pork spare ribs or pork chops
  • 2 pounds clams
  • 1 pound mussels
  • 1 cup white wine

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large grill-proof wide pot over high heat on the barbecue.
  2. Add chicken and cook until lightly brown.
  3. Add potatoes, red peppers, onions, banana peppers and half of garlic minced, season with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes or until softened.
  4. Cover tightly with cabbage leaves.
  5. Add sausage and spare ribs and cover with more cabbage leaves.
  6. Add clams, mussels and remaining garlic, pour wine over top and cover with a final layer of cabbage leaves.
  7. Cover pot tightly with a lid.
  8. Keep barbecue heat at about 325 F and cook for about 40 minutes or until everything is cooked and steaming hot.
  9. Remove pot from barbecue and put all the ingredients clams, mussels, sausage, chicken and pork on a platter.
  10. Serve cabbage as well.
  11. Enjoy!

Salvadorian Panes con Pavo

Recipe via Saveur

Ingredients

  • 12 cups light beer
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. pepitas (dried pumpkin seeds; optional)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 12 tsp. annatto seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 large turkey drumsticks (about 4 lbs.)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions, 1 chopped, 1 thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 6 (6″) crusty Italian bread loaves, ends trimmed, split in half lengthwise
  • 1 bunch watercress

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Purée beer, oil, peppercorns, sesame seeds, pepitas, oregano, annatto, garlic, bay leaves, and 1 cup water in a blender. Combine purée and turkey in a dutch oven; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil on the stove, cover, and braise until turkey is very tender about 2 hours.
  2. Purée tomatoes, chopped onions, peppers, and 1 cup water in a blender. Transfer turkey to a plate (leave sauce in pot); let cool. Add purée to pot; boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Discard skin and bones from turkey; tear meat into thick pieces. Stir turkey into sauce, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide stew between loaves; garnish with sliced onions and watercress.

Bolivian Salteña de Carne

Recipe via The Spruce Eats

Ingredients

  • For the Filling:
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or beef)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound stewing beef
  • 2 tablespoons aji panca paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Dash salt (to taste)
  • Dash black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen)
  • 1 (1/4 oz.) package gelatin (unflavored)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 14 to 16 olives (green)
  • For the Dough:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening (or lard)
  • 1 tablespoon achiote
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

Steps to Make It

Make the Filling

The filling of salteñas is also different from other empanadas. It’s much juicier with lots of stewing liquid accompanying the meat and vegetables.

Gelatin is added to the filling while it is still hot. The mixture is then chilled until it thickens, which makes it easier to handle when shaping the salteñas. As the salteñas bake, the gelatin melts and the broth becomes a liquid again. It’s a nice trick that keeps the salteñas from getting soggy.

  1. Peel the potatoes and dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.

  2. In a saucepan, bring the chicken or beef stock to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes, reserving the cooking broth, and set aside.

  3. Cut the beef into small 1/2-inch cubes.

  4. In a large, heavy skillet, add 2 tablespoons oil and sauté the beef until browned on all sides. Remove beef from the skillet and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the fat remaining in the skillet.

  5. Add the aji panca, onions, and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté until the onions have softened (about 3 to 4 minutes).

  6. Add the cumin, paprika, and oregano and sauté for several minutes.

  7. Add the beef back to the skillet and cook while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.

  8. Add the reserved broth (from cooking the potatoes) to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  9. Simmer beef and vegetables over low heat until the beef is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes). Add a bit more broth if needed.

  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cooked potatoes and peas and stir until heated through.

  11. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Add the water to the beef mixture and stir well.

  12. Remove from heat and transfer to a casserole dish. Refrigerate until cooled completely.

    Prepare the Dough

While the filling is cooling, you can prepare the dough. Do this right away because it does need to rest for a while.

  1. Place the flour in a large bowl.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the vegetable shortening, butter, and achiote. Heat over medium until hot.

  3. Add the hot fat mixture to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Use your fingers to distribute the fat evenly through the flour until it is crumbly.

  4. In a small saucepan, stir the sugar and salt into the water and heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. Stir this hot water mix into the flour mixture, along with the egg.

  5. Knead the mixture until it forms a smooth dough, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if the dough seems dry. Set the dough aside for 30 minutes to an hour.

    Assemble and Bake the Salteñas

With both elements of the salteñas ready, it’s now time to assemble and bake them.

  1. Divide the dough into 2-ounce balls (about the size of a golf ball). Press each ball into a flat round and let rest for 5 minutes.

  2. With a rolling pin, roll each round of dough into a larger oval shape that is about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the chilled filling in the middle of a dough round. Add an olive to the filling. Fold the dough in half over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal dough all the way around. If you want a shinier crust, brush a mixture of 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons milk onto each salteña.

  5. Place salteñas on a baking sheet, braid up, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Argentinian Milanesa de Res

Photo: Latino Foodie

Recipe via Latino Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs thinly sliced pieces of beef Top round works best
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt Divide in half for beef and the breadcrumb mixture
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper Divide in half for the beef and the breadcrumb mixture seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • canola oil for frying Amount depends on the size of the frying pan

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or deep baking dish, season your beef with salt and pepper.

  2. In a pie plate, spread out the all-purpose flour. (Have a large plate ready for the breaded beef to rest before frying.)

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs.

  4. In another pie plate, combine the plain breadcrumbs, ancho chile powder, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and dried Mexican oregano.

  5. Using your hands or kitchen tongs, place the beef one-by-one into breadcrumbs, turning to coat both sides. Next, dip the beef into the whisked eggs and finally into the breadcrumbs. Lightly pat the steaks so the coating sticks. Place the breaded beef aside on a plate.

  6. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium-high heat. Make sure the oil is hot before placing the steaks. Fry about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown (this will happen faster than you think so don’t walk away) on both sides and cooked through. Place the steaks on paper towels to drain any excess oil before serving

Uruguayan Chivito Sandwich

Recipe via NYT Cooking 

INGREDIENTS

  •  Salt and pepper
  • 3 five-ounce slices tender beef steak, cut 1/2-inch thick
  • 6 slices pancetta or bacon
  • 1 large onion, sliced in thin rings
  • 6 thin slices Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
  • 6 small kaiser or Portuguese sandwich rolls, split
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  •  lettuce leaves
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 1 roasted sweet pepper, optional
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced, optional
  •  Chimichurri salsa (see recipe)

PREPARATION

  1. Ask your butcher for 3 five-ounce steaks, about a half-inch thick, using rib-eye, shell strip or other tender cuts. Trim excess fat from edges if necessary. Cut each steak in half crosswise and lightly pound each piece to a 1/4-inch thickness. You will have 6 small, thin steaks. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a wide cast-iron pan or ridged grill pan over medium-high heat, cook pancetta until crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Reserve. Wipe away excess fat and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred and softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and set aside. (Alternatively, grill over hot coals.)
  3. In the same pan (or over coals) sear the beef on one side till nicely colored, about 2 minutes. Flip it and top each little steak with a slice of cooked pancetta, a slice of cheese and some charred onion. Cook for about 1 minute more for rare, 2 minutes for medium-rare. Remove steaks from heat.
  4. Slice the sandwich rolls and spread with mayonnaise. For each sandwich, stack lettuce leaves, cooked steak, tomato slice, roasted pepper and egg if using, and 2 teaspoons chimichurri. Replace the top of the roll and press down lightly. Cut the sandwiches in half if desired. Serve immediately.

Guatemalan Pepian

Photo: Whole Planet Foundation

Recipe via Whole Planet Foundation

Ingredients

  • 3-pound chicken cut into pieces
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped or 1-14 ounce can
  • 5 medium tomatillos, chopped
  • 1 pasilla chile, chopped
  • 1 guajillo chile, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 corn tortillas cut into pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon achiote paste

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, broth, and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Bring tomatoes, tomatillos, and both chiles to a boil in ½ cup of chicken broth; reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while doing the next 2 steps.
  3. Toast sesame seeds, pepitas, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes in a dry skillet over low heat. Once you start to smell them toasting remove from the heat.
  4. Place toasted ingredients in a blender and pulse to a powder, then add to the tomato mixture and pour back into the blender and puree.
  5. Soften achiote paste in a ¼ cup of the hot chicken broth and blend with a fork.
  6. Add tortillas, achiote paste, and 2 cups of chicken broth to the blender and process until smooth.
  7. Pour the contents of the blender into the chicken pan, stir and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Serve with warmed corn tortillas and rice
  9. Enjoy!

Mexican Chilaquiles

Photo: Mexico in My Kitchen

Recipe via Mexico in My Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas cut into six preferably dry tortillas left out over the counter the night before
  • 2 cups salsa Red or green salsa(See links below)
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cream
  • 1/2 cup Cheese Mexican Queso, crumbled
  • 1 sprig Epazote
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped to garnish
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 slices onion rings separated
  • Salt to season
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken breast cooked and shredded (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and start frying the tortillas until golden and crisp in batches. You might need to do 2 or 3 batches to avoid overcrowding the skillet. Drain the tortillas on paper towels. Repeat the process with the rest of the tortillas.
  • Clean the skillet with a paper towel, turn the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the sauce and let it cook for 5 minutes. Add the Epazote and season the sauce with salt. Carefully stir in the tortillas to avoid breaking them. Add the chicken (if using) and coat it with the salsa. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Serve garnished with crumbled cheese, cilantro, onion and topped with the cream. Serve with “Refried beans”. Avocado is also a good addition to the plate.

Notes

For a more real and authentic Chilaquiles taste, use Epazote. I think this is the final touch of the dish, which provides a pungent flavor for a perfect combination with the tomato sauce. (Go easy with it because it has a strong, unique aroma).