What Are Your Favorite Latin American Foods and Recipes?

In case you haven't noticed yet, we're focusing on cooking inspired by Latin America this week. From the common (burritos!) to the less well-known (Brazilian cheese puffs!) Mexico, Central America, and South America offer a huge range of rich cuisine. We've co-opted some of this into everyday American cooking (see: tacos) but we're interested in learning more, too. What's your favorite Latin American recipe or cuisine?

One of my latest loves has been paletas, the ubiquitous Mexican popsicle. The rice pudding-inspired popsicles above are a fantastic dessert for late summer, creamy and satisfying.

Get the recipe: Coconut and Mango Rice Pudding Pops

What about you? Have you learned or inherited especially treasured recipes or tastes from Latin America?

(Image: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.