Latin American Recipes & Food Ideas
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This Is the Absolute Best Way to Serve Watermelon This Summer
It's sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy all at once — pretty good for a side dish that comes together in minutes.
May 18, 2020
Recipe: Easy Jalapeño Grilled Chicken
This is how you banish boring chicken breast forever.
May 14, 2020
These Cheesy Bean Burritos Are Ready in 20 Minutes
Grab the chips and guac.
Apr 23, 2020
This Chicken Taco Soup Brings the Smoke and Spice in Just 30 Minutes
Dinner Tonight
Try this fresh spin on chicken.
Apr 22, 2020
This Boozy Coconut Tres Leches Cake Is Spiked with Rum
Need we say more?
Apr 22, 2020
The Simplest Mexican Chicken Tacos (The Kids Love Them Too)
Weeknight Mexican with Lesley Téllez
This chicken just needs lime, cumin, and not much else.
Apr 13, 2020
15-Minute Salmon Tacos Are a Weeknight Win
This is the fastest salmon dinner I know.
Mar 31, 2020
Recipe: Roasted Squash, Corn, and Black Bean Enchiladas
There are some enchiladas that are pure over-the-top indulgences, oozing with cheese at every turn. These are not those enchiladas. You’ll certainly find gooey, melty cheese in every bite, but this version comes with a more wholesome twist and is all about the veggies. These family-friendly enchiladas are packed with sweet roasted butternut squash, tender corn, and smoky black beans, and then topped with a super-simple, ultra-fresh green salad.
Mar 30, 2020
How To Make Pozole in the Instant Pot
Weeknight Mexican with Lesley Téllez
The classic pork and hominy Mexican stew, from the family kitchen of Lesley Téllez, who tweaked this to be fast and weeknight-friendly.
Mar 25, 2020
4-Ingredient Cilantro-Lime Salmon Tastes Like Spring
It's sure to be a new weeknight favorite.
Mar 20, 2020
This Southwestern Chicken Bake Is Like a Giant Burrito Casserole
It's exactly what we want to eat right now.
Mar 12, 2020
Recipe: Loaded Black Bean Nachos
Your meal plan needs a nacho night. Here's how to nail it!
Feb 12, 2020
Recipe: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
If you’re looking for a taco recipe that appeals to almost everyone, this is it. They’re vegetarian (and can be made vegan, too, if you leave the cheese off), as well as gluten-free and kid-friendly. The roasted sweet potato and black bean filling comes together in just about 30 minutes, meaning it’s just the thing to make on Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, and really any other day of the week, too. This easy recipe is sure to become a repeat on your dinner roster.
Feb 5, 2020
Why Black Bean Tamales Belong on Your Thanksgiving Table
Eddie Garza of Dallas, Texas, is a cookbook author who wrote and developed 150 vegan Mexican recipes to honor the 150 pounds he lost. These silky black bean tamales are one of his family's favorite recipes for Thanksgiving.
Feb 5, 2020
Recipe: 6-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Casserole
This vegan weeknight meal combines everything you love about enchiladas — the savory filling, corn tortillas, and bright salsa — with the ease and comfort of a casserole. Instead of typical rolled enchiladas, we spread the warm kale-and-mushroom filling between layers of corn tortillas. Think of it like an enchilada lasagna. I held my breath as my meat-loving husband plunged his fork into the wide section of casserole layered on his plate.
Feb 5, 2020
5-Ingredient Cilantro-Lime Chicken Is a Weeknight Win
It's on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Feb 4, 2020
Recipe: Salsa-Simmered Fish
A one-skillet meal that's sure to be added to the weeknight rotation.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Shrimp Marinade
This all-purpose marinade makes any protein shine.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Tex-Mex Migas
Poking around the kitchen the other morning, I discovered a handful of eggs, two leftover tortillas, a knob of cheese, and a jar of salsa. It was clear what I had to do: Make migas. “Migas” is the Spanish word for “crumbs,” and in Spain it’s a dish typically comprised of stale bread and other ingredients.
Feb 3, 2020
Coconut Eggnog Recipe: Puerto Rican Coquito
You’re either an eggnog person, or you’re not. I’m convinced that most people who say they don’t like it are holding a grudge not against its flavor, but against the fact that it has the potential to get you totally bombed and make your clothes no longer fit all in one go. For me, it’s that slick layer of fat that builds on the roof of my mouth if the eggnog is too fatty.
Feb 3, 2020
Summer Punch Recipe: Chicha Morada
What do you get when you combine purple corn, fruit, and spices? Chicha morada, a refreshing Peruvian punch that just might become your new summer beverage staple! Gloriously-hued chicha morada is an Andean drink made from purple corn, or maíz morado. Maize-based beverages have existed in the region since Pre-Columbian times, and this one has a fruity, tangy, spiced note from the addition of ingredients like pineapple, apple, lime, cinnamon, and cloves.
Feb 3, 2020
Summery Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Peruvian Pisco Punch
Pisco Punch made with a traditional Peruvian Pisco is the ideal big batch drink to celebrate a warm-weather happy hour. The key ingredient in the classic recipe is gum syrup (an emulsifier using gum arabic that may be difficult to source). When made from scratch, this ingredient wouldn’t exactly work for our 10-minute happy hour, but I easily fixed the problem.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Green Sauce
If you like your chicken with golden, crackly skin and extra-juicy meat, you’ve come to the right place. Peruvian roasted chicken is exactly that, which is likely why it’s become so popular over the past few years. While there are restaurants and fast-casual spots popping up all over the country devoted to it, our homemade version is so easy that you’ll quickly be convinced to make it yourself.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Jamaican Sorrel Punch
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own. It takes time to realize the importance of some traditions and flavors in your life. That’s how I feel about sorrel punch, the drink my dad always insisted we make at Christmas, even though we very rarely got around to it.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Jamaican Peanut (Pinda) Stew
Around the World in 30 Soups: This month we’re collaborating with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globetrotting adventure in soups from countries and cuisines around the world. Today’s stop: Jamaica. Here Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau, sisters and authors of the gorgeous Caribbean cookbook, Provisions, share their take on pinda stew. The creamy vegetarian-friendly dish centers around peanuts, which grow abundantly on the island.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Make Arepas
An arepa primer.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup (Ajiaco)
Around the World in 30 Soups: This month we’re collaborating with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globetrotting adventure in soups from countries and cuisines around the world. Today’s stop: Colombia. This amazingly flavorful soup comes from the kitchen table of Sara Kate, one of Kitchn’s founders, passed to her by a Colombian friend who shared the secret ingredient of this traditional soup.
Feb 3, 2020
Salad Recipe: Hearts of Palm, Corn, Tomatoes & Watercress Salad
While on a recent trip to South America, I was served an incredible variety of fresh produce assembled into platters of lightly dressed salads. As a vegetarian, my hosts were concerned I wasn’t getting enough food; “Look at these salads I’m making!” I said every day at lunch. I was so into these Chilean small salads, I’ve been making a composed version of the fare offered to me almost every evening since I’ve returned.
Feb 3, 2020
Chilean Spring Dessert Recipe: Chilled Papaya Soup with Pisco and Lime
While spending time in Santiago, Chile I had the opportunity to learn a simple, elegant dessert from Chef Mauricio Valdovino. His recipe for chilled papaya soup utilizes ingredients the country is known for; it’s bursting with fresh, tropical flavors. The chilled soup also comes together in less than ten minutes and would be perfect for a spring gathering. Join Chef Mauricio in making this quick, easy dessert.Chile’s agricultural landscape is as diverse as it is bountiful.
Feb 3, 2020
4th of July Party Drink Recipe: Chilean Pisco Star-Spangled Punch
Pisco is mostly known for its role in the famed Pisco Sour cocktail. But this spirit has a personality all its own. We love Pisco in big batches of punch for all sorts of summertime soirees. So we’re kicking off the 4th of July with a Star- Spangled Chilean Pisco Punch perfect for toasting the occasion.Made from grapes Pisco’s characteristics vary depending on where they were grown and how they were aged, for example in stainless steel or oak barrels.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Chilean Holiday Punch (Cola de Mono)
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Bryant Terry’s Curried Corn and Coconut Rice
The coconut rice and curried corn in this recipe could very well be eaten separately, and they would make fine additions to lunch or dinner, but the combination of the two is truly special. I call for my homemade Jamaican curry powder, giving the corn a complex spicy, sweet, and slightly sour flavor profile. Even if you don’t plan to make a whole 4th of July feast on your own, this is one of those dishes that always impresses when you show up at someone else’s cookout.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Bryant Terry’s Mango-Coconut Ice Pops
If you can boil a pot of water, you will have no trouble making these delicious and refreshing pops. The rich sweetness of the mangos is mellowed out by the creamy coconut milk infused with bright and aromatic makrut lime leaves, which are often paired with coconut milk in savory Southeast Asian dishes. The lime and orange juices provide brightness and faint acidity.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos
My favorite way to eat fruit and cheese with a bit of buttery, flaky pastry on the side.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Make Cuban Coffee
This strong and sweet brew is Cuba's history in a cup.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Black Beans and Plantains Breakfast Bowl
I feel like there are people who like all the food on their plate to touch and people who like the different dishes to maintain their own space into carefully managed sections of the plate. I am firmly in the first camp and unsurprisingly a great fan of food in bowls for this very reason.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Charro Beans
They're packed full of bacon and sausage.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Mexican Red Pork Soup with Hominy (Pozole Rojo)
Around the World in 30 Soups: This month we’re collaborating with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globetrotting adventure in soups from countries and cuisines around the world. Today’s stop: Mexico. We asked Gonzalo Guzmán, chef at San Francisco’s Nopalito and author of the eponymous cookbook, to share his take on one of the soups that speaks most to him of Mexico.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Make Weeknight-Friendly Chicken Tortilla Soup
A couple of shortcuts and a trimmed-down ingredient list make it the easiest ever.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Make Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
If I could urge you to make one meal in your slow cooker this month, these chicken enchiladas would be it! We don’t eat enough enchiladas in my house, mostly because my brain equates rolling enchiladas with too much work for a weeknight, but these slow cooker enchiladas are layered, not rolled, and each layer is stacked with delicious flavor.
Feb 3, 2020
Frijoles de la Olla
With these beans stocked in your fridge or freezer, endless delicious meals await.
Feb 3, 2020
Here's How to Make the Best Restaurant-Style Steak Fajitas at Home
Complete with sizzling steak in a flavor-packed marinade.
Feb 3, 2020
The Foolproof Salmon Recipe You Need to Memorize
This method of cooking salmon leaves it beautifully bright, intact, and never dried out.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Easy 20-Minute Arroz con Leche (Made with Leftover Rice)
Freeze your leftover rice and turn it into this sweet and simple spiced-up pudding for a quick dessert. It only needs five ingredients.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Mexican Sprout Slaw
Corn and sunflower sprouts jumped out as a perfect accompaniment for the Mexican themed Goat Taco dinner party I had going that night.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad
You’re going to want to keep this salad firmly planted in your summer meal plan rotation and at the ready for all of your picnics and potlucks. It is what I consider a multi-purpose, do-it-all salad — one that everyone can eat. It gets its bulk from protein-rich pantry staples like quinoa and beans, and picks up freshness, crunch, and color from a medley of veggies before it’s tied together with a zippy chile-lime dressing.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Cilantro-Jalapeño Jicama Slaw
Slaws don’t have to be made just of cabbage — there are so many other delicious crunchy vegetables out there! Refreshing jicama and beautiful red cabbage get tossed together with tangy lime juice, spicy jalapeños, and cilantro for a great slaw to serve with tacos or tamales. The vegetables and dressing for this slaw can be prepped up to three hours in advance, but keep them separate until you are ready to serve.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Really Good Chile Verde Stew in the Slow Cooker
Chile verde is more than a simple stew. Pork shoulder is rendered into supple, tender meat after a slow simmer in a sauce of roasted tomatillos, peppers, cilantro, and oregano. The resulting meat and sauce can be poured over rice or tucked into a tortilla. While the salsa verde requires a little prep work up front, the rest of the cooking is hands-off, thanks to the trusty slow cooker. This is a perfect dish to perfume your house when the weather gets crisp this fall.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
Coconut, chicken, turmeric, peanuts, tomatoes — how can you say no to this Brazilian-inspired stew?
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Slow Cooker Chili Verde
Let me guess — when chili is on the docket, you blindly reach for a can of diced tomatoes and the jar of red chili powder. I’m no different, but this time around we’re going to shake things up with a vibrant chili verde from the slow cooker. Fill your shopping basket with tomatillos, jalapeños, poblanos, cilantro, and oregano, and set aside the ground beef to reach for a pork shoulder instead.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: The Wrapped Breakfast Quesadilla
Don’t get me wrong — I’m a big fan of breakfast burritos, but I like the harder-to-find breakfast quesadilla even more. It just has that perfect ratio of crispy, browned tortilla, melty cheese, and eggs. Here’s one that you can have pre-made in the freezer, so any weekday morning can start with a quesadilla. While quesadillas are great hand-held foods, you do have to watch for dripping cheese and escaping filling when they’re cut into wedges.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
You can quench a taco craving with fish tacos, chicken tacos, cauliflower tacos, or breakfast tacos, but a ground beef taco is the quintessential taco in my book. When weeknight cooking calls for serving a crowd, trade tortillas for tender noodles and serve it hot and bubbling straight from the Dutch oven. This weeknight pasta checks all the right boxes with family-friendly flavor, a streamlined ingredient list, and simple one-pot prep. Flour or corn? Hard or soft?
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Mexican Skillet Lasagna
What if I told you that you didn’t need to pick up a knife or turn on your oven to make a delicious lasagna? Yes, it’s true — this lasagna only has six ingredients and cooks all in one pan. Ready to learn more? I usually only make traditional lasagna once a year because it just involves too many ingredients and too much of my time.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (Albondigas al Chipotle)
Most small homestyle restaurants in Mexico City serve a variation of this dish — hearty meatballs smothered in a smoky tomato sauce, with lots of warm tortillas for sopping it all up. Occasionally it’s the star in the three-course, economically priced meal called comida corrida, a lunchtime tradition in the city.
Jan 29, 2020
From JJ Goode in Brooklyn: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Chipotle and Árbol Chiles
I am interested in real working kitchens and so I asked JJ if I could come over and scope out his “office.” He invited me for salsa on what ended up being the hottest day of the year so far. We pushed the chiles to the limit, and without air conditioning, we slurped salsa from spoons while we we kicked back and talked about how a regular guy like JJ in a regular apartment (and tiny kitchen) in Brooklyn can make a great Mexican chef’s recipes make sense to the rest of us.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Asparagus Salsa
We just ate asparagus FIVE days in a row and would have been pretty asparagused out if it hadn’t been for this exciting new discovery – asparagus salsa! Green salsa, or salsa verde, usually contains tomatillos or copious amounts of herbs but this version gets it vivid color from asparagus spears.We first tasted a variation of this sauce at an event catered by Guerra’s Gourmet in Washington’s Yakima Valley.
Jan 29, 2020
Spicy Recipe: Hot & Smoky Roasted Poblano Pepper Salsa
Lizano-style salsasweet and spicy peach salsa This salsa was originally a happy accident, an experiment with roasting peppers and cleaning out the fridge. It has a tiny handful of ingredients: peppers, tomatoes, and onion, with lime and salt for balance. Charring the peppers over the gas stove or under the broiler makes this more than the sum of its parts, however, introducing a smoky sweetness and depth to the salsa.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Roasted Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa
I had only been living in the Bay Area for a few weeks — boxes still unpacked, favorite shoes still missing — when I boarded a puddle-jumper plane bound for San Diego to be with an old and dear friend while she got married. She met me at the airport with two other friends, and before heading to the hotel, before diving into pre-wedding prep, and before even catching our breath, we were off to get tacos.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Lazy Salsa
If you’re getting a little bored of plain old scrambled eggs every morning, here’s something to spice them up a bit — literally! A few spoonfuls of this spicy fresh (and make-ahead) salsa sprinkled over your eggs will wake you up better than a cup of coffee. This meal came to us from Gabriela of Gabriela’s Kitchen in one of the very first recipe contests we ever ran on The Kitchn!
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole
This is everything you love about a classic breakfast burrito, layered into an egg casserole.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Fish Tacos With Rhubarb-Pineapple Salsa
When paired with acidic ingredients, such as pineapple and lime, raw rhubarb holds it color and crunch in this fruity salsa. It’s great in fish tacos, but it’s equally good served with crisp corn or sweet potato chips. The raw rhubarb in this salsa is a fresher take on this often-cooked veggie. When left uncooked rhubarb is crunchy, juicy, and pucker-inducing, similar to fresh cranberries. Raw rhubarb lures you back for another bite, and then another.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Charred Corn Salsa
Smoke itself can be one of the best accomplices in a recipe featuring corn, mostly because corn doesn’t shrink in its presence. Rather than being masked by the assertive flavors of the flame, the sweetness of corn is amplified. Now take those sweet and smoky flavors and use them as a backbone for this salsa, which we highly recommend you use as the condiment of choice this summer. Scooping it up with chips is only the beginning.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Tomato-Mango Salsa
If you love the way ripe summer tomatoes and peaches play together, you will simply love this blend of tomato and mango.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken
This brilliant dinner hack is thanks to you, dear Kitchn readers. When we shared our recipe for slow cooker fajitas, many of you commented that your favorite riff on that concept was slow cooker salsa chicken. The premise is simply combining your favorite salsa with chicken breast in the slow cooker until tender. The result is deliciously seasoned, shredded chicken that’s perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, or even taco salads.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Black Bean Corn Salsa
If there was ever a time to keep tortilla chips stocked in your pantry, it’s now. When tossed with lime juice, spicy chipotles, and fresh cilantro, a humble can of black beans and an ear of fresh summer corn are transformed into a bold, full-flavored salsa you’ll want to eat with everything. It’s both a crowd-pleasing dip and the base of a no-cook summer supper. First and foremost, like any salsa, this one is a crowd-pleasing party dip.
Jan 29, 2020
Your Grill Is the Secret to the Best-Ever Guacamole
It's rich, silky, and deliciously smoky.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Spicy Grapefruit Guacamole
Maybe you’ve heard, but there’s a bit of a lime shortage happening these days, which is a real shame because this is the time of year that I love to use limes. Guacamoles, margaritas, and Tex-Mex all need loads of lime juice to work. …Or do they? In reality, any citrus can get the job done for a thing like guacamole. Bright and slightly sweet ruby red grapefruit juice is a welcome change to the basic guacamole and one that I think both you and your guests will love!
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Cuban Meaty Potato Stuffing
As with any good Cuban recipe, it all begins with sofrito.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Egg and Chorizo Breakfast Casserole
Last year I made Faith’s baked Denver omelet and, after I tasted it, mentally smacked my forehead and wondered why I didn’t make something like this more often. A baked omelet is essentially a crustless quiche — substantial enough to be a filling breakfast, without the heaviness of the added crust in a quiche. My latest version is filled with spicy Mexican chorizo and pickled jalapeños!
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: The Best Paloma Cocktail
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The margarita may be the classic Cinco de Mayo sipper, but this year try Mexico’s other favorite tequila cocktail, the Paloma. Rosey-hued and bittersweet, this grapefruit and tequila highball gets a fizzy finish with a splash of grapefruit soda. You don’t have to abandon the margarita, buy why not pour a pink Paloma with your next order of chips and salsa?
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Punch
It involves tequila, of course.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Classic Slow Cooker Margarita Fajitas
They're destined to be the star of any summer spread.
Jan 29, 2020