Latin Recipes

There are so many traditional Latin recipes, some are very similar from one country to another (especially those dishes that can be traced back to the Spanish colonization era), and even then they all have their own special touch. Others are very unique to specific countries or specific regions, these tend to be lesser known Latin dishes, but thanks to the quick spread of information over the world wide web, are becoming more popular. These are some of my favorite Latin recipes – this list is by no means a full representation of all Latin dishes, and is intended to grow over time, if you have any specific requests or suggestions, please add it to the comments:

Ceviche or Cebiche (or Seviche): I absolutely love ceviche and could eat it every day. From the classic fish ceviche to any type of seafood, as well as refreshing ceviche recipes made with chocho beans or mango.

Ceviche recipes

Empanadas: Empanadas didn’t originate in Latin America and were introduced by the Spanish, however there is no denying that they are one of the most popular Latin foods and every country has their own variations of these tasty filled pastries.

Empanada recipes

Plantain recipes: I constantly repeat this on every plantain recipe that I’ve posted on my blog, but plantains are so versatile, and there are so many different dishes that you can make with plantains. From savory appetizers to sweet desserts, just the fact that you can get different dishes based on using green or ripe plantains, makes the it such a wonderful ingredient – and so important to Latin American cuisine.

Plantain recipes

Arroz con pollo or chicken rice: Arroz con pollo is a delicious Latin and South American dish of chicken and rice cooked with onions, tomatoes, peppers, celery, garlic, achiote, cumin, cilantro, among other ingredients.

Chicken with rice or arroz con pollo

Chimichurri: Traditional chimichurri recipe made with parsley, oregano, garlic, onion, red pepper, vinegar and oil.

Chimichurri recipe

Latin style white rice: This basic recipe for cooking rice Latin style, both basic white rice and arroz amarillo or yellow rice, is a must have side dish.

Arroz con leche {Latin style rice pudding} : Easy recipe for homemade arroz con leche, a classic Latin American rice pudding dessert made with rice, milk, cinnamon, sugar, raisins, and condensed milk.

Arroz con leche

Basic refrito or sofrito: Sofrito or refrito de cebolla consists of sauteed onion, garlic, cumin, achiote and salt. Refrito is used as a flavor base for many Latin American dishes.

Manjar or dulce de leche: Recipe for homemade manjar or dulce de leche, a traditional Latin caramel dessert made by caramelizing milk and sugar.  This traditional Latin dessert can be eaten as is, or used as a key ingredient in a variety of other Latin American desserts.

Dulce de leche easy recipe

Pan de yuca (aka cheese bread, pao de queijo, chipa, cunape): Delicious cheesy breads made with yuca starch (tapioca starch or cassava flour) are popular in many countries and have different preparations, but the end result is that everyone loves them.

Pan de yuca or cheese bread recipe

Rompope: Rompope is popular Latin American drink that is made with milk, sugar, vanilla, orange peel, egg yolks, condensed milk, cream and aguardiente or rum.

Salchipapas: Salchipapas, or French fries with fried hot dog sausages, are a typical Latin American snack/street food. These salchipapas are topped with tomato onion salsa and homemade salsa rosada.

Salchipapas recipe

Roasted pork {Pernil/hornado}: There are many variations of this classic Latin pork dish, this recipe uses a whole roasted pork leg, and is prepared by marinating the pork in a sauce of beer Recipe, garlic and spices, before slow roasting in the oven for several hours.

Roasted pork leg recipe

Cebollas encurtidas {Pickled red onions}: Cebollas encurtidas or pickled red onions made by marinating thinly sliced red onions with lime juice and salt.

Arroz con huevo or rice with egg {Ultimate Latin Lazy lunch}: Arroz con huevo, or rice with egg, is the ultimate Latin lazy lunch. Add some extra sides like fried ripe plantains, avocado slices and tomato onion curtido salsa for a perfect Latin comfort meal.

Quinoa or Quinua: Quinoa might be a new and popular ingredient for many in the US and Europe, but I’ve been eating it since I can remember. I love using it in soups, salads, and as an alternative to rice in classic dishes like this seafood quinoa marinera.

Quinua marinera or seafood quinoa

Aguacates rellenos or stuffed avocados: Avocados are one of those ingredients that I can’t live without (along with cilantro, limes, and cumin), and one of the best ways to eat an avocado is to fill it with something delicious. From seafood: shrimp, crab, tuna fish, to vegetables, chicken or egg salad.

Shrimp stuffed avocado recipe

Latin soups: Soups are an important part of most Latin American meals, there are soups like the well known Sancocho that have different variations with everything from meat to seafood in almost every country (and additional regional variations). There are also locro style soups (similar to chowders) that are popular in Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina – of course, each with different ingredients and methods, but always resulting in a delicious comfort dish.

Soup recipes

More Latin recipes by country:

Argentinean recipesBrazilian recipesEcuador recipes
Mexican recipesPeruvian recipes