Latin Food

Sandwiches

Chipotle Cuban Sandwich

Surely you've eaten a ham and cheese sandwich before, but you may never have had a Cuban sandwich. A Cuban sandwich is a fun, Latin...(more)

Classic Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban sandwich is a classic and popular sandwich and has many different variations. You may have had one of these sandwiches before and decided...(more)

A Simple, Yet Delicious Chicken Empanada Recipe

Chicken empanada is a Latin food that is popular in Spain, South America, as well as Cuba. In order to make the Chicken empanada, it...(more)

Sauces

Latin Cooking and the Many Uses of Garlic Dipping Sauce

Garlic dipping sauce can be used for much more than adding flavor to pizza crusts. Latin food uses garlic dipping sauce as a base for more exciting things, like jalapenos and lime juice. Complexity is the key. Creamy versions can open dipping to healthier options than bread, and grilled bits of meat can be equally at home in the sauces. Creamy versions of garlic dipping sauce can be used for more than just dipping in bread; think fried zucchini and seafood. Grilled meat, on sticks or by itself, goes well with either creamy garlic dipping sauce or the classic clear variety....(more)

Salsa de Queso Recipe

No matter what nationality or culture you come from, you probably enjoy a tasty cheese sauce from time to time. Salsa de Queso is a great Latin cheese sauce that can be used in many different ways. It is easy to make and can add some flavor to your dishes. You can serve Salsa de Queso as a dip with tortilla chips, or even use it to top baked potatoes, pasta, or even vegetables. Here is a flavorful cheese sauce recipe you can use to add some flavor to otherwise boring dishes....(more)

Queso Blanco: White Cheese Sauce and Pico de Gallo

Queso is a cheese sauce that is extremely popular in Latin communities. There are a couple of variations of Queso, and the secret is in which cheese is used in making this dish. There are several white cheeses that can give Queso a unique taste. Pepper Jack or Swiss cheese are just two examples of white cheeses that will enhance the flavor of Queso. It is a recipe that is simple to make and can be served as an appetizer or as a snack. Tortillas, corn chips, fajitas, as well as tacos can be topped with Queso Blanco....(more)

Seasonings

Spice Up Your Homemade Meals with Adobo

Adobo is a Spanish word meaning marinade. It is a blend of spices used dry or in sauces to add flavor to meals. Though it's frequently found on Latin restaurant menus, many people aren't sure how to use it in home cooking. Commercial varieties are available, but it's also easy to make adobo from scratch. Adobo seasoning ingredients are commonly stocked in the average household's pantry. Whether you prefer to make your own seasonings or go with store-bought adobo, there are many uses and variations to try....(more)

Have a Healthy Side of Yucca Fries

Yucca root is a common food in tropical regions and it is used the same way those in colder climates use potatoes. It isn't uncommon to have mashed yucca or scalloped yucca along with a meal. Yucca root looks somewhat like a potato as it is brown, has tapered ends, and a fat middle. When the brown skin is removed with a vegetable peeler, the flesh appears white to yellow. Yucca tastes a little different than a potato, but many yucca recipes mimic those for potatoes....(more)

Versatile Sofrito as a Seasoning

Sofrito is a kind of sauce made in Hispanic countries that consists of local vegetables and herbs. Sofrito is used as a condiment just like catsup is used in the United States, but it is also used as a seasoning for other dishes. In the Caribbean, sofrito is made from peppers, onions, garlic, and herbs and is a bright green color. In Spain, tomatoes are added and the mixture is cooked to give a different flavor profile. The following recipe for sofrito is easily made either green or red....(more)