Latin Food

Sauces

Red Onion Escabeche

While escabeche is usually associated with a dish of fish, chicken, pork or rabbit that is cooked in a vinegar-like sauce, this article deals with...(more)

Pebre de Cilantro

Pebre is to Chileans what chimichurri is to Argentineans and what pico de gallo salsa is to Mexicans. This article outlines an easy recipe for...(more)

Grilled Tomatillo Guacamole

Tomatillo, or "little tomato" in Spanish, is only related to the tomato by being in the nightshade family of flowering plants, but tomatillos are more...(more)

History

What foods are enjoyed during Hispanic Heritage Month?

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Of course, you could not celebrate the rich Latino culture without including the many contributions to the culinary world. ...(more)

What are some of the culinary traditions in Latin America for New Year's Eve?

In this article you will read about the culinary traditions in Latin America for New Year's Eve....(more)

What are the "Las Posadas" holiday in Spain and Latin America?

The culinary rhythms associated with the holidays are especially true in Latin cultures, especially during Christmas time or Las Posadas, which is the celebration in Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. The "posadas" recollect the journey Mary and Joseph endured days before the birth of Jesus Christ. During the festivities, special traditional dishes of champurrado, tamales and other delicacies are served to families. ...(more)

Beverages

Tepache: Homemade Pineapple Cider

Tepache is a lightly fermented pineapple drink, similar to a light, low alcohol cider. Hailing from the Mexican state of Jalisco, tepache and other types of fermented beverages have been drunk throughout Mexico, and the world, for centuries. Tepache means a "drink made from corn" in the nahuatl dialect, when it was originally made with corn. The drink is now made from the flesh and rind of the pineapple. The fermenting pineapple is seasoned with spices like cinnamon and cloves, and sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar. The many variations also include ingredients such as peppercorns, all spice, edible flowers, and orange peels.Luckily, tepache has made its way north to many parts of America with large concentrated populations of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. While it might still be a challenge to find some tepache, even in cities with large Latino communities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, if you are familiar...(more)

What is a Coquito?

A coquito is an eggnog-like drink typically served with alcohol and is commonly associated with Puerto Rico and Christmas/New Year's holidays....(more)

What are Aguas Frescas?

Some of the most refreshing beverages in Mexico and other Latin American countries are called Aguas Frescas. Quite simply, they are freshly squeezed fruit mixed with water and sugar. ...(more)