For so many years I’ve heard people say to me that because I’m Latin, I must eat tacos and a lot of hot sauce.
But Latin American food is so much more than that! There is such a variety of wonderful food that you can find in Latin America. Some dishes within each country are hot and spicy, but not ALL of the dishes are. Here are some examples:
Argentina: chimichurri, churrasco, parrillada, mate, puchero, milanesa, provaleta, dulce de leche
Belize: johnny cakes, meat pies
Bolivia: Salteñas, charque de llama, Sopa de quinua
Brazil: Feijoada (meat stew), pao de queijo, bolo de rolo
Chile: chacarero, picoroco, chumbeque, arrollado de chancho
Colombia: sancocho, bandeja paisa,
Costa Rica: chicharrón
Cuba: Cuban sandwich, picadillo,
Dominican Republic: bandera, sancocho, Chicharrones de pollo
Ecuador: llapingachos, fanesca, locro, menestra, cuy, ceviche, salsa de ají, patacones
El Salvador: pupusas, curtido, atol de elote
Guatemala: pepian, desayuno chapín, tapado
Honduras: baleada, tajadas,
Mexico: enchiladas, mole sauce, chiles rellenos, tacos, pollo pibil, huachinango,
Nicaragua: nacatamales, vigorón, gallo pinto, chicharrón
Panama: hojaldras, caribbean porridge, carimañola, Panama, which means “abundance of fish,” lives up to its name with lots of fresh delicacies from the sea, including pargo (red snapper), corvina (sea bass), langostino (jumbo shrimp), langosta(lobster), calamari, cangrejo (crab), and pulpo(octopus).
Paraguay: sopa Paraguaya, bori bori, mbeyu, reviro, jopara, arro quesu
Peru: papa a la huancaína, anticuchos, lomo saltado, ceviche, cau cau,
Puerto Rico: mofongo, lechón, arroz con gandules, asopao, cuchifritos
Uruguay: grappamil, asado
Venezuela: arepas, hallaca, pisca andina, dulce de lechoza, bien me sabe
And this is just a brief sampling! I highly suggest that you look up a Latin American restaurant near you and give it a try! You won’t regret it! And do I eat tacos? Yes, but not spicy ones. And I enjoy cuisine from many other countries too!
There are some foods that are consumed almost universally throughout Latin American countries. They include empanadas, tamales, chicharrón, arroz con pollo, licuados (fresh shakes), desayuno típico, rice and beans, plátanos, ceviche, flan, tres leches, arroz con leche, buñuelos – to name a few! There are often variations to how the food is prepared in each country, but these are the main categories.
What other delicious Latin American food do you know of? Please share!