Latin American Recipes

From Mexican tacos and enchiladas, to Cuban sandwiches and Brazilian lemonade, Allrecipes has more than 1,320 kitchen-approved Latin American recipes.

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Arroz Tapado (Rice-On-Top)

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This Peruvian dish is made with layers of cooked rice and seasoned ground beef. It's pressed into a bowl and then turned out on a plate for an impressive presentation.

Colombian Aji

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
For any Colombian food you serve, always have some aji on the table. Hot, spicy, fresh, and flavorful.

Cubanos Frijoles

Rating: 4.5 stars 86
Originally this came from a Cuban friend, but I've since doctored it quite a bit. This dish is hearty and a meal in itself. By adding more meat, beans, and rice, you can feed a large group of people. You might want to add more spice as well.

Cochinita Pibil

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
This is my favorite Mexican pork dish that is always a hit. Can be toned down with less or no peppers and still tastes awesome. If you can find Seville orange juice, use it in place of the lemon and regular orange juice for authentic Mexican flavor. Quite easy to prepare too! Your whole family will love this famous Mexican dish!

Feijoada de Domingo (Sunday Bean Stew)

Rating: 5 stars 2
A very traditional Brazilian stew made with black beans, sausage, and all the tasty bits of pork. For a traditional Brazilian spread, serve hot with white rice and collard greens. You can look for the greens in Caribbean markets, but if unavailable try kale instead.
By GraçaRibeiro

Chef John's Cuban Sandwich

Rating: 5 stars 74
A classic sandwich with two kinds of pork and Swiss cheese on crusty bread.
Chef John
By Chef John

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
Guatemalan version of rice pudding. Serve hot or cold.

Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Rating: 4.5 stars 135
A Puerto Rican side, usually served with rice and beans in our family.

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Rating: 4.5 stars 131
Twice-fried crispy slices of green plantain make a delicious appetizer.

The Real Mojito

Rating: 4.5 stars 742
This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Rating: 4.5 stars 1810
This light and fluffy tres leches cake recipe uses four types of milk and is topped with whipped cream, making it extra moist and delicious.

Abuela's Picadillo

Rating: 5 stars 32
This is my grandmother's Cuban picadillo recipe for ground beef hash/chili, usually served with white rice, beans, and plantains. Picadillo also goes great with mashed potatoes and can be made without squash. This dish is a favorite at home, so I usually make 2 pounds to have leftovers for making empanadas (meat pies) the next day. Picadillo also freezes well. Of course, my kids say this is the best picadillo they've ever had, and I agree!

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The Real Mojito
Rating: 5 stars 760

This authentic mojito cocktail is so refreshing on a hot summer day.