Join us for an adventure in flavor!

    The 40 BEST Latin Foods

    Latin food… So versatile from country to country, island to island. Though you will find many similarities, you don’t want to miss out on the huge variety.

    That’s why we have compiled this list of amazing Latin Recipes for you to try.

    From the various tacos and salsa from Mexico, to the stews and roasts of the Caribbean islands, all the way down to our favorite Pastel de Choclo all the way from Chile, you’ll find so many amazing Latin food here.

    Cook your way through all of these delightful Latin American Recipes, and relish in the range of flavors!

    The best Latin recipes (40 great Latin foods)

    The Best Latin Recipes:

    1. Pastel de Choclo

    We’re starting this list of amazing Latin food recipes, with our own Pastel de Choclo, a Chilean beef and corn casserole.

    It’s an exotic and super delicious variation on Shepherd’s Pie.

    Get the Recipe


    2. Dominican Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew)

    Pollo Guisado, the beloved chicken dish that everybody from Latin Caribbean islands grew up on.

    This colorful, fall off the bone chicken is caramelized first and then braised in a beautiful sauce. Atop a bed of rice, this is ultimate bliss for many people! Try it, you will love the simplicity of this most flavorful and yum chicken stew.

    Get the Recipe


    3. Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork)

    Pernil is the traditional centerpiece on Puerto Rican Christmas spreads, though variations are also found throughout the Caribbean.

    A whole pork shoulder is marinated in garlic, herbs and other great Latin seasonings overnight, then, it’s slow roasted for hours until the meat is fall off the bone tender, and the skin is amazingly crispy and delicious.

    Get the Recipe


    4. Caldo de Res

    Melt in your mouth beef simmered for hours in a beautifully flavored, yet delicately tasty, bone broth with loads of varied colorful vegetables cooked to perfection… served in your biggest available bowl to accommodate all the goodies.

    That’s, my friends, is Caldo de Res. One sip and you are going to crave this pot of Caldo every now and then…

    Get the Recipe


    5. Picadillo

    Picadillo is a perfect weeknight meal. It is a very traditional home-style dish cooked in many Latin American countries

    Basically, it is a well seasoned ground meat mixture, and it is very versatile.

    Get the Recipe


    6. Ropa Vieja (Cuba’s National Dish)

    Ropa Vieja is a TRUE Cuban Classic!! Beloved throughout the generations, this rustic and humble Latin dish is very popular not only in Cuba, but many of its neighboring Spanish speaking countries.

    Tender and juicy beef in authentic tomato-wine sauce along with veggies is cooked slow and low for hours till it’s shredded easily by the mere touch of a fork.

    Get the Recipe


    7. Bistec Encebollado (Steak & Onions)

    Bistec Encebollado, or steak and onions, is one of the most popular dinners in many Latin countries.

    It’s pure Latin comfort food. Serve it with rice along with tostones and black beans.

    Get the Recipe


    8. Crock Pot Barbacoa Pork

    This is Pure Pork Awsomeness! Garlicky, super moist, super tender, super juicy…

    This Barbacoa Style Pork is braised low and slow, simmering for hours in some serious Latin flavors. And it’s so versatile!

    It’s great for making tacos, burritos and salads.

    Get the Recipe


    9. Surf and Turf Nachos

    Put a fun spin on a classic restaurant favorite. These Surf and Turf Nachos are topped with juicy tender steak and flavorful shrimp and they whip up quick and easy.

    These super delicious nachos make a perfect appetizer for game night or family get-togethers, which everyone will enjoy.

    Get the Recipe


    10. Chile Verde

    Chile Verde – Melt in your mouth tender pork chunks in a flavorful, spicy tomatillo sauce. It’s a great winter warmer, but it’s so good you’ll want it all year long!

    And it requires next to no effort. After some quick prep, it’s one of those set it and forget it meals.

    Get the Recipe


    11. Birria Tacos

    These are EPIC tacos… Birria Tacos!!! This birria taco recipe is made with tender and flavorful birria beef, which is loaded into broth-dipped corn tortillas with cheese, fried until crispy, then dunked in birria broth or consommé for a delicious finish.

    Hmmm… these dunking tacos. I bet once you try them, you will come back to these again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen


    12. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish! Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.

    Along with pernil (roasted pork), this is the national dish of Puerto Rico. It’s such a great side dish to have in your repertoire, as it goes well with so many things.

    Get the Recipe


    13. Baja Fish Tacos

    These Baja Fish Tacos are one of our new favorite handheld meals. Soft tortillas packed full of beer battered fish, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle mayo. Serious YUM!

    They’re a fun weekend meal, or a great dish to serve to guests. And you can have your taco bar on the table in about 20 minutes.

    Get the Recipe


    14. Tostones (AKA Patacones)

    These famously twice-fried green plantain discs are crunchy crisp on the outside with a softer inside.

    All you need is a sprinkling of sea salt on top and stack a heap of them along with some dipping sauce for unlimited snacking. Great party appetizer contender!!

    Get the Recipe


    15. Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)

    Now this is not your regular soup. Every sip is loaded with delicious, bold Mexican flavors. This albondigas soup is a comfort pot of beef and rice meatballs simmered with plenty of veggies like potatoes, carrots and zucchini.

    The broth is a rich tomato base with Mexican staple spices. Try this Mexican soup for some extra punch in your soup bowl.

    Get the Recipe


    16. Tacos Gobernador

    Tacos Gobernador, aka Governor’s Tacos!! Have you ever bite into these crazy tasty shrimp tacos? They are irresistibly delicious! They are irresistibly delicious and messy to start with.

    They are kind of a cross between a taco and quesadilla, with crunchy inviting bites with ton of melty cheese.

    Get the Recipe


    17. Flank Steak Fajitas

    Fajitas are always a fun family meal. These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy option when that Mexican food craving hits.

    Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for an awesome tasty meal with this one!

    Get the Recipe


    18. Guasacaca (Venezuelan Guacamole)

    Guasacaca! Meet guacamole’s tangier, herbier cousin. Venezuelans love this avocado based condiment and now you can too!

    Get the Recipe


    19. Pico de Gallo

    Easy, fresh and delicious. This Pico de Gallo whips up in 10 minutes and is great with chips as an appetizer, or as a condiment to many of your favorite Mexican dishes. Try this fresh pico next time you have a get together.

    Get the Recipe


    20. Homemade Sofrito

    Sofrito is the must have flavor enhancer to keep on hand for any Puerto Rican dish.

    This luscious green base can create wonders in your kitchen, believe me when I say that. Picadillo, pollo guisado, empanadas… those Latin favorites are just around the corner when you have this in your repertoire.

    Get the Recipe


    21. Mango Salsa

    You gotta try mango salsa in the summer time when you see some juicy, ripe mangoes. All you doing is chopping and mixing a few ingredients. Life can’t get easier than that… right?

    Great for get togethers and potlucks alongside plenty of tortilla chips. Or use it as topping for tacos or over baked chicken or fish like our baked salmon with mango salsa.

    Get the Recipe


    22. Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)

    This Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans) are the tastiest beans you will ever eat, seasoned with tomato, sofrito, sazon and adobo.

    Once you try your beans the Puerto Rican way, you may never eat them any other way again…

    Get the Recipe


    23. Easy Cheesy Taco Skillet

    This quick & easy taco skillet is loaded with flavors and topped with melty cheese. It’s a great weeknight meal or Game Day crowd pleaser.

    Get the Recipe


    24. Carne Guisada

    Let me give you the biggest flavor bomb out of the Caribbean, Carne Guisada, Puerto Rican style.

    So much flavor in every single tender meat chunk. Why not? There is plenty of their famous flavor enhancers like sofrito, Sazon, adobo and olives. One of our favorite Latin recipes.

    Get the Recipe


    25. Ground Beef Tacos

    Taco, Taco! How many can you have at one time? These ground beef tacos are a fun, super easy dinner the whole family will love. You won’t even want to wait till Tuesday!

    Perfectly seasoned ground beef wrapped in soft tortillas with all your favorite fixings. Everyone will be asking for these great tacos again and again.

    Get the Recipe


    26. Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Sauce)

    Ready for a fresh new salsa to spice up your kitchen? This Salsa Verde, or tomatillo sauce, is the super simple and super versatile sauce you need!

    This is the one you’ll want to slather all over your tacos, burritos, enchiladas and even burgers. Plus, you can use it as a base for some awesome dishes.

    Get the Recipe


    27. Salsa Taquera (Chili de Árbol Salsa)

    If you like HOT, this classic Salsa Taquera is for you. Fiery árbol chilis and a few other simple ingredients blend together for the ultimate taco experience!

    This one is what you would encounter in authentic Mexican Taquerias along with their different assortments of tacos.

    Get the Recipe


    28. Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

    Sweet and savory, these tacos are so tasty you will want to go back for seconds, maybe thirds! And they are so quick, they just might become a weeknight staple.

    Whenever you see a mango, think about these colorful tacos!

    Get the Recipe


    29. Mexican Rice Casserole

    Yes, you can call this dish Taco Casserole or Mexican Rice Casserole or Taco Tuesday Casserole… 

    However you address it, it’s cheesy and gooey, jam packed with all the Mexican staples like corn, salsa, black beans and plenty of their earthy spices.

    Get the Recipe


    30. Beef Empanadas

    These empanadas are crescent-shaped, savory pastries made of flaky pie crust and filled with warmly-spiced ground beef and vegetables.

    They are extremely popular in Caribbean and other Latin countries. Make a double or triple batch and freeze some for a future freezer meal!

    Get the Recipe @ themodernproper


    31. Tamales

    How many of you have tried this Mexican classic? Tamales. The chances are high if you have some Mexican friends and they have shared this wonderful favorite of theirs with you.

    Making them in your kitchen seems a little intimidating and would take up some time, but the end result is so much worth it when they come fresh steaming out of the pot.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven


    32. Sancocho

    This Latin beef stew recipe is a hearty soup with chunks of tender beef, root vegetables, and more!

    Don’t worry if you miss one or two vegetables, we promise it would still taste awesome in their absence.

    Get the Recipe @ mommyshomecooking


    33. Venezuelan Shredded Beef (Carne Mechada)

    This Carne Mechada is so, so good. Slow cooked for hours, this well seasoned flank steak becomes tender and juicy. Plus, it’s versatile and can be used in a number of ways.

    Get the Recipe @ mommyshomecooking


    34. Flan

    Everyone’s favorite Latin dessert… Flan!! This rich and creamy custard style dessert comes topped with delicious caramel sauce. Every single bite will make you want for one more piece.

    Get the Recipe @ acozykitchen


    35. Sopes

    Sopes are thick corn cakes from central Mexico. They are used as a topping for a variety of meats and veggies, for the perfect handheld meal.

    This recipe will show you how to get them right every time.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats


    36. Roasted Mexican Street Corn

    You can cook it baked or grilled, this Roasted Mexican Street Corn will become your summer favorite side dish.

    Whether you’ve tried elote before, or this is your first recipe, you’ll be sure to love it. 

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious


    37. Pinchos de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)

    Meet your new favorite summer grilling recipe!

    Pinchos De Pollo are chicken skewers seasoned with Puerto Rican spices and then grilled to perfection. You’ll want to have these all summer long.

    Get the Recipe @ thenoshery


    38. Pastelón

    Pastelón is kind of like the Puerto Rican version of lasagna. Thinly sliced sweet plantains, ground meat and cheese are layered into a casserole, then baked.

    It’s the perfect casserole which is cheesy and amazingly delicious. Great meal for a potluck or family gathering.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyrecipes


    39. Yuca Frita

    These crispy Yuca Frita (Yuca Fries) are a staple Latin side dish.

    Yuca is a tropical root vegetable that is a staple source of carbs in many parts of Latin America and Asia. In this form, they are made into giant fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

    Get the Recipe @ asassyspoon


    40. Camarones A La Diabla

    Now you can see this one is for spice lovers by just looking at the photo. Camarones a la Diabla are also known as Diablo Shrimp or Mexican deviled shrimp.

    They are juicy, large shrimp covered in a bright, spicy flavorful red chili pepper sauce. This yummy dish is ready on your table in 30 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats


    What an amazing assortment of delicious Latin recipes. They look so good, it’s hard to decide what to cook first!

    Save or pin this collection of great recipes so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

    Check out these other great recipe collections!
    Mediterranean Recipes
    Asian Recipes
    Southern Recipes
    Greek Recipes
    French Recipes
    British Recipes
    Mexican Recipes
    Thai Recipes
    American Recipes

    Featured image for Latin recipes post.

    The 40 BEST Latin Foods

    This collection of great Latin Recipes shows what a huge variety of dishes there are among Latin American countries. For a quick start, you whip up this easy pico de gallo:

    Ingredients

    • 4 large ripe red tomatoes
    • 1 small white onion
    • 1 medium jalapeño or serrano, seeds and fibers removed.
    • 1/2 cup cilantro
    • 2 Tbsp lime juice
    • Salt to taste

    Instructions

      1. Chop onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalepeño. (The jalepeño should be finely chopped).Mix all ingredients in bowl.
      2. Let rest for 30 minutes (optional).
      3. Taste and adjust.

      Did you make this recipe?

      Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

      Never miss a recipe!

      Join the GypsyPlate mailing list and get easy dinner recipes right in your mailbox. From homestyle comfort food to exotic dishes from around the world.



        Leave a Reply

        Your email address will not be published.

        This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

        Search by Cuisine

        Travel a word of flavors with GypsyPlate. Sort our recpes by regions:

        GypsyPlate logo.
        Skip to Recipe