What do you think of when you hear “Latin American food?” In beginning to focus from “healthy global” to “healthy Latin American” I have done a bit of research, and today bring you 31 Latin American Recipes… a sampling of both traditional and modern interpretations of classics from Central and South America and the Caribbean.
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks – About Latin Food
When you hear “Latin food,” what comes to mind? I think of chiles, warm spices, vibrant flavors, corn, beans, squash, and so much more. Latin America includes the countries of Central and South America, and parts of the Caribbean. The terrain is as diverse as the Amazon jungle, the Peruvian Andes, the Bolivian desert, and the frozen tundra of Argentina.
You’ll find Native American, Spanish (and other European countries), Asian, and African influences in Latin American food. Each cuisine has its own emphasis on spices like cumin, thyme, oregano, achiote, allspice, etc.
The chiles/peppers vary from region to region… Peru has its ají amarillo, ají panco, and rocoto while Mexico has a wide variety of fresh and dried chiles like jalapeño, serrano, poblano, ancho, and guajillo. The Caribbean is known for its use of Scotch bonnet peppers.
Fresh herbs used in Latin American cooking include (but are not limited to) cilantro, fresh thyme, mint, huacatay, fresh oregano, and more…
The 25 Latin American Recipes I’ve curated for this post qualify as “healthy-ish.” 😆 Some of them should not be eaten every day, okay? All things in moderation!
I hope you’ll find one or two (or more 🙂 ) you can’t wait to try. I would love to hear your thoughts on narrowing my “niche” from global to Latin American too!
🍗 Latin Style Chicken Recipes
The Best Cuban Mojo Chicken • Lemon Blossoms
This easy to make Cuban Mojo chicken is marinated with the best fresh homemade Mojo marinade. Loaded with lots of great flavor, this Cuban recipe is always a favorite!!
Arroz con Pollo Peruvian Style • Beyond Mere Sustenance
Arroz con Pollo Peruvian Style brings a little Peruvian soul to your table. This flavor-packed one pot meal features ají amarillo (Peruvian yellow chile), and gets its signature green tint from an entire bunch of cilantro. It’s a fantastic one pot meal!
Tropical flavors abound in this easy and healthyish Tapado Recipe! Make it on your stove top, or speed up the process using your Instant Pot. Either way, the dish is replete with fresh fish and shrimp, plantains, sweet potatoes, in a savory and delicious broth!
Brazilian Shrimp and Fish Stew (Moqueca) • Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Brazilian Shrimp and Fish Stew (Moqueca): Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew made with coconut milk, tomatoes, peppers, and lots of cilantro. The combination of flavors, enhanced with garlic, onion, and lime juice, is bright, fresh, and delicious.
A fiesta in bowl, Mexican Shrimp and Rice (aka arroz con camarones) combines Mexican flavors – cilantro, cumin, and garlic – with shrimp, rice, black beans, and veggies. Garnished with avocado, jalapeño, more cilantro, and lime wedges, it’s quick, healthy, gluten free, and flavorful… A perfect one…
Latin-Inspired Ahi Tuna Tartare • Beyond Mere Sustenance
With a hint of Peru, this Latin-Inspired Tuna Tartare is a fresh twist on a classic small plate. Ají amarillo chile paste, fresh citrus, ponzu, and sesame oil provide the Latin-Asian flavors found throughout Peru. It’s quick, easy, healthy, gluten free, and a gorgeous dish to include on your holiday…
Lomo saltado, translated to ‘jumped loin’, is a traditional Peruvian dish that you can find in South America, Spain and the Canary Islands. It has Peruvian, Creole and Chinese influences which are reflected in the rich lomo saltado sauce.
An irresistible combination of Angus Beef, Jamaican jerk spices, and coleslaw, these Jamaican Jerk Beef Sliders with Citrus Coleslaw are great appetizers for family gatherings or as a main dish any time of the week. They are tender, juicy and fragrant.
A hearty and comforting dish, Instant Pot Argentinian Beef Stew (Carbonada Criolla) is replete with tender beef, vegetables, herbs, and dried apricots. The Instant Pot/pressure cooker makes this delicious stew in about 60 minutes!
An ultra-simple salad/salsa/side dish, Peruvian Red Onion and Tomato Salad requires only a few ingredients, takes a few minutes of active prep time, and is a perfect accompaniment many of your favorite dishes! A more substantial version of traditional Salsa Criolla…
A fresh and creamy soup light enough to enjoy as a starter course even in summer… Creamy Tomato Bisque Peruvian-Style – at once familiar and exotic – will have you licking your bowl and asking for more!
This Plantain Casserole recipe is very easy to make and delicious. The perfect side dish to any dinner or celebration. This has got to be one of my favorite Venezuelan Recipes. It’s comfort food at its best and it’s also my #1 requested item by my family (aside from the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake) .…
Cool, light, and refreshing… Chilcano de Maracuya features Peru’s beloved pisco, fragrant maracuya (aka passionfruit or passion fruit), ginger ale, and a few drops of bitters. This one is perfect on a hot summer’s day!
Dairy Free Blood Orange Flan • Beyond Mere Sustenance
With all the creamy richness of a traditional flan recipe, this Dairy Free Blood Orange Flan relies on coconut milk and coconut creamer in place of dairy milk, and features a blood orange caramel sauce and a quick pepita bark.
Passionfruit Dark Chocolate Dessert • Beyond Mere Sustenance
This Passionfruit Dark Chocolate Dessert combines a luscious dark chocolate flourless cake layer with a passionfruit curd. Garnished with a bit of fresh passionfruit (aka maracuya), this Peruvian-Inspired dessert recipe is a luxurious and decadent gluten free dessert for any special occasion!
My emphasis on Beyond Mere Sustenance the last 2 to 3 years has been on Latin-inspired recipes. I have a Mexican category and a Peruvian category if you want to dig deeper into these flavorful cuisines!