Our Favorite Latin American Recipes

Latin America is an expansive and diverse region, but one thing is standard across countries: robust and flavorful foods rich in tradition.

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Photo By: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Photo By: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Photo By: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Cuban Sandwich

Kelsey's addictive mojo spread is worth checking out this recipe on its own.

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Scallop Plum Ceviche

This light and fresh dish gets extra kick from a pinch of cayenne and fresh tarragon.

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Sabrina's Tacos

Stuffed to the brim with potato and corn, and topped off with fresh crema and lime juice, Mark Bittman's take on tacos hits all the right notes.

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Pork Picadillo with Tostones and Salsa

In this classic Cuban dish, ground meat gets jazzed up with an array of delicious spices and dotted with bits of briny olives.

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Sancocho with Aji

Ingrid's spanish stew, overflowing with bright vegetables and simmered meats, is Simply Delicioso.

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A staple of Latin feasts, roasted pork finds it way into virtually every holiday meal. Tender and brimming with flavor, every bit of it is delicious - especially the uber-crunchy skin.

Get the Recipe: Pernil

Agua Fresca

Choose your flavor -- watermelon, cantaloupe or pineapple – and mix up a refreshing glass of tropical sweetness.

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Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Left to marinade overnight, Emeril's succulent steak pairs perfectly with the parsley based chimichurri sauce.

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Pastelon de Platano Maduro

Sweet fried plantains top spicy ground meat in this take on a traditional Puerto Rican dish.

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Cheesecake Flan

The food-child of two favorite desserts, Ingrid's recipe marries the sweet caramel taste of flan and rich creaminess of cheesecake.

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When mashed plantains are fried until crisp and topped with a touch of salt, what's not to love?

Get the Recipe: Plantain Chips Patacones

Barbecued Short Ribs

These easy ribs are a traditional South American dish. A simple rub of salt and pepper and a quick splash of vinegar is all they need to for prep.

Get the Recipe: Barbecued Short Ribs of Beef - Tira de Asado

Chocolate Chile Cake

Cinnamon and cayenne add a bit of spice to this flourless chocolate cake.

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Arepas with Cheese and Corn

Arepas are a staple of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine. Fill them with black beans or sour cream, or simply slice off a piece and pair it with butter.

Get the Recipe: Arepas with Cheese and Corn