Latin Cuisine

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The Food Lab Turbo: Spicy Chorizo and Pinto Bean Chili

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Spicy, vinegary, and flavor-packed, this quick chili recipe relies on raw Mexican-style chorizo (you can make it yourself or buy it from a store), with a few simple flavor additions, a couple of cans of beans, and a quick simmer. More

Latin American Cuisine: Huevos Rancheros

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

Let's call it the Huevos Rancheros Maxim: the closer you are to Mexico, the more likely it is that you'll be having said huevos for breakfast. This poses a problem when you start heading back north or east again and you've already acquired a taste for them. In my case, the solution is to just start cooking them for myself. More

Huevos Rancheros

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Traditional huevos rancheros with refried black beans and a green salsa. More

Latin Cuisine: How To Make Tequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks)

Latin Cuisine Joshua Bousel 8 comments

With a rich pastry crust wrapped around salty queso blanco, these Venezuelan cheese sticks put their mozzarella brethren to shame. More

Tequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks)

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel 7 comments

With a rich pastry crust wrapped around salty queso blanco, these Venezuelan cheese sticks put their mozzarella brethren to shame. More

Classic Pico de Gallo

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

The classic fresh Mexican condiment made with tomatoes, onions, and chilies. Ours gets an added flavor boost with a bit of pre-salting and draining. Perfect on tacos, fajitas, and burritos. More

Cuban Fritas (Seasoned Cheeseburgers with Shoestring Potatoes and Spicy Sauce)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The frita is a classic regional American burger created by Cuban immigrants in South Florida. While the standard is a thin, griddled patty with a spiced ketchup-based sauce, my take on it is a slightly larger version designed for the backyard grill with a boldly seasoned pork and beef patty, a creamier sauce, and more vegetables. The crisp shoestring potatoes that are the hallmark of a traditional frita remain the same. More

Latin American Cuisine: Roasted Ripe Plantains with Cream and Sugar

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

Four ingredients—a ripe plantain, heavy cream, sugar, and cinnamon—get roasted together until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the cream has soaked into the plantain, turning its texture rich and custard-like, almost like a plantain pudding. It takes all of three minutes to throw together (five if you're really terrible at peeling plantains), plus a short stay in the oven, and you've got a crave-worthy dessert hot and ready to go. More

Roasted Sweet Plantains with Cream and Cinnamon

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

My aunt-in-law introduced me to this ultra-simple dessert of roasted sweet plantains enriched with a touch of cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. As it roasts, it turns custardy soft, taking on an almost pudding-like texture. More

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian-style Cottage Pie

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

I want to say right off the bat that I had very little to do with this week's recipe other than eating it, loving it, and curating it. It was sitting there, hot on the table after a particularly long day at work. My wife doesn't always cook, but when she does, she does it right. My first thoughts when I saw it were oooh, shepherd's pie. There's not enough shepherd's pie in my life. I was wrong on several counts. First off, it's not shepherd's pie, as there's no sheep in it. Cattleman's pie is perhaps more like it. Secondly—and this only became clear after I started eating—That stuff that looks like potato on top? It ain't potato. More

Colombian-style Cottage Pie

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This Colombian take on a cottage pie is flavored with tomatoes and onions and topped with creamy mashed yuca. More

Latin American Cuisine: Sopa de Platano (Colombian Plantain Soup)

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It happens on occasion that I'll come home to a hot meal cooked by my wife, and it's usually something incredibly delicious and simple that I'd never think to make on my own. Last week it was sopa de platano—Colombian plantain soup.

If you don't count salt and oil, the recipe's only got four ingredients. My wife sometimes even leaves out the onions. As the starchy plantains simmer away, they break down, thickening the soup into a rich, rib-sticking, nearly porridge-like consistency, but without the heaviness of a grain or meat-based stew. It's good stuff for a chilly November night.

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Colombian Plantain Soup (Sopa de Platano)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

A rich and hearty four ingredient Colombian soup made with fried plantains flavored with onions and cilantro. More

Latin American Cuisine: Huevos Rancheros (Mexican Fried Eggs with Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Latin Cuisine María del Mar Sacasa 6 comments

Huevos rancheros—ranch-style eggs—are one of Mexico's most instantly recognizable breakfast dishes: fried eggs topped with a thick layer of spicy tomato sauce. More

Basic Huevos Rancheros

Serious Eats María del Mar Sacasa 6 comments

Huevos rancheros—ranch-style eggs—are one of Mexico's most instantly recognizable breakfast dishes: a pair of fried eggs topped with a thick layer of spicy tomato sauce. It sounds rather simple, and it is. However, as with all recipes made with only a handful of ingredients, the treatment of each one is important. More

Champurrado (Mexican Chocolate Atole)

Serious Eats María del Mar Sacasa 6 comments

Warm, rich, and luxuriously thick, champurrado is Mexican hot chocolate with an unexpected secret ingredient: corn masa. More

Latin American Cuisine: Papas Chorreadas (Colombian Potatoes with Cheese and Tomato Sauce)

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

Papas chorreadas start with potatoes simply boiled in salted water, but then get doused in a sauce made with hogao thickened with heavy cream and curds of just-starting-to-melt cheese. Carbs smothered in cheese and tomatoes? Think of it as a strange Colombian cousin to pizza or pasta in pink sauce. More

Papas Chorreadas (Colombian Potatoes with Cheese and Tomato Sauce)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

A traditional dish from the mountainous region near Bogotá, boiled potatoes are covered in a creamy, cheesy, tomato and onion-based hogao. More

Latin Cuisine: Sopa de Albóndigas de Pollo (Chicken Meatball Soup)

Latin Cuisine María del Mar Sacasa 3 comments

Forget chicken noodle soup, and matzoh for that matter. This Latin American soup has corn masa-based chicken meatballs spiked with culantro and mint. Once you go Latin... More

Sopa de Albóndigas de Pollo (Chicken Meatball Soup)

Serious Eats María del Mar Sacasa Post a comment

Forget chicken noodle soup, and matzoh for that matter. This Latin American soup has corn masa-based chicken meatballs spiked with culantro and mint. Once you go Latin... More

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