When non-Hispanic Americans think of traditionally Hispanic food, tacos probably come to mind first. Maybe Guacamole. Mayyyybe Burritos. And sure, those foods are all delicious, but that’s kind of like limiting yourself to French Fries and Belgian Waffles when it comes to European cuisine.

Hispanic countries are so diverse, so varied, and so colorful and wonderful, just like their respective cuisines. So I did a dive into some favorite HIspanic cuisines from some favorite HIspanic food bloggers to help get you (and me!) more inspired to spice things up in the kitchen and understand some of the differences.

While this doesn’t comprise every Hispanic country, region, or style of cooking, I hope you find it’s a great start. And maybe it even inspires you further to diversify some of the food bloggers you follow and support.

This post has been updated for 2022

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Mexican Food

Hispanic heritage month recipes: Mexican Carne Asada recipe with regional marinade variations from Mexico in my Kitchen

Carne Asada recipe | Mexico in My Kitchen

If you want a good understanding of Mexican cuisine, look no further than this list of our favorite Mexican food bloggers. (Actually, you should look further! But this is a great jumping-off point.)

Considering Mexican food goes back 9000 years, it’s got a lot of variations thanks the Mayan culture, the multi-ethnic Aztec Empire influences, the16th century Spanish conquest that introduced meat, dairy and rice, and even African and Asian influences.

Eating in Chiapas, you’ll find different food than you will in Oaxaca, Veracruz, or Michoac谩n — where, on a visit to visit a friend in Morelia, I once had the most amazing Uchepos, or fresh corn tamales, ever.聽But you will find a fairly consistent use of local produce like corn, beans, squash, avocados, tomatoes, tomatillos, cacao, agave, sweet potato, cactus, and of course, chilli peppers — lots of kinds of chili peppers.

At聽Mexico in My Kitchen, incredibly prolific home cook and food blogger Mely Martinez shares traditional homestyle meals from the 27 different places she’s lived in M茅xico. Wow. Rest assured you’ll find everything from a simple Mexican Ground Beef recipe to a Veracruz-Style Menudo Tripe Soup (and I know that’s not for everyone.)

I think a great first dinner recipe is Mely’s聽Authentic Carne Asada recipe (above) which describes variations on the marinade from all different regions of Mexico. Hers starts with a good cut of flank steak, and a sweet and savory marinade primarily made of citrus, plus soy sauce, onions, pepper — and a little beer. Count me in.

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Puerto Rican Food

HIspanic Heritage recipes: Traditional Puerto Rican Sofrito recipe from Sazon Boricua
Traditional Puerto Rican Sofrito recipe聽| Saz贸n Boricua

Growing up in and around New York City, Puerto Rico tended to be the “go-to” region when we thought of Hispanic culture and cooking. While Puerto Rico is part of the US today (something I hope we all know by now), its cooking traditions are a blend of techniques from Spain (meat, basil, sugarcane, citrus), Africa (coconuts, coffee, sesame seeds, yams and other root veggies), and local聽Taino influences (hot peppers, peanuts, guavas, pineapples) which blend Mayan and Caribbean traditions.

Lots of blending!

You can find a ton of聽traditional Puerto Rican recipes from Ilyanna’s Eat Gorda Eat, which she writes from home in Oakland. Just note it hasn’t been updated for a bit.

I’m also liking Puerto Rican cook Jeanette Qui帽ones’s blog,聽Saz贸n Boricua聽— you’ll have to translate from Spanish if you’re an English speaker like me. Her traditional Sofrito recipe聽(above) is a huge hit with her readers, because it’s the basis for so many Puerto Rican dishes.

But do a search on her site (her category nav is a little wonky); I’ve found that’s the best way to track down recipes for聽mains, stews, sides, and desserts. (Mmm…Gallettas de Chocolate.)

Cuban Food

Hispanic Heritage recipes: Cuban ham croquettes (Croquetas de Jam贸n) recipe from Hungry Sofia

Croquetas de Jam贸n聽| Hungry Sofia

As with Puerto Rican cuisine, Cuban Cuisine聽borrows from native Taino food, Spanish food, and Caribbean and African food, especially when it comes to flavor and spices.

Of course lots of us can’t say no to a good Cuban Sandwich; try this one from De Su Mama inspired by her Cuban immigrant grandfather’s own recipe. But other popular dishes include Arroz con Leche, Arroz con Pollo, Camarones, Croqueta, Empanadas, Ropa Vieja (a shredded beef dish),聽 Papa Rellena, Tamales, Fried Yuca — oh man, it’s all so good.

From everyone I know who’s been there, Cuba is definitely an eating country!

There are lots of聽traditional Cuban recipes compiled over at Saveur that are worth checking out.

I’m a bit obsessed with Ana Sofia Pelaez’s gorgeous photography, great writing, and traditional recipes reflecting her own Cuban heritage, on her blog, Hungry Sofia. Her recipe for Croquetas de Jam贸n (Ham Croquettes, above)聽is basically made for picky kids. And uh, adults. But she’s also got fantastic recipes for the basics, including the perfect Cuban rice, Frijoles Negros, and if you dare,聽homemade tamales.

Don’t Stop There!

Hispanic cuisine also includes so many other incredible dishes, flavors and techniques from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Argentina, Peru and more.

So basically I could be here all day.

Instead, here are a few other authentic Hispanic food websites and blogs, all written by natives or Hispanic-Americans, to help set you off on your own delicious journey:

 

Some Favorite Authentic Spanish Food Blogs

Spanish Recipes by Nuria

Spanish Sabores

My Kitchen in Spain

 

Some Favorite Authentic Latin-American Food Blogs by Region

Pick up the Fork聽(Argentina)

Recetas de Laylitas (Ecuador)

Polin en la Cocina聽(Chile)

Mundo de Dulcinea (Chile)

Peru Delights (Peru)

Any other favorite Hispanic recipes or Hispanic food blogs? Share with us in our Recipe Rescue Group or in the comments below, we’d love to find them. And happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Top photo by聽Christine Siracusa聽via Unsplash