Latin recipes that bring you closer to home

Tres platillos típicos de Latinoamérica

With these recipes you’ll love the flavors of Latin America even more

A major plus about living in the United States is being among people from different Latin American countries. As Latinos we all speak the same language and have the same passion for good food, no matter where the dish comes from. So with these Latin recipes, you can get closer to your roots and enjoy the traditional foods from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America as well. Abuelita would be proud!


If you’re Mexican, you know tortillas and chili peppers are a must at your table. When enjoying the company of your friends from other countries - or your kids – tell them that 3,000 years before Christ (hace mucho…) the Aztecs were already making tortillas, which is the key ingredient for enchiladas and tacos. Serve up this ancient culinary ingredient with Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas flavored with a touch of Country Crock® Spread.

And for those who want to challenge their taste buds, use one of the 140 varieties of chili peppers that are typical in Mexico, like the serrano, and prepare traditional spicy Pollo Verde Tamales made with the authentic flavor of Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon.

The Caribbean and Central America

The foods in these regions have a magical and tasty fusion of indigenous and African cuisines. In both the Caribbean and Central American dishes, rice, beans and pork are a staple.

When inviting a friend over to try these regional delights, serve a traditional Rice and Beans dish together with Adobo-Rubbed Pork Chops marinated in orange juice, vinegar, garlic and Country Crock®. Also, brace yourself because your friend will want to eat at your house every week.

South America

In South America you can see the indigenous, Spanish and Italian influences everywhere, and when it comes to food the ingredients vary depending on the region.

Venezuela and Colombia: You can’t go wrong with their dough or masa-based foods, like the typical Arepas, which besides being super tasty, are perfect to take on the go.
Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador: This region has scrumptious soups and stews. A classic is Locro, a soup dish that uses chicken, potatoes and vegetables. This aromatic soup is a favorite all year long, but even more so when the temperature drops.
Argentina, Uruguay and Chile: Beef is the main ingredient in most of this region’s dishes. A popular food is ‘matambre’, which translates to ‘hunger killer’. It’s very tender meat that’s rolled and stuffed, and has a variety of seasonings. And yes, it really does live up to its name since it’s as filling as it is delicious.

Find more Latin recipes made with one main ingredient here, and solve today’s dinner by making something extra yummy.