20 Popular and Traditional Hispanic Foods to Try Now

These delicious Hispanic dishes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner ... and dessert!

20 popular and traditional hispanic foods to try now
Mike Garten

From taco recipes stuffed with any filling you can imagine to food trucks parked on city streets selling arepas, Hispanic food is a huge part of the culture in the United States.

Hispanic cuisine refers to dishes from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico and Spanish-speaking South American, Central American and Caribbean countries. It encompasses unique regional recipes as well as popular foods enjoyed throughout the world (crispy cinnamon churros, we're looking at you!). It does not always include your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes, which draw inspiration from Mexican cuisine but tend to be more Americanized.

While there are far too many Hispanic dishes to sum up in one article, we rounded up some of our favorites, including zesty Argentinian chimichurri, flavorful Mexican mole and crowd-pleasing Spanish paella. So whether you're looking to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (it starts on Wednesday, September 15 this year — mark your calendars!) or you're just looking for an easy dinner recipe, these flavorful, fun ideas are a great place to get started.

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1
Agua Fresca
agua fresca
Mike Garten

Refresh yourself with an invigorating agua fresca, the thirst-quenching Mexican drink made from a combo of fruit (you can use almost any type) blended with lime juice, a sweetener and water and served over ice.

Get the recipe for Agua Fresca »

2
Enchiladas Verdes
enchiladas verdes
Mike Garten

Originally from Mexican cuisine, enchiladas can be filled with almost anything, from meats and cheeses to beans and veggies. Try this version with chicken and salsa verde.

Get the recipe for Enchiladas Verdes »

3
Steak Chimichurri
steak chimichurri
Mike Garten

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian sauce or marinade that turns everything it touches into flavor gold — especially perfectly charred, juicy grilled steak.

Get the recipe for Steak Chimichurri »

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4
Migas
Mike Garten

Loaded with fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy tortilla chips, fresh pico de gallo, and tons of melty cheese, this popular dish in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Texas is a delicious brunch recipe.

Get the recipe for Migas »

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5
Shrimp Ceviche
shrimp ceviche
Mike Garten

Shrimp ceviche generally calls for raw shrimp marinated in lime juice, but we used cooked shrimp instead for extra weeknight (or weekend!) ease.

Get the recipe for Shrimp Ceviche »

6
Chicken Mole
chicken mole
Mike Garten

Traditional mole sauce from Mexico, made with many ingredients and simmered for hours, is a delicious culinary feat. Our version takes a few shortcuts for a flavorful dinner you can make in an hour.

Get the recipe for Chicken Mole »

7
Cinnamon Churros
cinnamon churros
Mike Garten

This crunchy, cinnamon sugar-dusted fried dough only gets better dipped in a salted chocolate-caramel sauce.

Get the recipe for Cinnamon Churros »

8
Easy Red Salsa
easy red salsa
Mike Garten

Use fresh tomatoes, spicy jalapeños and plenty of cilantro for a bright, bold topping or dip.

Get the recipe for Easy Red Salsa »

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9
Easy Seafood Paella
easy seafood paella
Mike Garten

Paella is a Spanish rice dish made with vegetables, meat or seafood (or a combo!) that dates back to the early 1800s. This version uses just seafood and vegetables, but feel free to add extra meat or veggies to your liking!

Get the recipe for Easy Seafood Paella »

10
Classic Fresh Lime Margarita
classic fresh lime margarita
Mike Garten

And to drink? It just doesn't get better than this 3-ingredient, classic cocktail.

Get the recipe for Classic Fresh Lime Margarita »

11
Arepas
chicken and avocado salad arepas
Mike Garten

Arepas are Venezuelan fried corn cakes stuffed with tasty fillings, like this creamy, zesty chicken and avocado salad.

Get the recipe for Arepas »

12
Spanish Potato Omelet
spanish potato omelet
Mike Garten

Perfect any time of day, this classic dish is made with eggs, potatoes, olive oil, onion and parsley. That's it!

Get the recipe for Spanish Potato Omelet »

13
Elote
elote
Mike Garten

Inspired by the popular Mexican street food, our version of this grilled Mexican street corn features a creamy lime sauce and lots of Cotija cheese.

Get the recipe for Elote »

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14
Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos
grilled tequila steak tacos
Mike Garten

When it comes to taco fillings, there are no rules. Try this zesty steak version marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice.

Get the recipe for Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos »

15
Ginger-Grape Sangria
ginger grape sangria
Mike Garten

Fresh grapes, brown sugar and sliced ginger bring sweet-spicy flavor to this wine-based cocktail.

Get the recipe for Ginger-Grape Sangria »

16
Tostones
tostones
Olivia Mesquita

Tostones are green plantain slices fried until golden and crispy. Serve as a tasty side, app or snack.

Get the recipe from Olivia's Cuisine »

17
Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef)
ropa vieja shredded beef
My Dominican Kitchen

Make this stewed beef dish in the slow cooker for extra ease. It only takes 15 minutes of hands-on time!

Get the recipe from My Dominican Kitchen »

18
Pupusas With Curtido
pupusas with curtido
A Cozy Kitchen

These El Salvadorian corn cakes are stuffed with roasted squash, pickled jalapeños and mozzarella cheese and topped with a tangy cabbage slaw. Yum!

Get the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen »

19
Tamales de Elote
tamales de elote
Muy Delish

Keep it simple — these tamales are made with just corn and spices.

Get the recipe from Muy Delish »

20
Huevos Rancheros
huevos rancheros
muy bueno

Serve up fried tortillas topped with salsa and a sunny-side up egg at your next brunch.

Get the recipe from Muy Bueno »

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