50 essential Latin American recipes

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October 1, 2021
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50 essential Latin American recipes

More than 20 countries or territories comprise Latin America over an area that is 95% larger than the United States. Culinary styles over such a huge swath of land, which includes Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, is inevitably varied. 

Latin American cuisine has been heavily influenced by Native American populations (notably the use of corn and beans as staples) as well as African, European, and Asian cooking styles. The food is as varied and rich as Latin American culture, with something to suit every taste.

Stacker compiled a list of Latin American recipes from Allrecipes. From classics like tacos and fried plantains to more advanced recipes to impress guests with at your next dinner party, keep reading to find a great recipe to try out for your next meal

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Arroz Tapado (Rice-On-Top)

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Additional: 15 mins
- Total: 90 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 21
- Read more about the recipe here

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Colombian Aji

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 2 cup
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Cubanos Frijoles

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Cochinita Pibil

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Feijoada de Domingo (Sunday Bean Stew)

- Prep: 45 mins
- Cook: 3 hrs 7 mins
- Total: 3 hrs 52 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 18
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chef John's Cuban Sandwich

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 6 mins
- Total: 21 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 large sandwiches
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 80 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tostones (Fried Plantains)

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 2 dozen
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains)

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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The Real Mojito

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 1
- Yield: 1 cocktail
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

- Servings: 24
- Yield: 1 -9x13 inch cake
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Abuela's Picadillo

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 7 mins
- Total: 1 hr 22 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 19
- Read more about the recipe here

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Alfajores Argentinean Style

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 40 mins
- Total: 80 mins
- Servings: 36
- Yield: 3 dozen cookies
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Steak Stir-Fry)

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 50 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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The Real Mojito

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 1
- Yield: 1 cocktail
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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White Chicken Enchilada Slow-Cooker Casserole

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Tamale Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Fajita Seasoning

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 3 tablespoons
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Mexican Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mexican Rice II

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 24
- Yield: 2 dozen
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Quick and Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
- Total: 1 hr 60 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Authentic Mexican Chili Rellenos

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 15 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Enchilada Casserole

- Servings: 9
- Yield: 8 to 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chili Rellenos Casserole

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Beef Enchiladas

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chicken Quesadillas

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 20
- Yield: 20 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ground Turkey Taco Meat

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 16 mins
- Total: 26 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Authentic Mole Sauce

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 1 quart mole sauce
- Number of ingredients: 22
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Churros

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 day
- Total: 1 day
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 1/2 cups marinade
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Hot Tamale Pie

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
- Total: 1 hr 30 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 9x13 casserole
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chicken Enchiladas I

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 90 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 3 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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3 Cheese Enchiladas

- Prep: 40 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones estilo Mexicano)

- Prep: 45 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 45 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 19
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Black Beans

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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5-Ingredient Mexican Casserole

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Quick and Easy 4-Ingredient Enchiladas

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Additional: 15 mins
- Total: 70 mins
- Servings: 9
- Yield: 1 9x13-inch baking dish
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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One Skillet Mexican Quinoa

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pico De Gallo

- Prep: 20 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tomatillo Salsa Verde

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 breads
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Enchiladas Verdes

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 9
- Yield: 9 enchiladas
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pantry Raid Chicken Enchilada Casserole

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Beef Birria

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 3 hrs 40 mins
- Additional: 6 hrs
- Total: 9 hrs 70 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 22
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mexican Quesadilla Casserole

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Additional: 5 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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