September 22, 2021

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20 Popular Hispanic Foods Everyone Should Try

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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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Agua Fresca

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 »

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Easy Seafood Paella

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 »

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Classic Fresh Lime Margarita

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Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos

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Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef)

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