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20 Popular Hispanic Foods Everyone Should Try



20 Popular Hispanic Foods Everyone Should Try

Mike Garden

From taco recipes filled with every filling imaginable to food trucks parked on the 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 includes unique regional recipes as well as popular dishes from around the world (crispy cinnamon churros, we’re looking after you!). It doesn’t always include your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes that are inspired by Mexican cuisine but are more Americanized.

While there are far too many Hispanic dishes to summarize in one article, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, including savory Argentine chimichurri, spicy Mexican mole, and the crowd-pleaser Spanish paella. Whether you want to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (it starts on Wednesday September 15th this year – mark your calendars!) Get going.

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Fresh water

Refresh yourself with an invigorating Agua Fresca, the thirst-quenching Mexican drink made from a fruit combination (you can use almost any variety) mixed with lime juice, sweetener and water and served over ice.

Get the recipe for Agua Fresca »


Green enchiladas

Enchiladas originally come from Mexican cuisine and can be filled with almost anything, from meat and cheese to beans and vegetables. Try this version with chicken and salsa verde.

Get the recipe for Enchiladas Verdes »


Shrimp Ceviche

Prawn ceviche generally calls for raw prawns marinated in lime juice, but we used boiled prawns instead for midweek (or weekend!)

Get the Prawn Ceviche Recipe »



Traditional mole sauce from Mexico, prepared with many ingredients and simmered for hours, is a delicious culinary masterpiece. Our version takes a few short cuts for a tasty dinner that you can prepare in an hour.

Get the Chicken Mole Recipe »


Simple seafood paella

Paella is a Spanish rice dish made from vegetables, meat, or seafood (or a combination!) That dates back to the early 19th century. This version only uses seafood and vegetables, but you can add extra meat or vegetables if you like!

Get the Recipe for Easy Seafood Paella »


Classic margarita with fresh lime



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

Get the recipe for arepas »


Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos


Old clothes (shredded beef)


Pupusas with tanned

These corn cakes from El Salvador are filled with roasted pumpkin, pickled jalapeños and mozzarella cheese and topped with a spicy coleslaw. Yum!

Get the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen »

Samantha MacAvoy has been part of the Good Housekeeping food team since March 2020, where she writes about the latest tasty offers from the test kitchen, must-try food trends and top tips for making home cooking a success.

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