We're half way through Hispanic Heritage Month and if you haven't had your share of Hispanic food yet, you sure are missing out. Here's a list of “comida latina” that you definitely should try.

  • Pupusas: This El Salvadorian dish is AMAZING! This dish is made out of corn flour dough, stuffed with chicharron (chopped pork), cheese and/or beans. Sides you can have with this are curtido (a mild cabbage slaw) and/or salsa de tomate.
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  • Bistec Encebollado: This skillet steak can be found in many different hispanic countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more. The only difference amongst the places, is sometimes the way it is prepared. Bistec encebollado (steak and onions) is usually served with a side of rice, beans and tostones (twice-fried plantain slices) or platano frito (fried plantain).

  • Empanadas: You can have empanadas from Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and even more countries of the Americas. Folded dough stuffed with meats, cheese and/or other ingredients is what makes an empanada taste so delicious!

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  • Tamales: Now these are best known to be eaten around during holiday season in many Spanish homes. This is another dish that is made differently in many countries. In Mexico most tamales are wrapped in corn husk and are usually stuffed with spicy meats or cheese and jalapeños. Central American tamales are wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with huevo duro (hard boiled egg), chicken and salsa de tomato (tomato sauce), which is not spicy.

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  • Lomo Saltado: This delicious dish is from Peru. Talk about food coma. It is stir fry that usually has fries, marinated strips of sirloin, tomato and onions and served with a side of rice.

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Now make your way to a hispanic friends and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!!!