September 15 to October 15 is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM). Since 1968, we have celebrated the history, culture, and contributions of Latin American citizens who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. September 15 not only is the start of NHHM, but also commemorates Independence Days in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; while September 16 marks Mexico's independence from Spain, and Chile celebrates independence from Spain on September 18.
We are proud to celebrate the contributions of Latinx individuals, communities, and all cultures during this timeframe. And what better way to do that than through a few of our favorite Hispanic-inspired recipes? We're sharing some of our ultimate favorite recipes and links to shop our most-loved Hispanic ingredients. Did we mention we included our highly-rated Instant Pot Pork Tamale recipe?
Tinga is a Spanish dish made by stewing chicken in a sauce made from tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and sliced onions. Typically, it's served top of tostadas with avocado and refried beans. For this recipe, we took it in a different direction by meal prepping on top of zucchini noodles and making a quick and easy Tinga sauce from scratch.
You've probably seen chilaquiles on a restaurant menu in recent years. The base of this dish is made from tortillas that are simmered in salsa, refried beans, and topped with baked eggs and crumbled Cotija cheese. For this recipe, we used a Culinary Tours Harissa sauce to form a Mexican-African fusion recipe. Feel free to swap out the Harissa for your favorite salsa to keep these chilaquiles more traditional.
Empanadas are a Latin American pocket that's filled with savory filling and then baked or fried. For this recipe, we've made the dough from scratch and filled it with beef, olives, and peppers. We decided to give these empanadas the crispiest crust ever, so make sure to break out your oil and deep fat fryer.
Pressure Cooker Pork Rib Carnitas
Mmm... Carnitas! Carnitas have a Mexican origin and are made from braising pork and then shredding it into fine pieces. It's typically served on tacos or used to make burritos. For our recipe, we sped up the process by using an Instant Pot so you can have them on the table in just 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Pork Tamales
Our most loved recipe! With over 500 reviews, this recipe speaks for itself. This Mexican dish is made dried ancho chile peppers and wrapped in a homemade masa corn flour dough. Then, wrap in corn husks and steam in your Instant Pot.
Grilled Mexican Sweet Corn
Also known as an elote, Mexican Grilled Street-Corn is the perfect addition to your next cookout. Topped with mayonnaise or Mexican crema, fresh lime juice, chipotle Chile powder, and Cotija cheese.
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Slow Cooker Mole Chicken
Mole is a thick and rich sauce from Mexico. Some moles use piquant sun-dried chiles, spices and unsweetened chocolate to form complex flavors.
We would love to wake up to this breakfast dish in the mornings! Huevos rancheros literally means, "ranch-style eggs." This breakfast was traditionally served on Mexican ranches and is made from cooked eggs served on a tortilla and topped in a spicy tomato sauce.
One-Pot Rustic Noodle Paella
Paella is a Spanish rice dish that can be made with seafood or chicken and saffron seasoning. We simplified this dish by using one-pot and used noodles instead of rice. But don't worry, it's packed with Hy-Vee fresh seafood!
Slow-Cooked Chicken Fajitas
We all know and love the fajita. But did you know you could make it in a slow cooker? Try it out for yourself!
Also known as a Spanish omelet, this is a traditional dish originating from Spain. This "omelet" is made from eggs, potatoes, onions, and peppers and is most commonly served in a skillet. We updated the traditional recipe and made them in mini muffin tins so you could freeze portions and thaw for a quick and easy breakfast.
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Cuban Pork Sandwiches
Originating from Cuba, this sandwich has a hearty dose of mustard, pickles, ham, and cheese. It first made its appearance in Florida upon Cuban migration to the States.
Costa Rican Blackened Tilapia
Did you know Hy-Vee carries Rainforest tilapia which is actually sustainably farmed in the rainforest waters of Costa Rica? We paired this fresh tilapia with blackened spice and a fresh cilantro crema for a flavor that can't be beat.
Peruvian Chicken Bowl
Traditional staples in Peruvian cuisine are potatoes, quinoa, and beans. We used those ingredients as the base of this delicious chicken bowl.
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