Cuisine is an essential element of the many Hispanic cultures that we’re celebrating this month during Hispanic heritage month. In the U.S., Hispanic foods continue to grow in popularity with master chefs and home cooks alike. Now, Latin food is considered the third most popular food in the U.S. after American and Italian.

Popular ingredients in many Latin foods like avocados, of which the U.S. produced 172,000 tons in 2016, and salsa, which happens to be America’s favorite condiment ahead of ketchup, are featured in some of our favorite recipes.

Some of the essential elements of cooking Hispanic cuisine, like the mortar and pestle used to make guacamole or grind down spices, are now made with plastic. Food processors and blenders that are used to make salsas are also made with derivatives of natural gas and oil and require electricity to run. The flat pan used to grill tortillas is now often coated with non-stick material made with derivatives of natural gas and oil, and dishware and utensils on which meals are served may be made of plastic or melamine.

You can celebrate this month by going to a local Hispanic-owned restaurant or trying your hand and making some traditional dishes on your own. Here are some of our favorite Hispanic recipes to enjoy this month and every month:

  1. Cuban sandwiches
  2. Guacamole
  3. Paella
  4. Guatemalan banana bread
  5. Fried plantains
  6. Honduran tamales
  7. Salsa roja
  8. Pupusas
  9. Beef empanadas
  10. Churros