America has truly evolved into the quintessential melting pot of cultures; one that has been simmering and stewing for quite some time now. America’s melting pot is brimming with a variety of rich ingredients, each of which contributes a unique flavor as they seamlessly blend together. It’s this very combination of cultures and the mouth-watering cuisines they bring with them that makes the Land of the Free so special.
As America’s racial landscape begins to change, so do too does the food groups commonly associated with different ethnic groups. It’s estimated that in as little as twenty years, whites will become a racial minority as Latinos, especially those of Mexican and Central American descent, will surpass whites in becoming an ethnic and racial majority. As such, it should comes as no surprise then that Hispanic culture, including Hispanic foods, will continue to grow in popularity and availability across the nation.
Hispanic foods is a broad term that encompasses a variety of cultural foods of both native or indigenous origin and Spanish influence. This unique combination gives Hispanic food not only a rich and vibrant history, but a whole host of different flavors unique to each region of Central and Latin America. As more Latino immigrants journey to the United States, they bring with them common foods such as arroz con pollo, ceviche recipes, tamales, and many other deliciously iconic recetas de comida latino.
These classic recetas de comida latino, or recipes for food, are not only known for high nutritional value but they also make for yummy dinner ideas. Seriously, who doesn’t like Taco Tuesday? It’s becoming increasingly common for these recetas de comidas to find themselves on the plates of dinner tables across the United States, as these food groups seamlessly become apart of the standard American diet.
Recetas de comidas and other Latin foods incorporate indigenous vegetables and proteins such as chayote, cacao, and root vegetables with Spanish flavors and spices such tomato, paprika, and smoked meats. These foods come in an array of variations found all over the Caribbean, Central, North, and South America. These foods can be considered a living history of sorts, as they continue to reflect Spain’s heavy cultural and religious influence on its former vast empire.