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Discover easy Latino recipes, the zesty flavors and enticing aromas of healthy Latino cooking. This authentic recipes provides traditional favorites that offer a greater variety of colorful fruits and vegetables while reducing the amount of fat, cholesterol, and sodium per serving. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide powerful nutrients that help your body fight diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Fruits, meats and vegetables for Latino recipes

When Mexican cooks shop for the fruits, meats, and vegetables needed for the dishes on their menus, they often go to an open-air mercado, or market. Busy markets can be found in the villages and towns of the Mexican countryside as well as in big cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City. Shoppers make a selection from a tempting variety of fruits and vegetables arranged in neat piles in stands or on the ground. There are dark green avocados and bright green limes, golden yellow papayas, rich red tomatoes, and chiles in all shades of green, yellow, and red. In another part of the market 16 are bags full of dried corn.

Baskets are heaped with dark red beans, pale pink beans, and beans spotted like a pinto pony. The air is heavy with the fragrance of ripe fruit and the sharp smell of green herbs such as cilantro, or fresh coriander a popular seasoning. Shoppers quietly bargain over prices and fill their net bags with purchases that will become part of the day's meals. Markets like these have existed in Mexico for centuries, and they are still an important part of Mexican life. In many cities, there are supermercados (supermarkets) where canned and frozen foods can be obtained, but many Mexican cooks make a daily trip to an outdoor market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Easy authentic Latino recipes with pictures

Cooking any dish, plain or fancy, is easier and more fun if you are familiar with the ingredients. Easy authentic Latino cooking makes use of some ingredients that you may not know. Sometimes special cookware is used, too, although the recipes in this book can easily be prepared with ordinary utensils and pans. Before you start cooking, read the "special ingredients in Latino recipes"on the right side of this page and carefully study the following dictionary of special ingredients and terms. Next, read through the recipe you want to try from beginning to end. Then you will be ready to shop for ingredients and to organize the cookware you will need. Once you have assembled everything, you can begin to cook. Here ais the list of easy authentic Latino recipes with pictures.

Cactus Salad Recipe

Mix cabbage, cactus, onion, radishes, tomato, and serrano chili in a medium bowl. Place..

Mexican Ceviche Recipe

This light dish is great for lunch or to start off a meal. For added flavor garnish with..

Chicken Torta Recipe

In a medium bowl, combine chicken, chili powder, and 1 cup Pico de gallo. In a second..

Mexican Corn Salad

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; mix well. This salad is easy to prepare. Add..

Corn Tortillas Recipe

Place mas a Hariana and water in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until a soft dough is..

Taquitos Recipe

Heat oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Pico de gallo, chicken, corn..

Mexican Meatball Soup

In a large pot, combine water,rice, bouillon cubes, and oregano. Bring to a boil over..

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

In a large saucepan, mix berries and preserves. Cook over medium heat until slightly..

Papaya Dessert Recipe

Cut papayas in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, and place each half in a medium..

Pico de Gallo Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve immediately or cover and..

Simple Omelet Recipe

In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, warm oil; add red and yellow bell..

Mexican Refried Beans Recipe

In a large nonstick pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook..

Simmered Beans

Place beans, water, onion, and bay leaf in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil..

Roasted Bell Peppers Recipe

In a medium saucepan,mix all ingredients. Cook over medium..

Tomatillo Tomato Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve immediately or cover..

Tortilla Pizza Recipe

Brush one side of each of two tortillas with water. Press the wet sides of the..

Bean Wraps

In a nonstick pan, sauté bell peppers and onion for 5 minutes over medium heat..

Chili and Chicken Soup Recipe

Place chilies in a hot skillet and cook for about 45 seconds until lightly toasted and fragrant..

Chicken with Mole Sauce

A lot faster than a traditional mole and just as good! Enjoy preparing this nice recipe..

Potato Sauted

Bring water to a boil in a large pan. Add potatoes and cook until crisp-tender, about 15..

Vegetable Chicken Enchiladas

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté onion..

Rice Pudding with Fruit

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray..

Authentic Latino cooking and there culture

Gathering around the table for a meal has always been a central part of Latino culture and social life. Not only is mealtime a great way to share delicious food with family and friends, it is also a means by which families carry on traditions and customs that are important to their heritage.

Many of the tasty dishes served up in Mexican homes are made from recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Latino cooks are proud of their specialties and make sure to pass them on to other members of the family. In rural areas, fresh ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, herbs, and chiles may come right from the family's own garden or orchard. This close connection to the land and the production of food is another Latino tradition.

Perhaps most importantly, mealtimes are a chance for families to spend time together in the middle of a busy day. After the main meal of the day, a popular and long standing custom is the sobremesa. Literally meaning "over the table," the sobremesa is a time to relax, share stories, tell jokes, and just enjoy the good company of family and friends.

Special ingredients in Latino recipes

  • Avocado - A fruit native to Mexico, which also can be found in most parts of the United States, with pulpy, edible flesh. Avocados are ripe if they feel slightly soft when gently squeezed. If you buy an unripe avocado, let it sit unrefrigerated for a few days to ripen.
  • Basil - A rich and fragrant herb whose leaves are used in cooking. It is also sold in dried form in the spice section of supermarkets.

Mexican tomatoes

Tomatoes, native to Mexico, offer another definitive flavor: The description à la Mexicana leads the taster to expect a combination of tomatoes, fresh chilies, onions, and garlic. Almost as common as tomatoes for sauces, salsas, and soup bases is the tomatillo, the green "husk tomato," a distant relative of the tomato. Its citrus flavor combines beautifully with cilantro and other fresh herbs. Grains provide this cuisine's staple food.

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