Top Hispanic foods

By Neidelyn and Nevaeh



No one knows for certain who invented the tamale. But what we do know is that tamales have been written about for a long time. Aztecs served the Spaniards tamales during their visits to Mexico. The word tamale means “wrapped food”. Most tamales are made with masa and fillings such as pork, beef, chicken, to cheese with peppers, to sweet corn. Tamales are a Christmas traditional food. They have been eaten in America for a long while. They originally were from MesoAmerica and date back thousands of years.


Pozole is a traditional soup in Mexico. It is often served on Christmas Eve. There are different types of pozole. Some are pozole rojo(red) and pozole verde(green). Pozole rojo is made with pork, red chiles, and lots of hominy corn. Pozole verde is made with tomatillos, cilantro, green chiles, and also lots of hominy corn. After the Spanish arrived they had banned cannibalism and pork became the meat used in pozole. The word pozole means “hominy”.


Empanadas are pastries mostly filled with seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables or fruit. They are kind of popular throughout Latin and South America. Empanadas are thought to have originated from Spain, where the Empanada Festival is part of the Galician culture. The name comes from empanar, which means “to coat with bread”.


Ceviche is a mixture of raw seafood and vegetables. Some people make their ceviche different but some ingredients included are avocado, shrimp, crabmeat, cucumber, tomatoes, chiles, onion, and Clamato. Ceviche originally came from Peru. The Spanish, who brought from Europe citrus fruits such as lime, could have originated the dish in Spain. Most historians agree that ceviche was around during the colonial times.×400.jpg


Enchiladas originally came from Mexico. They came from the practice of rolling tortillas around other food. Enchiladas are a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered in a chili sauce. Fillings for enchiladas are varied. There is various meats, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, or they can be made into combinations.


A churro is a fried dough pastry covered in sugar and cinnamon. Which originated from Spain and Portugal. Some say that the churro was invented by Spanish shepherds, which had no access to any bakeries. So they made the churro so that it would be easy for them to cook in frying pans.



A mangonada is a Mexican fruit drink. The drink contains chamoy sauce, mangos, lime juice, and chili powder, and is decorated with a tamarind straw. Mangonadas are a great treat for the summer. Mangonadas are popular in Colorado, Chicago, California, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico.


The recipe for flan survived since the Roman Empire and spread to other countries such as Spain, England, and France. In Spain it became a sweet custard generally made with caramelized sugar. It gets the name from the French word “flaon”. Flan is eaten in many different places such as Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.×1200/Creamy-Caramel-Flan_exps2197_GPW2337930A12_09_2bC_RMS.jpg

9.Pastel de tres leches-

Pastel de tres leches originally came from Latin America about a generation ago. Pastel de tres leches has evolved into a standard celebration cake. Pastel de tres leches is known for being a light, airy sponge cake soaked in a mixture of 3 milks. The milks are evaporated milk, sweetened milk, and heavy cream.


10.Agua de Horchata-

Agua de Horchata (also known as Rice water) is made with jicaro seeds ground with rice and spices such as ground cocoa, cinnamon, sesame seeds, nutmeg, and vanilla. Although Horchata isn’t a food it is such a great drink that we just had to put it in this list. It is mainly from Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.×1024.jpg


A quesadilla is a Mexican tortilla with a cheese filling. The quesadilla is such an amazing snack or food. Which comes from Mexico. Quesadillas are really an anytime food because u can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or just a snack.×800/landscape-1483660881-delish-ultimate-quesadilla-1.jpg