Hispanic Meals to celebrate our Heritage

Is this time again to celebrate diversity in Latin America.  I am very excited to be part of the Multicultural Kids Blogs annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop.  Many bloggers got together and are not just having a super Giveaway; but also, we have a lot of fun articles that you can read about Hispanic Heritage and celebrate diversity with us.

This year I am planning to celebrate with food.  I did some research and I found similarities among meals in different Hispanic countries that left me with a lot of antojos.  It was also very nice to see that in spite of differences among Hispanics, we have a lot in common when it is time to talk about food.  By the way, these similarities go way beyond Tacos.

It is important to mention that meals in each Hispanic country vary according to the geography of the region, the climate, the culture and history of each country.   A lot of Latin American cuisine is a combination of native cooking with European influence.  Of course each area adds their own touch to the meal and that makes the more variety.

Como muestra un boton!  The slide show will prove my point.  Many versions of the same meal and many common dishes with a different name.  And of course, you will find the recipes after the slide show.


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Empanadas are very common in Latin America. They are originally from Galicia-Spain. You can find many different versions of Empanadas, Some are fried, others are baked. Some are filled with cheese or with fruit; while others have meet filling (like a stew). You can find Empanadas in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Obviously the filling in La Empanada varies according to different regions. Leanna from All Done Monkey shared this easy to make Costa Rican Empanada recipe with me. Perhaps Empanadas are more famous than tacos, don’t you think?

The recipes
  • Empanadas.-  Leanna from All Done Monkey shared this easy to make Costa Rican Empanada recipe. Perhaps Empanadas are more famous than tacos, don’t you think?
  • Quinoa Recipe.-  Dishes with Quinoa and Amaranto are very common in Andean countries, such as Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. I like Quinoa!  I specially like how nutritious it is.   A favorite of my family is Sopa de Quinua or Quinoa soup.
  • Mexican Meatball Soup,  I found this yummy Mexican  meat ball soup recipe. It is sort of a cazuela.
  • Humintas a la Olla
  • Humintas al Horno Bolivian style.
  • Costa Rican Tamales Asados.
  • Pupusas, I found a very good recipe that I am planning to make.
  • My Puerto Rican friend Frances shared her gandules and rice specialty.
  • And Maria shared her Burritos recipe and HOW TO fold them!a
  • Tallarines verdes, a great alternative to try some Peruvian cuisine.
  • Chicha Morada is one of the yummiest drinks there is. Mary has a really nice recipe.
  • Colombian  Arepuelas, are like Bolivian Buñuelos.  Seeing mama Tortuga’s recipe made me want to cook them for breakfast.
 The Giveaway from MKB

heritagemonthWelcome to the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 22 of our member blogs! Don’t miss our amazing giveaway, and share your own posts at our linky!

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov)

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs (listed below) and follow our related Pinterest boards:

MKB HHM Twitter PartyDon’t miss our Twitter party “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Kids,” Tuesday, September 23, from 9 – 10 pm ET! Follow #mkbhhm to participate!

MKB Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop: Participating Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs

All Done Monkey

Spanish Playground

Kid World Citizen

Mommy Maestra

Kids Yoga Stories

Inspired by Familia

Entre Compras y El Hogar

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Spanglish House

Crafty Moms Share

Toddling in the Fast Lane

Mama Tortuga

Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Our Whole Village

Changing Plate

A Life With Subtitles

Spanish Mama

Pragmatic Mom

Daria’s Music

My Favorite Multicultural Books

Trilingual Mama

Mundo Lanugo

The Good Long Road

Hispanic Heritage Month GIVEAWAY!

This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!

Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.

Grand Prize Package

Smart Play PadSmart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.

Traditional Mexican toys and games.

A basket of fun from Escuela Falcón in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico. This prize includes educational games, ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, a hand-painted ceramic box, wooden toys, and a certificate for 5 hours of Skype Spanish lessons with Escuela Falcón.

LanugoA basket from Lanugo that includes Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials. US shipping only.

Spanish games for kids.

A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.

DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.

Bilingual poetry book from Lee and Low.

Spanish poetry book for kids from Lee and Low.

A Movie in my Pillow and Poems to Dream Together – Books of poetry in English and Spanish from Lee and Low.

First Prize Package

Peru prize basket - Kid World CitizenA child’s sweater and bag from Peru courtesy of Kid World Citizen. The handmade, wool sweater is typical from the Andes and might fit a child ages 2-4. The little backpack is also handmade with gorgeous details typical of the region.

Spanish games for kids. A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.

Spanish songs for kids.

Chocolalala – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi.Hola Hello – A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.

Spanish poems for kids.

Mis primeros poemas – A book of poems and audio CD for Spanish learners from All Bilingual Press.

Spanish color activities from Mundo de Pepita.

Digital download of Spanish Colors Activities Pack with printable minibooks, games and activity pages from Mundo de Pepita.

Lingua ToysSpanish activity book with an audio CD with listening exercises for kids between 3-10 years old (value: 12€) from Lingua Toys.

Bolivian GuiroHand-crafted guiro (traditional instrument), hand-carved from a gourd in Bolivia with a sun and moon pattern. Great instrument as well as a piece of folk art. From DARIAMUSIC. US shipping only.

Second Prize Package

Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua.

Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua courtesy of Spanish Playground.

Spanish ABC book from Libros Arellano.

Spanish book for kids from Libros Arellano.

¡Las letras! and Señorita Bienvenida en el aeropuerto – Two children’s books in Spanish from Libros Arellano.

Spanish songs for kids from Mariana Iranzi.

A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.

Children's songs in Spanish from Mister G.

ABC Fiesta – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.

High frequency words books in Spanish.

Digital download of 6 printable Spanish high frequency words books from Custom Literacy.

Bonus Prize: France Shipping Only!

Las piñatas de LalyBeautiful piñata created especially for this contest by Piñatas de Laly.

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6 thoughts on “Hispanic Meals to celebrate our Heritage

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  2. What a beautiful slideshow! Food really is a wonderful way to enjoy and celebrate heritage! And it’s surprising how much variety there is throughout Latin America but also how many similarities. Thank you for including our recipes!

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