Latin comfort foods: you know the ones we're talking about. They're the dishes you turn to when all you can do is crawl. Whether suffering from fever, hangover, or nostalgia, these Latin recipes are capable of fixing every illness or yearning you've got.
Problems melt with the first bite, and it only gets better from there. We're talking Chicken Soup for the [Latin] Soul, and every country has it's own rendition: Mexico has tamales; Puerto Rico has sancocho; Argentina has dulce de leche alfajores. Whether baked, fried or boiled, these classic comfort foods are the culinary equivalents of a warm hug. So stock up on these (because everyone will want leftovers) and get cooking.
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Venezuela is famous for its arepas, and with good reason. They are handheld pockets of perfection! This Reina Pepiada recipe by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia is one of our favorite fillings; a simple mix of chicken with lime, cilantro, and avocado make a savory, creamy filling you can't pass up.
Sancocho is a hearty, classic Puerto Rican soup made with plenty of veggies (think corn, yuca, plantains, and potatoes) and your favorite proteins, all simmered in an herby broth peppered with cilantro, achiote, onion, and bell peppers; a take on the classic easy sofrito. It's comfort in a bowl and will make anyone feel loved.
Hailing from Peru's city of Huancayo, this inexpensive classic is made up of boiled yellow potatoes covered with an even yellower spicy and creamy cheese sauce, and accompanied by hard-boiled eggs and black olives.
Traditionally, in Cuba, Ropa Vieja is a simple stew of leftover scraps of meat and whatever vegetables happen to be in the house. In this recipe, pork butt, flank steak and all the classic flavors are combined in a slow cooker and simmered, hands free, until tender and richly flavored.