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Spicy Chipotle Salmon
Spicy Chipotle Salmon

This gorgeous Spicy Chipotle Salmon is full of flavor and pretty enough to serve to guests, but is so quick it also makes a wonderful weeknight dinner during Lent or anytime of the year.


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Chicken Ropa Vieja
Lighter Latin: Healthy Chicken Ropa Vieja Recipe

Today I am putting a healthy twist on a Latin classic with a lighter variation of ropa vieja. Traditionally, ropa vieja or carne desmechada is made with beef, but I made this recipe with chicken and surprise! It's just as tasty as the traditional version. Served over rice with tajadas de maduro, it's an excellent dish that the whole family will love.


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Chicken Ropa Vieja
Chicken Ropa Vieja

Traditionally, ropa vieja or carne desmechada is made with beef, but this recipe swaps in chicken for a healthier (but just as delicious!) variation. Served over rice with tajadas de maduro, this Chicken Ropa Vieja is an excellent dish that the whole family will love.


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Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce
Ropa Vieja and Plantain Empanadas

Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce are filled with shredded flank steak and ripe plantains and served with a creamy avocado sauce with earthy cilantro, warm cumin, and mayo.


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Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce
Empanadas + Ropa Vieja? Yes, Please!

Ropa vieja, a flavorful shredded beef dish usually served with rice, plantains, and beans, has many, many variations. Some recipes have been passed down through generations and we all think our grandmother's recipe is best, of course. A hearty meal that makes delicious leftovers (sandwiches piled high on toasty rolls, it's wonderful over arepas, rice or tostadas), the dish is a great way to feed a crowd and prep for busy weeks ahead. 


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Coffee Crusted Pork Chops
Make This Now: Colombian Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

We ate pork chops regularly at home when I was living in Colombia, but here in the United States, I don't make them nearly enough, and that's a shame! They're inexpensive and when cooked properly, can be as succulent and satisfying as an expensive steak.


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Coffee Crusted Pork Chops
Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

While a good pork chop doesn't need much more than salt and pepper to be delicious, Coffee Crusted Pork Chops play around with different spices creating tender, spicy, deeply flavorful pork chops with just a hint of sweetness.


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Avocado Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce
Warm Up with Easy Veggie Empanadas

Empanadas are a very popular Latin American treat that can be found at any meal and at most bodegas and sidewalk street vendors. They come in variations ranging from savory to sweet, large to small, and baked to fried, and the possibilities for filling them are endless. 


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Avocado Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce
Avocado Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce

Make empanadas a meatless meal with a surprising veggie filling: avocados! The crust is flaky and buttery and the avocado filling is creamy and spicy and served with a fresh cilantro sauce, they're a great recipe to add to your repertoire.


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Creamy Crab and Coconut Rice
Colombian Comfort Food: Arroz Atollado

Arroz Atollado is a traditional Colombian dish from the Pacific region of the country, which includes the departments of Nariño, Chocó, Cauca, and El Valle del Cauca. This region of Colombia is located on the Pacific Ocean and borders Panama in the north and Ecuador in the south.


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