There are certainly dishes that are universally associated with Latin America. We all know and love those crowd-pleasing specialties like empanadas, arroz con pollo and flan, which seem to cross borders and have been core to the cuisine in several Latin American countries. But besides these beloved meals that we all know and love, there are endless delicious Latin American comfort foods to explore as well.
Just within Latin America itself, there’s a lot of diversity. After all, Latin America includes countries in North and Central America like Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras, South American countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia as well as the islands of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti. And while Mexico gets a fair share of the spotlight for its beloved taco recipes and enchiladas, there’s no shortage of tempting options from other countries—from Brazilian cheese bread and Venezuelan arepas to Argentinian chimichurri.
We pulled together a few of our favorites — all comfort foods at heart. So whether you’re looking for a cozy soup, Hispanic dinner recipe or a scrumptious dessert — these picks are guaranteed to make you feel good.