Each year, between September 15th and October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. During these dates, culture, heritage and the spirit of Hispanics are honored. We invite you to a culinary tour through our Hispanic roots to celebrate our identity.
Costa Rica’s Gallo Pinto
For breakfast, we love Costa Rica’s Gallo Pinto dish – perfect for the morning of September 15, when the country celebrates its independence. To prepare this dish you need: 1 cup of black cooked beans, 2 cups of cooked white rice, ½ cup of finely chopped cilantro. Fry the onion and pepper in oil. Then, mix the beans with chicken broth and cilantro. Once the broth has boiled, add the rice and cook until hot. Serve with drops of hot sauce and sliced of Avocados From Mexico.
Baked Potatoes from El Salvador
From El Salvador, another country celebrating on September 15th, we suggest baked potatoes with avocado sauce. All you need is one-and-a-half-pound bag of potatoes, 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of dry ground garlic, 1 handful of parsley, sea salt, and ground pepper. For the sauce, you’ll need: 1 large Avocado From Mexico, 2 garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon of lime juice, 60 ml of olive oil, salt, and ground pepper.
First, wash the potatoes and cut in half. Then, prepare the sauce. Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed and skin; then dice and put in blender. Add garlic, lime juice, salt, pepper to the blender with the avocado, and blend until you have a puree. Add olive oil as needed until you have an even mix.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Put the potatoes on a tray spread with butter. Add one tablespoon of oil over each potato, add salt, pepper and dry garlic. Place the tray in the oven and bake until the potatoes are golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley and fresh ground pepper. Pour the avocado sauce on top and serve.
From Honduras, we have Baleadas, a type of fast food sold on the street stands. Baleadasconsist of a wheat flour tortilla spread with refried beans, sour cream, and grated cheese. Many Hondurans like to add slices of avocado and chicken or pork. Enjoy this dish on September 15 as well to celebrate with Honduras.
Mexico celebrates its independence September 16th. The Mexican table contains traditional dishes like guacamole, tacos, chiles en nogada, appetizers, flautas, enchiladas, and pozole to name a few. All of these dishes taste great with an avocado or two.
Chile’s Reina Palta
In the southern part of Latin America, Chile celebrates its independence September 18thwith a Reina Palta. To make this dish you will need, ½ large Avocado From Mexico –known as Palta in Chile – per person, 1 cooked chicken breast, ½ cup of chopped celery, mayonnaise to taste, lettuce leaves, and black olives for decoration.
Shred the chicken and mix it with the celery, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and with the spoon remove the entire pulp. Dress the lettuce with olive oil and lime juice, place half the avocado over the lettuce and fill with the chicken, top with a black olive. For a different flair, you can replace the chicken with tuna.
With these avocado recipes, you have all you need to dig in and celebrate Hispanic Heritage!