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Central American Cuisine

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This is one of my favorite styles of food with it's festive colors and varied flavors. Most of the recipes you'll find here are of Mexican origin but we have others from Costa Rica, Guatemala, and other regions of Central America.

There are some recipes that are considered Central American but really are American creations. Since there is often a fine line between authentic and non-traditional, we've included them here as well so they are easy to find.

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Canned Salsa
This recipe has a 5 star rating19 reviews 2 comments

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photo: LisaMM

Made with lime juice, cider vinegar, salt, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, fresh cilantro


Debbie's Mexican Shredded Beef (Carnitas)
This recipe has a 5 star rating8 reviews

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photo: CDKitchen

Made with salt, stewed tomatoes, cumin, beef chuck roast, salsa, garlic, chili powder, fresh oregano

stovetop, oven

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Ranch Sauce
This recipe has a 5 star rating5 reviews

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photo: CDKitchen

Made with cheddar cheese, flour tortillas, cream of chicken soup, ranch dip, green onions, chicken, buffalo wing sauce


Creamy Beef Enchilada Casserole
This recipe has a 5 star rating13 reviews 3 comments

Beef Enchilada Casserole
photo: beholmes

Made with corn tortillas, longhorn cheese, enchilada sauce, ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, tomato soup, cream of chicken soup, green chiles

stovetop, oven

Chili's Salsa
This recipe has a 5 star rating13 reviews

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photo: Kurtz

Made with sugar, cumin, garlic salt, onion, diced tomatoes and green chiles, whole peeled tomatoes, jalapenos


Tamale Pie Casserole
This recipe has a 5 star rating5 reviews

Tamale Pie Casserole

Made with tomato sauce, corn, ripe olives, salt, black pepper, chili powder, garlic, green bell pepper, milk

oven, stovetop

Crescent Taco Pie
This recipe has a 5 star rating7 reviews

I used ground turkey.  Served with refried beans, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.
photo: sweetz

Made with cheddar cheese, sour cream, ground beef, taco seasoning mix, water, crescent dinner rolls, corn chips

oven, stovetop

Shredded Beef Fajitas
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews

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photo: supersalad

Made with flank steak, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, cumin, ground coriander

crock pot

Baked Tacos
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews

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photo: CDKitchen

An easy baked version of tacos made by filling flour tortillas with ground beef, beans, salsa, and seasonings. The tacos are baked in the oven and garnished with your standard taco fixings.

oven, stovetop

El Torito Salsa
This recipe has a 5 star rating4 reviews

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photo: CDKitchen

This version of the restaurant's famous salsa contains both canned and fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, serranos, cumin, oregano, and fresh cilantro.


Smoky Shredded Sirloin Soft Tacos

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photo: CDKitchen

Made with yellow onion, green bell peppers, dry red wine, ketchup, cider vinegar, garlic, beef bouillon granules, bay leaves, liquid smoke, ground cumin

crock pot, oven

Chipotle Carnitas
This recipe has a 5 star rating4 reviews

Chipotle Carnitas

Made with water, pork butt, chicken broth, bay leaves, onion, ground cumin, cilantro, oregano, chipotle chilies en adobo, adobo sauce

stovetop, oven

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