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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 rating18 reviews 2 comments


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photo: LisaMM

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

 
stovetop


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

 
oven


Creamy Beef Enchilada Casserole
This recipe has a 5 star rating12 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


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 rating3 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.

 



Shredded Beef Soft Tacos

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photo: CDKitchen

Made with green bell peppers, cider vinegar, ketchup, garlic, beef bouillon granules, bay leaves, liquid smoke, ground cumin, hot pepper sauce, sugar

 
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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