Although I love planning parties and cooking, there are some days when I get overwhelmed and forget to plan a big to-do. That's sort of what's happening with me this Fourth of July, when I seriously just haven't had time to prepare anything special.

It's no big deal, though, because I know that making delicious food doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, some of my favorite Latin recipes just couldn't be easier. Whether you're making a slow cooker rice and beans (so easy!), sofrito grilled bread for your burgers, grilled veggies with salsa verde as a side dish, a cinnamon-sugar coated grilled pineapple for the easiest dessert EVER or a watermelon keg (AMAZING!), then take a look of these recipes and make this the easiest July 4th you've ever had. 

Read more ¿Qué más?  The Mamás Latinas Ultimate Latin BBQ Grilling Guide (RECIPES)

What are your tricks for making easy dishes at the last minute? How are you going to celebrate July 4th this year? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Easy Latin food ideas for July 4th!

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Image via Prudent Baby

Watermelon Keg & Agua Fresca

Ingredients: watermelon (Also: a spigot, apple corer)

Directions:
1. To make the watermelon stand up, slice a small small small amount off the bottom. Leave as much of the white as you can, and cut so the watermelon will stand up straight. Slice a bigger chunk off the top. It doesn’t have to be this big, but a big opening makes it easier to have your kid help scoop out the flesh. 

2. Now scoop out the flesh. I removed it directly to the blender. Puree the watermelon. Run the blended watermelon through a strainer to get the seed bits and chunks out.

3. Use an apple corer to create a hole for your spigot. Screw that baby into place. To make watermelon aqua fresca, mix the watermelon juice with the juice of half a lime (or more, to taste). Taste, if it needs more sweetness add a tablespoon of sugar or simple syrup at a time. Pour it into your watermelon. If no children are present, add vodka. Done!

Recipe courtesy of Prudent Baby.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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