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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Sofrito Grilled Bread

Ingredients: 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 small), 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small), 1/4 cup packed fresh coriander sprigs, washed well and spun dry, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, twelve 1/4-inch-thick slices nonfat country-style bread (12 ounces total)

1. In a blender purée all ingredients except bread until smooth. In a small heavy saucepan simmer sofrito, stirring, 3 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Sofrito may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Prepare grill.

2. If desired halve bread slices. Spread some sofrito on 1 side of each bread slice (reserving any remaining sofrito for another use) and grill, sofrito side down, on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until golden brown, about 2 minutes. (Alternatively, bread may be grilled in a hot well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.) Transfer sofrito bread as grilled with tongs to a bread basket.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.

About the author

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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