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Bolivia: Peppery Pork with Bananas 1

Bolivia: Peppery Pork with Bananas

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The Bolivian aji de carne, a peppery pork, is a perfect combination in flavors--including bananas!

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Brazil: Chocolate Fudge Truffles 2

Brazil: Chocolate Fudge Truffles

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One of my all-time favorite Latin desserts: Brazilian brigadeiros, also known as chocolate fudge truffles.

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Chile: Beef & Corn Casserole 3

Chile: Beef & Corn Casserole

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This Chilean beef and corn casserole (called pastel de choclo in Chile) is simply amazing.

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Colombia: Chicken & Potato Ajiaco Soup 4

Colombia: Chicken & Potato Ajiaco Soup

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I'm absolutely insisting that you make this delicious Colombian chicken and potato sou, called ajiaco.

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Costa Rica: Orange Pudding 5

Costa Rica: Orange Pudding

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The Costa Rican Atol de Naranja is always going to be a favorite of mine and I'm betting your family will love it, too.

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Cuba: Bistec de Palomilla with White Rice & Black Beans 6

Cuba: Bistec de Palomilla with White Rice & Black Beans

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When I was growing up, nothing said abuelita's cooking like bistec de palomilla (a thinly pounded steak cooked with onions), frijoles negros (black beans) with white rice and platanos maduros fritos (fried sweet plantains).

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Dominican Republic: Oxtail Stew 7

Dominican Republic: Oxtail Stew

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To hear our Dominican fashion and beauty writer, Johanna Ferreira, describe the dish is just making my mouth water. Here's what she says: "I love Dominican sancocho con rabo. It has everything I love in it like yuca, plátanos, potatoes and more meats."

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Ecuador: Fruit Salad 8

Ecuador: Fruit Salad

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This time I'm recommending the come y bebe, a delicious Ecuadorian fruit salad that's made with papaya, bananas, pineapple and orange juice and the fruit is cut so small that you can actually drink it (just like the name says!).

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Guatemala: Chicken in Tomatillo-Cilantro Sauce 9

Guatemala: Chicken in Tomatillo-Cilantro Sauce

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There's a lot of Guatemalan dishes that I love but by far my favorite is the jocón, also known as pollo en jocón, which is a dish that's popular with the indigenous Mayan population of Guatemala.

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Honduras: Bean Fondue 10

Honduras: Bean Fondue

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When I first heard of anafres, the Honduran bean fondue, I was REALLY excited.

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Mexico: 5 Guacamole Recipes 11

Mexico: 5 Guacamole Recipes

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These 5 guacamole recipes are just absolutely astounding--and a MUST for today!

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Nicaragua: Yuca, Pork Rind & Cabbage Salad 12

Nicaragua: Yuca, Pork Rind & Cabbage Salad

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Vigorón, a Nicaraguan salad made with yucca, pork rind and cabbage, is a dish that's so easy that you can actually find street vendors serving it up in the cities.

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Panama: Meat-Stuffed Yuca Fritters 13

Panama: Meat-Stuffed Yuca Fritters

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That's where I had something familiar and yet different: carimanolas, a Panamanian meat-stuffed fritter made out of yuca.

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Paraguay: Dumpling Soup 14

Paraguay: Dumpling Soup

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Well, with the weather getting colder, you're going to need something warm to comfort you and I think that that bori-bori, the hearty soup from Paraguay made with meat, vegetables and cornmeal-cheese dumplings, is just what the yummy ordered.

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Peru: Shrimp Chowder 15

Peru: Shrimp Chowder

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There's a lot that I love about Peruvian food: the ceviche, the roasted chicken, the alfajores for dessert—but one of my all-time favorites is the Peruvian version of a shrimp chowder, the chupe de camarones.

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Puerto Rico: Alcapurria Fritters 16

Puerto Rico: Alcapurria Fritters

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Alcapurrias! They're traditional Puerto Rican ground beef fritters (though I've also had them stuffed with other things) and make a really filling snack or even lunch.

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El Salvador: Pupusas 17

El Salvador: Pupusas

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MamásLatinas staff writer Michelle Regalado, whose family hails from El Salvador, for the truth behind this oh-so-yummy dish. She tells me: "They are a traditional Salvadoran food that I've grown up eating and they are absolutely DELICIOUS."

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Spain: Our 6 Favorite Traditional Dishes 18

Spain: Our 6 Favorite Traditional Dishes

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What better way to celebrate where we came from than with 6 of the most traditional (and delicious) dishes from Spain? Here they are!

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Uruguay: Traditional Sauce 19

The Uruguayan sauce called salsa salu combines fresh veggies, herbs and peppers in a sauce that is perfect to put on top of any meat (and I bet it would work great with pork or chicken, too!).

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Venezuela: Pabellón Criollo 20

Venezuela: Pabellón Criollo

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As Mamás Latinas writer Vicglamar Torres, a proud Venezolana, says: pabellón criollo is second only to the Venezuelan arepas in terms of tradition in this Latin American country.

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