Happy Hanukkah!

I know that most of us Latinos are Christian or come from a Christian background, but I think it's very important to acknowledge that there is also a significant population of Latino jews in countries like Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico.

Today marks the first day of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. It's an eight-day celebration that is observed by kindling the lights on a beautiful candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah. Although I'm not Jewish myself, I have taken part in this celebration with friends and I have always found it beautiful. But, of course, no celebration would be complete without a feast and this time the feast includes latkes, pan fried pancakes made out of potatoes. Hope these 6 delicious Latin-style latkes inspire you too to celebrate Hanukkah. Enjoy!

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Latkes with Ancho-Chile Salt and Watercress Guacamole 1

Latkes with Ancho-Chile Salt and Watercress Guacamole

Image via Bon Appetit.

2 large dried ancho chiles
1 3/4 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, diced
2 cups chopped white onions, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 large egg
1 tablespoon masa (corn tortilla mix),** toasted, or plain all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons (or more) vegetable oil


Peruvian Purple Potato Latkes 2

Peruvian Purple Potato Latkes

Image via eCurry.

3-4 Large Purple Potatoes
1 Large Onion
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Flour
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Chopped Parsley (Optional)
Oil for Frying

Get the full recipe directions from eCurry.


Mexican Potato Jalapeño Latkes 3

Mexican Potato Jalapeño Latkes

Image via TheWorld.org.

2 Large russet potatoes, peeled
1 Egg yolk
1/2 cup Matzo meal
1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 t Kosher salt
Olive oil for frying

Get the full recipe directions from TheWorld.org.

South of the Border Latkes with Black Bean Topping 4

South of the Border Latkes with Black Bean Topping

Image via Joy Of Kosher.

1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 clove:garlic peeled and smashed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can black beans, drained but not rinsed (15-ounce)
2 large:Idaho or russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup:small dice green pepper
1/4 cup:small dice yellow onion
1/4 cup:low fat shredded cheddar
1/4 cup:matzo meal
2 eggs,:beaten
1 teaspoon:Chile powder
1 teaspoon:kosher salt

Get the full recipe directions from Joy Of Kosher.


Argentine Spinach Latkes 5

Argentine Spinach Latkes

Image via cizauskas/flickr.

1 frozen box of spinach
2 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Get the full recipe directions from JewishLA.org.


Cuban Boniato Latkes 6

Cuban Boniato Latkes

Image via Pabo76/flickr.

1/2 large boniato or yam, peeled, about 3/4 pound (available in Latin American stores)
1/2 medium Spanish onion
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/8 teaspoon crushed dried hot peppers
2 teaspoons matzo meal
Peanut or vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup sour cream
3 to 4 green onions, chopped

Get the full recipe directions from Chabad.org.