Flan is most associated with Mexico, but its origins go back as far as ancient Rome and just about all of Central and South America love flan.
Tamales originated in Mesoamerica and were used as portable food by the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, and Tolteca cultures.
My darlings, the origin of ceviche is disputed. Let's just say that all kinds of Latin American countries make kick-ass ceviche.
Pupusas hail from El Salvador. I've never been to El Salvador, but thank goodness pupusas made their way to me.
Origins of tacos are disputed, but I'm thinking it's pretty safe to say they come from Mexico.
Quinoa has always been big in the Andean region of Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Now, it's big in the U.S.A. too.
Empanadas are another culinary delight that are made in all sorts of Latin American countries, so you will find many delicious variations and many countries will claim them as their own. Empanadas appear to originate in Galicia and Portugal.
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Legend has it that the Caesar salad was born in Tijuana, Mexico at the hands of an Italian immigrant. I do believe that makes the salad a Mexican citizen.
This delicious rice dish comes from the east coast of Spain. There are all kinds of variations on it with seafood or without, some key ingredients are saffron and olive oil.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the salsa most U.S. Americans have come to know is of the spicy Mexican variety.
It's easy to assume that the burrito comes from Mexico, but you can't have a burrito without a flour tortilla. Corn tortillas, which historically have been more popular in Mexico, cannot hold a burrito. The first reference to a burrito was made in Texas.
Yucca is and always has been a staple in Caribbean cuisine.
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Supposedly, ropa vieja originated in the Canary Islands, but I'll bet ya' that if you ask a Mexican where it's from they will say Mexico and if you ask a Cuban, they will say Cuba and so on and so forth.