Latin fusion inspired recipes

From regional favorites to worldwide sensations, Latin cooking melds them all.

When many Americans hear ‘Latin foods,’ they think first of Mexican cuisine. Tacos, burritos, and fajitias are only a few of the delicious dishes with a Hispanic heritage. The Latin portion of our world spans half of the Western and Southern hemispheres, which means there are far more Latin dishes than what you can find at your local Taco Bell. From regional favorites to worldwide sensations, Latin cooking melds them all.

Latin fusion is the practice of combining different Latin foods to create a whole new menu. A fusion-inspired fajita may contain traditional fajita ingredients, but it just might surprise you with some sauteed tropical fruit . Foods from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and beyond all find their way onto fusion plates.

To create your own Latin meal at home, try the following recipe for a grilled steak.

Churrasco con Chimichurri

1 large flank or skirt steak

Adobo seasoning

Sauce-

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1 teaspoon oregano

1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

dash hot pepper

2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

Sprinkle adobo seasoning on both sides of the steak, and place the steak on the grill. While the steak is cooking, mix all of dry sauce ingredients together. Pour in the lemon and vinegar, blend well. Stream the oil in slowly, mixing well with a handmixer. Once the sauce comes together, cover and place in the fridge. Allow to rest until the steak is done.

Check the steak for your preferred doneness. When the steak is cooked, place on a plate and let rest for about five minutes. Slice diagonally, arrange on plates, and then top with the sauce. Serve with Cuban beans and rice.

Cuban Beans and Rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon sofrito

1 teaspoon adobo seasoning

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1 1/2 cups yellow rice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 can red kidney beans

Place oil, tomato paste, garlic, and seasonings (except sugar) in pan over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute.

Pour liquid from beans into measuring cup, and then add water. You will need 3 1/2 cups of water. Pour into the pan with the tomato paste and seasonings. Add rice and sugar, heat to boiling. Turn off heat, cover and allow rice to absorb the liquid, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with the steak.

These Latin fusion foods are a great way to start added variety to your meal cooking.