As Hispanics we have a lot of things to be proud of, but we definitely win the award when it comes to food.  Hispanic food around the globe has been labeled as exotic, colorful, and most importantly, full of flavors. Our friends at Diamond PR hooked us up with some of the best dishes you can find when travelling to Panama, Costa Rica, Peru, San Juan, and Ecuador but this time, and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, they provided us with the recipes so you can bring those flavors to your own home. Check out full recipes below. Enjoy!

1) Fried coconut fish & ‘fair salad’ at The Westin Playa Bonita (Panama)

TheWestinPlayaBonita_coconutfish_fairsalad Fried Coconut Fish & Fair Salad Courtesy of The Westin Playa Bonita

Coconut Fish Ingredients:

2 white  fish fillets

4 eggs

200 gr Wheat flour

200 gr shredded coconut

½ lt. Vegetable Oil

Dash of Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

Slice fish fillets into single-serving portions and season with salt and pepper. Beat eggs in a bowl and coat the fillets with flour before dipping into egg wash. Cover fillets with shredded coconut and fry in a pan with vegetable hot oil on high heat until golden brown. Remove the pieces and put on absorbent paper to remove additional oil.

Fair Salad Ingredients:

300 gr Peeled potatoes and cut in  cubes

200 gr Beetroot (boiled) and cut into cubes

3 Boiled eggs cut into squares

½  Chopped small Onion

1 Chopped celery stick

½ Cup Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. Mustard Tablespoon

Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add potatoes with a pinch of  salt. Cook potatoes on high heat for 15 – 20 minutes or until they begin to soften (should still be slightly firm). Place cooked potatoes in a bowl with beets, boiled eggs, celery mustard, mayonnaise. Mix ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with hard-boiled egg slices.

2) Casado at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort (Costa Rica)

Tabacon_Casado Casado Courtesy of Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast

125g rice

75g black beans

75g potatoes

75g salad

20g sweet plantain

50g onion

15g butter

50 ml olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

10g tortillas / 1 egg (optional)

Instructions:

Cook the rice and beans. Cut sweet plantains into slices and fry them in olive oil. Julienne the onion and saute until caramelized. Cut potatoes into small squares, saute and season to taste. Season chicken breast and cook to taste. Serve with salad and fried egg and/or tortilla (optional).

3) "Causa de Trucha" at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Peru)

jwmarriottcusco_causa Causa de Trucha Courtesy of JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Ingredients:

½ pound yellow potatoes, peeled

3 tablespoons ají amarillo sauce*

¾ oz lime juice

¼ pound fresh trout

½ tablespoon chopped cilantro

½ tablespoon mayonnaise

¼ cup chopped tomato

¼ cup chopped avocado

2 pieces romaine lettuce

1 tablespoon chalaquita salad**

Instructions:

In a large pot of water, boil the potato until fork tender. Drain and mash with one tablespoon of ají amarillo sauce, some of the lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper, until smooth. Set aside.

Cut the trout into small cubes. Season with salt, pepper, lime, cilantro and a tablespoon of ají amarillo sauce. Place over a corn husk leaf and cook on the grill for approximately 5 minutes.

Place a cooking ring on a plate, then pack in the following layers: potato, a thin layer of mayonnaise, a lettuce leaf, diced tomato, mayonnaise and another layer of potato. Carefully remove the ring, then top with the trout, chalaquita salad and remaining diced avocado.

 *Sold in many supermarkets, in the international foods section, and is traditionally called ají amarillo sauce.

**To make the salsa chalaquita, mix the following in a bowl and taste for seasoning: ¼ cup chopped corn kernels, ¼ cup finely chopped onion, ¼ cup finely chopped tomato, 1 tabelspoon spicy red peppers, 2 tablespoons lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasoning.

4) Mofongo at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Puerto Rico)

Ingredients:

6 unripe plantains

3 cloves minced garlic

2 t. olive oil

1 cup bacon bits

1 cup vegetable oil

1 t. pepper

1 pinch of salt

Instructions:

First, peel and cut plantains in pieces. Then, deep-fry the plantains in high heat in a stovetop pot in vegetable oil until golden brown and tender. Remove the plantains from the oil and place on a tray. Flatten the plantains using the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass bottle or a tostonera. Fry the plantains again on each side until slightly crispy. While the plantains are still hot, use a wooden mortar and pestle to mash them with the garlic and bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5) “Green Plantain Dumpling With Cheese" at  Ecoventura (Ecuador)

Ecoventura_Plantain Dumplings Green Plantain Dumplings With Cheese Courtesy of Ecoventura

Ingredients:

2 Green plantains, peeled and cut in medium sized chunks

4-5 tbs butter

5 tbs oil

1 cup grated cheese

Salt to taste Directions

Instructions:

1. In a saucepan with water cook the plantain chunks for about 40 minutes or until they are very soft,

2. Transfer the plantain pieces to a bowl. Mash the plantains using a wood masher – or just a regular potato masher – until you obtain chunky dough like consistency. Add the butter and salt.

3. Form balls and make a hole in the middle of each ball and fill it with the cheese, gently press the filling into the hole, cover the filling and make the form .

4. Heat the oil over high heat, add the stuffed plantain dumplings and fry them until they are golden and crispy on each side.

5. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels to drain the grease and serve immediately.