Hispanic people comprise more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to CNN, but their contributions to American culture are far reaching. Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15 to October 15, and it's a wonderful time to celebrate the cultures and traditions that have inspired so many.
A great way to experience these cultures and traditions is through food and drink. Visit your local Food Lion and find all of the ingredients you need to add these flavors to your menu during Hispanic Heritage Month.
1. Sopa de Fideo
Fideo is a classic pasta dish popular in Mexico. These little vermicelli-like noodles are a dish that even your pickiest kids will love. Start by sautéing some onion and garlic in a pan with olive oil. Next, add the fideo noodles to toast them. Add a can of tomato sauce and a can of water, then bring to a boil. Dinner will be ready in about 10 minutes. It's a versatile Hispanic food recipe, so feel free to add ground beef, vegetables, or other ingredients that your family loves.
2. Fruity Sangria
Sangria is the perfect beverage to go along with all of your Hispanic Heritage Month food ideas. Slice an orange and a lemon, then mash them gently in the bottom of a large pitcher with 1/4 cup of sugar. Add one 750-mL bottle of fruity red wine, 1/4 cup triple sec, and 1/4 cup orange juice. Refrigerate for at least two hours to allow all of the flavors to blend together. Add fruit to each glass as a garnish when serving.
3. Fried Plantains
Fried plantains are popular throughout the tropical regions of Central and South America, making them a staple for Hispanic Heritage Month food recipes. Heat vegetable oil to medium-high heat in a pan. Peel overly ripe plantain bananas and cut them in half, and then cut them again lengthwise. Fry the plantains in the oil until tender. Serve them up with your favorite rice and beans dish.
4. Spicy Chavela
Chavela is a twist on the classic Mexican cocktail known as the michelada. It's spicy yet refreshing, and a perfect complement to any of your Hispanic food recipes. Fill a tall glass with ice, then add 3 ounces of tomato juice and a few splashes of hot sauce. Fill the glass the rest of the way with a Mexican beer. Serve with a wedge of lemon or lime, and top with a chili-lime seasoning.