Hispanic food and drink

food drink latinosFood and drink is an essential part of Hispanic and Latino culture.

Hispanics usually eat a light breakfast, then have their main meal at lunchtime (almuerzo), where in some countries all members of the family come home from work or school to have lunch together.

Many people have a rest after lunch, the siesta. In the evening, a light supper (cena) is served. The sobremesa is an important part of the meal ritual for many Hispanics, as they remain at the table after the meal to talk over coffee or something stronger.

About Hispanic food

Hispanic food has many different characteristics, but one of the main things that make it distinctive is that it is often hot and/or spicy! Some typical ingredients include frijoles (beans), corn, chilies, herbs, beef, chicken, and rice.

Here are some famous Hispanic dishes:

Moles: Pronounced Mo-lay, the name of this dish comes from the Aztec word for "mixture." Mole Poblano de Guajolote is a mixture of dried chilies, nuts, seeds, vegetables, spices and chocolate.

Tortillas: This flat bread is made of wheat flour and forms the base of tasty Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos and fajitas.

Ceviche: A dish of raw fish or seafood marinated in limejuice, often in a chopped salad.

If invited to a Latin American barbecue, or asado, expect mountains of barbecued meat (usually huge slabs of tender beef and chorizo sausage), salads, and chimichurri sauce, washed down with copious amounts of beer and wine.


Hispanics and Latinos have a sweet tooth, with dulce de leche and fresh fruit ice creams being favorites.

About Hispanic beverages

Popular Latin American beverages include soft drinks containing herbs, mango, or guarana (such as Guarana Antarctica from Brazil), tropical fruit shakes, cola drinks (such as Peru’s Inca Kola), hot chocolate, and Argentinean mate de coca.

Alcoholic drinks include Cuban rum, Colombian aguardiente, Chilean and Argentinean wine, Mexican tequila and beer, Peruvian and Chilean pisco sour, and not forgetting a huge range of famous cocktails, such as mojitos, margaritas or piña coladas.

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