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18 Latin American Side Dishes You Should Absolutely Try This Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful (and flavorful) time of the year.

It's officially the holiday season. 🎁

And whether you're menu-planning for Nochebuena, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, or something else — we wanted to share some of our favorite Latinx-inspired side dishes and recipes to round out your holiday table this year. Let's dig in!

1. Arroz Congri (Cuban Black Beans and Rice)

A plate of arroz congri

2. Chiles Rellenos

A plate of chiles rellenos

3. Yucas Fritas

4. Elote

5. Curtido

Bowl of curtido with pupusas

6. Provoleta

A pan of provoleta

7. Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso (Baked Plantains With Guava and Cheese)

Baked Plantains with Guava and Cheese

8. Chupe de Papa (Colombian-Style Potatoes)

Columbian-style potatoes

9. Plátanos Maduros Fritos (Fried Sweet Plantain Slices)

Fried sweet plantain

10. Refried Beans

Bowl of refried beans

11. Llapingachos (Ecuadorian Stuffed Potato Patties)


12. Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)

Mexican corn salad

13. Chilean Sopaipillas (Pumpkin Fritters)

Pumpkin fritters

14. Smashed Potatoes With Chimichurri Sauce

Smashed potatoes with chimichurri

15. Patacones (or Tostones)


16. Frijoles Negros

Cuban black beans

17. Aborrajados de Plátano (Ripe Plantain Fritters)

Ripe plantain fritters

18. Sancocho

A bowl of sancocho