Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15. In honor, here are some of our favorite recipes to try throughout the month.

Magdalena O'Neal  –  Updated August 31, 2021

Each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The month is marked with parades, festivals, demonstrations, and, of course, lots of food. As noted by the National Parks Service, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates people from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, among other nations from Latin America and Iberia.

With dishes like carnitas and al pastor from Mexico, to pupusas and tamales originating in El Salvador, some of our favorite things to eat in the West are to be celebrated this month. 

First dubbed a federal event as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, the celebration was amended two decades later to include an entire month. Why does it begin in the middle of September, you ask? That’s in part due to other holidays in the 31-day period. Sept. 15 marks the independence of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala from Spain. Mexico’s Independence Day falls on Sept. 16, and Chile’s is on Sept. 18.

With so many holidays back to back, it’s time to get up and get into the kitchen! We’ve gathered recipes from across the region to help guide your taste buds through Hispanic Heritage Month. Get some friends together and whip up some boozy beverages to get the gathering going, and keep an eye out for special events and celebrations going on throughout the month. 

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