Choose Diverse Ingredients to Liven Up Your Recipes


Diverse Ingredients from Latin Foods

If you feel like your cooking has gotten boring, maybe you just need to try some new ingredients. After all, cooking with the same ingredients over and over again is really just a recipe for monotony, not excitement. Luckily, no matter where you live, Latin bodegas and international grocery stores have a wide range of new and exciting ingredients to spice up your dishes.

  1. Tomatillo. These little green tomato-like veggies pack a flavorful punch. They can be used in stews, green salsas, and can spice up any enchilada dish.
  2. Papaya. This sweet, flavorful fruit is great in fruit salads, homemade juices, and is delicious all by itself.
  3. Chayote. Most varieties of chayote look like a pale, green potato. Some versions have sharp spikes. Do not let its appearance scare you off. The chayote has a mild zucchini-like flavor and works well in salads, stir-fries, and soups.
  4. Guanabana. This has the appearance of a jackfruit but tastes like a natural combination of strawberry, citrus, and banana. This is popularly used in fresh juices.
  5. Chili Peppers. Chiles of all kinds are essential to flavorful cooking around the world. Sweet, wild, and mild chili peppers come in all flavor profiles and heat levels.
  6. Jicama Root. Jicama is widely available, even at mainstream supermarkets, but many of us just pass it by. It looks like a turnip but has a taste similar to a crispy cucumber. You can roast it in chunks or slice it finely to make jicama fries. Another popular serving suggestion is chunks of raw jicama sprinkled with chili powder and lime juice.

As long as you know the name of the produce, many exciting recipe ideas are just a simple Internet search away.

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