At COCINA we have a mission: help you to plan your party with three Latin party recipes as main characters. Why? First, why not? And second, because planning a party is great but it’s even greater when snacks and appetizers are spicy, savory, and invite you to travel around a continent. 

Spice from Mexico, sweets from Argentina, and the main dish full of protein from Venezuela. Could we even travel any further? Maybe, but in the meantime, these three countries have more than warmth and stories to share, they have amazing recipes that are the best allies for ANY party (yes, occasions do not matter here, just celebrating!). 

Get ready to impress your guests with these three easy-to-make dishes that are guaranteed to be a party for your palate!

1. Watermelon with Chile Paletas (Popsicles): A Cool and Spicy Twist

Beat the heat and add a playful touch to your party with Watermelon with Chile Paletas. These refreshing popsicles are bursting with vibrant red watermelon and a hint of spicy kick from Tajin seasoning, a Mexican blend of chili powder, lime, and salt.

Simply blend seedless watermelon, fresh lime juice, and a touch of Tajin to create a delicious and healthy treat. For an extra festive presentation, rim your popsicle molds with Tajin before pouring in the mixture.

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2. Dulce de Leche Alfajores: A Heavenly Bite of Argentina

Looking for a decadent indulgence? Look no further than Dulce de Leche Alfajores! These melt-in-your-mouth Argentinian cookies feature a buttery shortbread crust sandwiching a generous dollop of dulce de leche, a rich and creamy caramel sauce.

The beauty of alfajores lies in their simplicity.

Whip up a basic shortbread dough using flour, butter, sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Bake the cookies until golden brown, then pair them with your favorite store-bought or homemade dulce de leche for an irresistible treat. For an extra touch of elegance, drizzle melted chocolate over the assembled alfajores before dusting with powdered sugar.

Dulce de Leche Alfajores

3. Pulled Beef Arepas: A Savory Venezuelan Treat

Craving something savory and satisfying? Beef Arepas are the answer! These Venezuelan cornmeal cakes are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed plain, stuffed, or used to create delicious handheld meals.

For your party, prepare a batch of Beef Arepas. Simply brown ground beef seasoned with cumin, paprika, and adobo sauce. Warm up pre-made arepas (found in most grocery stores) and fill them with the seasoned beef. Add your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, pico de gallo, or sliced avocado for a complete and satisfying party food.

Arepas are different from Tacos? Yes they are, and we tell you all about it here.

Pulled Beef Arepas

A Fiesta for Your Senses!

So ditch the ordinary and embark on a culinary adventure to Latin America with these three delicious recipes! From the refreshing watermelon paletas to the extra-sugary dulce de leche alfajores and the savory beef arepas, each dish offers a unique explosion of flavor and texture.

With their ease of preparation and guaranteed crowd-pleasing appeal, these recipes are sure to make your next party a success. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different ingredients and fillings to personalize these recipes and create your own Latin American-inspired party menu.

¡Buen provecho! 

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