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15 Lent Recipes With Sabor Latino

Lent is a time of penance and many of us give up meat and poultry. Some Catholics abstain from eating beef as well as chicken during the entire Lent period, others during Holy Week, still others just on Good Friday. But giving up meat does not mean you have to give up on flavor. In have rounded up some of our favorites vegetarian and seafood recipes filled with sabor Latino. You can enjoy these easy recipes during Lent or anytime of the year.

Tuna Tostadas With Cilantro Lime Crema

Combining tuna with fresh ingredients like avocado, tomato, cilantro and red onions these tostadas come together with a delicious cilantro lime crema and a little bit of kick.

tuna tostadas with cilantro crema
Mango-Cucumber Brown Rice Salad

This easy rice salad has a little bit of everything: the smooth and delicious flavor or the avocado combines with fresh mango to give it a tropical and exotic flavor.

Mango cucumber salad

Mango cucumber salad

Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos With Avocado And Mango

I’m a huge fan of fish tacos and this version is one of my favorite. The mango and lime juice combine to give these fish tacos a sweet and tangy flavor that is further enhanced by the spiciness of the the chipotle lime sauce. chipotle lime fish tacos with avocado and mango

Spicy Gazpacho With Avocado

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold tomato soup . Thick and creamy this version of gazpacho has a little bit of kick and is topped with delicious shrimp and a dollop of fresh crema.

gazpacho with avocado
Spicy Pineapple and Avocado Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is ideal for those warmer spring days that are just around the corner.  Penne pasta is tossed with fresh tomatoes and pineapple chunks for a quick, fresh and easy dish filled with unexpected flavors.

Spicy Pineapple and Avocado Pasta Salad

Healthy Tuna and Quinoa Sliders With Creamy Avocado Sauce

If you are craving a hamburger these tuna and quinoa sliders will make you forget you have given up beef!  This recipe is packed with protein and is not only easy to make but satisfying and delicious.

Tuna and quinoa patties and sliders with creamy avocado sauce.

Tuna and Avocado Ceviche

Made with raw fish cured in citrus juice ceviche is a very popular dish in many Latin American countries. Each country has a different version and this one combines fresh, sushi grade tuna with fresh tomato, cilantro, onion and avocado for a deliciously fresh fish recipe.

Tuna and avocado ceviche

Tuna and avocado ceviche

Mushroom and Flor de Calabaza Tacos with Chipotle Crema

This vegetarian taco recipe is one of my favorites. The mushrooms and flor de calabaza come together to create tacos that are delicious, hearty and filling. The chipotle crema brings the flavors together finishing them off with a bit of kick.
tacos flor de calabaza mushroom
Veggie Chipotle Quesadillas With Creamy Avocado Salsa Dip

These open quesadillas loaded with hearty vegetables and topped with gooey melted cheese will make you forget you have given up beef.  They are not just delicious and filling but oh so good for you. Cut them up like a pizza and dip them in fresh avocado dip and you will find yourself in heaven.

Vegetable Quesadillas and Creamy Avocado Salsa Dip
Chipotle Tuna Empanadas

What is a Latino recipe roundup without an empanada recipe? These warm and flaky empanadas are filled with tuna and veggies. Dip them in fresh salsa and enjoy!
filling of tuna empanada #shop
Tamarind Citrus Shrimp Kabobs

Prefect for the grill these shrimp kabobs are marinade in tamarind and soy sauce giving them a rich and full flavor.
Tamarind citrus shrimp skewers

Grilled Tuna Steak With Chipotle Sauce

You might have noticed by now that I am a huge fan of tuna. There is nothing like a fresh tuna steak perfectly seared to reveal a red center. This tuna steak is topped with a deliciously spicy chipotle sauce and paired with grilled avocados.

Grilled tuna with Chipotle sauce ready to eat

Traditional Guatemalan Tostadas

Great as a snack or a light lunch these tostadas are loaded with guacamole, tomato salsa and refried beans and topped with fresh onion, cilantro and crumbled queso.  In Guatemala these are commonly found in ferias and during Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions and celebrations.
Tostadas recetas guatemala

Chipotle Citrus Shrimp and Avocado Rice Bowl

I love how easy and versatile rice bowls are and this one combines delicious shrimp, cooked in a chipotle sauce with fresh avocado for a one bowl meal that is flavorful and filling.

shrimp and avocado rice bowl

Chilaquilas from Guatemala

You might have heard of Mexican chilaquiles which are made with tortilla, Guatemalan chilaquiles are very different. These are made with güisquil or chayote slices filled with gooey cheese, covered in egg batter and fried. Topped with tomato salsa and queso fresco biting into a chilaquila brings me back to my childhood back in Guatemala and it will transport you to a place where meat is not needed or missed!

chilaquilas Guatemala

chilaquilas Guatemala

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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