Every time the Hispanic Heritage Month rolls around I become really excited! From September 15 to October 15 many people across the country celebrate and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Hispanic culture. A great way to celebrate with kids and acknowledge Hispanic contributions is through food. I love how food exposes children to other cultures and opens their palates to different tastes. The Hispanic cuisine is so full of flavor and comes from many regions.
Today we’ll explore delicious foods from the countries of Spain, Peru, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. This year, my 10-year-old will be the “chef of the day” and prepare a three-course meal to celebrate. I, of course, will be his sous chef.
A three-course meal traditionally consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. In the menu I created, I included a beverage. You can see the full menu with an image below. Print it out and enjoy!
Hispanic Heritage Month Menu
Appetizer “Pan con tomate” from Spain
This is a super easy recipe your kids can kids make. Make sure to supervise when cutting the tomatoes. Get the full recipe here.
A little about Spain: The official name of this country, located in Europe, is the “Kingdom of Spain” and the capital is Madrid. With a population of 47,737,941 this beautiful country boasts 4 official languages: Castilian Spanish, Basque, Catalan, and Galician.
Entree “Arroz Tapado” from Peru
Arroz tapado is Peruvian meat-filled rice. It’s a versatile recipe that can be made ahead. Get the full recipe here.
A little about Peru: The Republic of Peru is a beautiful country located in South America, and its capital is Lima. Peru is also the third largest country in the continent after Brazil and Argentina. With a population of 30,147,935 this country’s official languages are Spanish and Quechua.
Dessert “Cocadas” from Chile
A little about Chile: Located in South America, the Republic of Chile has a population of 17,216,945, and the capital is Santiago. The country’s official language is Spanish.
Beverage “Morir soñando” from the Dominican Republic
This delicious tropical drink made of milk and orange will delight everyone’s palate. Kids will definitely love this drink! Get the full recipe here.
A little about The Dominican Republic: This is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. The capital is Santo Domingo, and the country’s population is 10,266,149. The official language is Spanish, although various dialects are spoken across the country.
We are so excited for our seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!
Find even more ideas on our Latin America Pinterest board:
Mundo de Pepita
Pura Vida Moms
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
For the Love of Spanish
All Done Monkey
Crafty Moms Share
Kids Spanish Book Club
Kid World Citizen
Kids Spanish Book Club
La Clase de Sra. Dufault
Recetas Latinas Veganas