Easy Spanish Recipes

Try these easy Spanish recipes for kids and adults, because cooking is an excellent way to experience Spanish culture, while having lots of fun. It is a “hands-on” activity to do with children.

Most native recipes use the local ingredients. However, with today’s global markets and the convenience of on-line ordering it is now easy to find such ingredients and taste another culture.

Although it is best to make dishes as authentic as possible, accommodations such as decreasing or leaving out chili peppers etc., are often needed, especially when cooking for children.



When cooking with children, be sure to take prudent precautions to prevent burns or cuts. Adults should do the slicing and any steps involving the cook top or oven. However, there is still plenty to do for kids including mixing, assembling, kneading, decorating and egg beating. Children love to cook and it engages the senses. When you are finished cooking, you can have a nice meal or snack together and spend quality time.

To make cooking extra special, play Spanish CDs and enjoy a relaxing time together. Work-in some vocabulary and phrases, while you are cooking and eating. Experiences using the five senses are a memorable and active way to learn Spanish language and culture.

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Here are some of our favorite Spanish recipes. They are child friendly for cooking and eating and most importantly – delicious.

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho soup -- My mom tried this soup when she visited Spain in 1967. The chef was kind enough to give her the recipe and it is one of the best.


Flan dates back to Roman times. The traditional egg custard is a favorite or try the Mexican chocolate version.

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) – My son Spencer visited Costa Rica over the last two summers. This is a very popular dish and one of the lovely local ladies invited his group over for a cooking lesson.

Tortilla a la Española

Tortilla a la Española – Holly, my daughter, studied abroad in Madrid last year and she introduced us to this yummy tapa.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate -- Made with a molinillo to froth it --- ¡Bate, Bate, Chocolate!

Tres Leches Cake

Soaked in three kinds of milk, the tres leches cake is luscious and quite nutritious. It is easy to make and is very popular in Latin American countries. What a great way to get your child to have milk.

Churros are fritters, fried in oil, which originated in Spain. They are popular all over Latin America and make a great breakfast or snack.

Mexican Recipes

Having a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Try these recipes from Mexico and learn a little about the 5th of May.

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"I tried the gazpacho soup and it was the best and most authentic that I have made. Can't wait to try the Arroz con Pollo." --Alison Hanover--Belmont, MA

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