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Puerto Rican-Inspired Recipes

Feel like you're in Old San Juan with these delicious Puerto Rican recipes.

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Mama's Puerto Rican ChickenTaste of Home

Mama's Puerto Rican Chicken

My mom has a vast repertoire of recipes, and this extra-crispy, spiced-up chicken is the best one of the bunch. We love it served with a side of traditional red beans and rice. —Edwin Robles, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Coconut Mango Bread Pudding with Rum SauceTaste of Home

Coconut Mango Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

All of the fun flavors of Puerto Rico come together in a dessert that's both exotic and familiar. Topped with a brown sugar rum sauce, it's even better with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. —Jennifer Jackson, Keller, Texas

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Pina ColadasTaste of Home

Pina Coladas

Velvety-smooth texture and a taste of the tropics are what this tropical drink delivers. The easy-to-make drink can be mixed and chilled ahead of time. When ready to serve, just blend for a creamy and delicious beverage. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Pork Picadillo Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Warm pork and cool, crisp lettuce are a combination born in culinary heaven. My spin on a lettuce wrap is chock-full of scrumptious flavor and spice. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Banana SquaresTaste of Home

Banana Squares

When we were first married, my husband was in the Navy. Stationed in Puerto Rico, we had banana trees growing in our yard, so I found ways to use dozens of ripe bananas at a time. I made these banana squares often. They freeze well and make a great snack to have on hand when friends drop in for coffee. —Susan Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Rellenos de PapaTaste of Home

Rellenos de Papa

A Caribbean classic, these satisfying, crispy-coated potato balls are filled with a savory ground beef mixture known as picadillo. —Nena Linares, Los Angeles, California

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Puerto Rican Coconut PuddingTaste of Home

Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Tembleque, or coconut pudding, brings back so many memories of the days my family would vacation in Puerto Rico to see my relatives. It was one of my favorite things to eat—I'm sure it will become a much-loved recipe with your family, as well. —Linette Serenil, Upland, California

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Roasted Pork ShoulderTaste of Home

Roasted Pork Shoulder

When I discovered Puerto Rican food, I was hooked. I’ve made this recipe my very own through trial and error, by researching ingredients and adding more or less of them to my taste. I think the results in this dish are just right. —Joanne Morgan, Kansas City, Missouri

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CoquitoTaste of Home

Coquito

An all-time family favorite, this creamy, frozen coquito recipe features cream of coconut blended with cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and rum. —Evelyn Robles, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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Picadillo in Pita BreadTaste of Home

Picadillo in Pita Bread

I made many one-dish, top-of-the-stove meals while raising three children. After I'd worked all day, there was always something to do at home. That didn't leave much time to cook! —Shirley Smith, Orange, California

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TostonesTaste of Home

Tostones

I grew up eating many dishes from Pureto Rico but tostones have always been a favorite dish for me. I still make the fried snacks when I miss my family. —Leah Martin, Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania

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Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)Taste of Home

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

Feed a crowd with this authentic Arroz con Gandules recipe, which was handed down to me from my mom. This Puerto Rican rice dish is a staple with the "familia" at all our gatherings. —Evelyn Robles, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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