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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Sesame Seed Beef Stir-fry

This is one of my favorite recipes to cook and eat! It is a quick recipe that results in a delicious meal. It's also versatile and forgiving, when I didn't have hot bean sauce I used a 1/2 tsp of sriracha instead, and while beef is preferable, you can always substitute chicken breast, turkey tenderloin, pork strips or firm tofu.  Tender, flavorful marinaded beef, coated in a slightly sweet and spicy sesame sauce.

Sesame Seed Beef Stir-fry Cooking for Kishore


  •  1lb Beef flank steak, sliced into thin strips
  • Marinade:
    • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing Cooking wine or dry sherry
    • 1/2 tsp Sugar
    • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
    • 2 tsp Cornstarch
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • Sauce:
    • 1.5 Tbsp Soy Sauce
    • 1.5 tsp Hoisin Sauce
    • 1.5 tsp Hot Bean Sauce
    • 1.5 tsp Oyster Sauce
    • 1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Green Onions, sliced
  • Vegetable Oil


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl add beef and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan or wok. Stir-fry marinated beef till lightly brown and remove from oil. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Keep oil hot add mixed sauce ingredients, cooking & stirring till it thickens.
  4. Add cooked beef and mix well. Top off with sliced green onions and serve hot with rice. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 35 mins. 
Cook time: 10 mins. 
Total time: 45 mins. 
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