Celebrate National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Fun ideas, authentic Latin American recipes and creative ways to honor Hispanic history and heritage.

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Albondigas Soup

Americans of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central American and South American descent have made countless contributions to our history and continue to enrich all of our lives every day. To recognize the rich history, cultures and traditions of our Hispanic-American friends and neighbors, we celebrate National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

We’ve formally celebrated Hispanic and Latinx heritage since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson made Hispanic Heritage Week an official event. It was expanded to a month-long festivity in 1988 by President Reagan.

Each year, it’s celebrated from September 15 through October 15 to encompass Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico’s independence days.

Hispanic culture comprises such diverse traditions, there’s no shortage of things to learn and ways to be entertained. Here are a few Latin cultural traditions you can try out to make this month educational and exciting.

Geography
Get out the globe and pinpoint Hispanic country locations. Take a moment to highlight some aspects of each like what foods are grown there, major cities and tourist destinations.

Art
Make migajon, a fun craft from Ecuador. Migajon is just two ingredients: bread crumbs and regular glue. Remove the crust from a slice of bread. Tear the bread into pieces and add 1 tablespoon of glue. Mix it by hand until it forms a clay-like dough. After shaping them into whatever you imagine, bake them at 200°F for 90 minutes before decorating them with paint or markers.

Music
Listen to some mariachi music or music by Hispanic artists like Ritchie Valens, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Selena and Shakira.*

*The views expressed in these songs belong to the artists and do not necessarily reflect the views of Giant Eagle.

Language
Learn a few Spanish words, like please, thank you, how to count to 10, and common foods like pollo.

Books
Read a biography on someone Hispanic. Roberto Clemente and Frida Kahlo are two popular options, but there are countless Hispanic history makers to choose from.

Food
Celebrate by making a Hispanic dish. here are some of our favorites...

Get A Taste of Hispanic Traditions

An Authentic Family Recipe

Growing up in San Francisco, albondigas was a soup for every season for DeeAnna Amarillas and her family. The temperate climate meant it was something they could enjoy year-round. Still, every chance they had to eat albondigas was special.


"The aroma when you opened the door to my grandmother’s house was delightful… it tasted so special: spicy and bright with the citrusy finish of lime."

— DeeAnna Amarillas, Giant Eagle Seafood Merchandising Manager

Try Our Bakery Bolillos
With a crunchy crust and soft inside, this savory Mexican and Central American bread is perfect for dipping in albondigas soup!

Siete

When their sister, Vero, was diagnosed with several health conditions, the family of seven (siete) adopted a grain-free diet. That meant giving up some favorite foods, like flour tortillas. So Vero started experimenting with alternative ingredients to make a grain-free tortilla.

La Banderita

Great food has the power to draw people together. Olé Mexican Foods has been driven by a passion for great food for generations. La Banderita is the original line of products created to deliver made-at-home quality that meets the high expectations of our Mexican families.

Tia Lupita

Tia Lupita Foods are inspired by Mexican recipes from Hector Saldivar's mom and her family kitchen! All of their flavorful sauces and snacks use healthy, sustainable ingredients. Food truly is love with every taste of Tia Lupita!

Chomps

Pete Maldonado knew he wanted to create a snack stick made from high-quality, non-GMO meats that were free of unnecessary additives. He found there was a big difference between 'grass-fed,' and 'grass-fed and finished.' He learned the latter was far superior and created a snack with this as the foundation.

Xochitl

It’s been more than 90 years since Carlos Salinas’ family began making Chipotle salsa. Growing up some 35 years ago, he was taught how to make it and has continued making it throughout his life. Xochitl, Inc. was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1995 and is 100% minority-owned and operated.

V&V Supremo

Originally from Michoacán, Mexico; Gilberto Villaseñor Sr. and Ignacio Villaseñor tried producing Mexican candies. In 1964, they realized their true calling. They wanted to fill a void by producing fresh farmer’s cheese in the traditional style of Central Mexico called Queso Fresco.

NadaMoo!

Daniel Nicholson cites his Hispanic roots and upbringing in Laredo, Texas, as the driving forces for growing his signature line of frozen deliciousness. From their pints to their people, NadaMoo! Treats everyone like part of the dairy-free fam.

Simplify Your Celebrations

Order all of the ingredients for traditional latin food from home with Curbside Pickup & Delivery and let us do the shopping.