If you’re doing a food unit with your Spanish classes, or maybe looking for an activity for your Spanish club, cooking is always a great option! I personally prefer to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to cooking with students, so I thought I’d round up a list of ideas you can use when planning. Check out this list of recipes for Spanish class.
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Notes on Food in the Spanish Classroom
Always check your students’ information for allergies and other health considerations. Food can be tricky so you want to make sure you’ve done your research in their documents first! It would NOT be fun to be in the middle of your lesson and have to deal with an allergic reaction, so check first.
Along those same lines, some schools require that you get permission before you bring in food. Either find out what your school’s policies are, or be ready to ask for forgiveness if you get in trouble – up to you!
This will be up to personal preference, but sometimes, depending on the food costs, and the time and energy I have available, I’ll opt for a “shortcut” or “simple” recipe, rather than the “long” way. I’ve linked some recipes below, but as you and I both know, many foods from the Spanish-speaking world have MANY, MANY variations. If you don’t like a recipe I’ve linked, feel free to pick a different variation on a similar food!
Cooking Recipes for Spanish Class
There are a few ways you can handle cooking recipes for Spanish class. You can cook, prepare, or buy the food ahead of time, and just bring it in, you could cook in your classroom, or, depending on what’s available in your school, you could go to a kitchen facility or classroom (FACs) and borrow their space. Of course, that will require some communication and planning, but it can be done!
One last note before I list some ideas: something like this can wind up being expensive, both financially and in terms of your own energy. It’s okay to say no, I can’t do this right now, and pick something else to do in your Spanish class food unit!
12 Recipes for Spanish Class
- Guacamole – recipe
- Pico de Gallo
- Alfajores – recipe – YouTube video from Cocinar en la Cocina series
- Tortilla Española – recipe y video – YouTube video from Cocinar en la Cocina series
- Dulce de membrillo – quick explanation & recipe with pictures – receta en español
- Horchata – recipe – video
- Fruit with Tajín – this is SO simple there’s not really a recipe. Cut up some fruit like watermelon, mango, pineapple, and sprinkle with Tajín
- Arepas con queso – Youtube video
- Gazpacho – recipe – Youtube video
- Churros (y chocolate, claro!) – recipe – the same website has a recipe for “churro bites” instead which might be nice if you’re doing a few different recipes for students to try! One more thing – I found this recipe for air fryer churros that definitely got saved to my to try list. I’ll letcha know how it goes!
- Calabaza en dulce – recipe – Youtube video from De mi Rancho a Tu Cocina
- Chorreadas de maíz – recipe – Youtube video 🌽Chorreadas de maíz costarricenses 🌽
Simple Recipes for Spanish Class
What other recipes have you made in Spanish class? What would you add? Comment below and let me know!
Spanish Teacher Tees
Check out these fun, foodie tees to wear while you’re cooking up a storm!