Here’s another delicious recipe from Latin Flavors cookbook in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month from the Latin Women’s Initiative.

Latin Women’s Initative president Cyndy Garza says, “Cookbooks are like time capsules, in which time-honored traditions & family memories are preserved for the next generation.  The delicious meals found in Latin Flavors are a flavorful, delicate blend of Latin cuisine & culture.  Each recipe includes ONE main ingredient handed down by our quiridas madres, abuelitas & tias, & that is “Amor”. 

The Latin Women’s Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Latin women and their families through service and support to organizations that provide community resources, education and health services. They have created a beautiful cookbook, Latin Flavors, that is not just your mama’s Tex-Mex…it’s traditional Hispanic fare that the women grew up eating before staking roots in Texas. In fact, Latin Flavors actually won an International Gourmand Award, taking home first place for Latin Cuisine. For decades Houstonians have been begging for this recipe and until now it has remained a guarded family secret. It’s guaranteed not to disappoint you or your guests.


These are easy to prepare ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator until ready to broil. We promise that you won’t have any leftovers

1 can (26 ounces) whole chiles jalapenos

12 ounce cream cheese, softened

30 medium shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled and deveined

15 strips center-cut bacon, cut in half

60 toothpicks 

Preheat oven to 500 degrees or broil setting. Wearing rubber gloves, cut each jalapeno in half lengthwise, and remove seeds and veins. Spread cream cheese into each half and top with a whole shrimp. Wrap pepper and shrimp with a piece of bacon and hold it together using 2 toothpicks. Place on a large cookie sheet with an edge or in 9×13 inch baking dish.

Broil on middle rack for 15 minutes. Turn pieces over and broil for 10 minutes longer. Instead of broiling in oven, they can also be cooked on a grill.

Serves: 10-12


Recipe and photo provide by Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations.

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