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The Best Recipes from All Around the World

You may not be able to travel during the pandemic, but you can cook the world's best dishes right at home.
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We may not be able to resume world travel just yet—but on the bright side, we can still enjoy eating delicious cuisine from all across the globe. If you're looking to expand your horizons in the kitchen, what better way than to try new recipes from different cultures? You may just discover a new favorite go-to dish. If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered—here are 15 amazing recipes from all around the world.

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Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup

cuban tomato and black bean soup
Jason Donnelly

On certain days, nothing hits the spot more than an excellent soup. This recipe is full of flavor but low in calories, and it's a great way to put your slow cooker to good use.

Get our recipe for Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup.

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Swedish Meatballs

Paleo swedish meatballs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Who says you need to make a trip to Ikea to get the best Swedish meatballs? Our recipe makes some slight tweaks to the traditional Scandinavian recipe (such as using turkey rather than veal) in order to make it healthier, but it doesn't sacrifice the taste we know and love.

Get our recipe for Turkey Swedish Meatballs.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Healthy chicken tikka masala
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken tikka masala is hands-down one of the most popular Indian dishes in both America and England. This healthy recipe also allows room for variation—for example, it provides directions on how to make the dish vegetarian.

Get our recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala.

Classic Italian Meatballs

close up of Italian meatballs plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

This recipe comes straight from the Italian grandmother of one of our editors—it's the real deal.

Get our recipe for Classic Italian Meatballs.

One-Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice

spanish chicken and rice in baking pan
Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb

Chicken and rice (or Arroz con Pollo) is one of Spain's signature dishes. This recipe is perfect if you're looking for something quick and easy. It takes 30 minutes to make and only requires one pot, so cleanup will be a breeze.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

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Vietnamese Banh Mi

banh mi sandwiches
Courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that has gained popularity in the U.S. and other countries due to its unique, delicious taste. This recipe sticks as closely as possible to the real deal that you'd get if you were in Vietnam.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables

thai green curry in bowl with spoon
Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

Who doesn't love a Thai curry? This particular recipe is vegetarian, so it's perfect for anyone who is either looking to cut back on their meat intake or stop eating meat altogether.

Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate.

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

mexican street corn elote on a plate
Courtesy of Little Spice Jar

This versatile recipe can be made either on the grill or in the oven. It's flavorful, and you can serve it as a snack, an appetizer, or a side dish. Plus, it's perfect for summertime.

Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.

Chinese Mushroom Dumplings

chinese mushroom dumplings
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Forget Chinese takeout—this recipe is tastier and healthier. But what really sets this recipe apart is that it includes an amazing sweet chili-ginger sesame sauce that takes the dumpling dish to the next level.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Homemade Croissants

croissants on a wooden board
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

It's no secret that France has some of the best pastries in the world. One of the most beloved is, of course, the croissant. They're not the easiest pastry to bake at home, but follow these recipe directions closely, and you'll be making killer croissants in no time.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Korean Steak Kebabs

steak and bell pepper kabobs on serving platter
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

The recipe is fairly simple (music to our ears!), but the kebabs themselves can be served in a variety of ways. Of course, the skewers on their own are delicious, but you can also get creative with the leftovers by adding rice, noodles, or even incorporating them into a salad.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

pork carnitas tacos
Courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

Carnitas are undeniably one of the most popular Mexican foods. This recipe uses all of the traditional ingredients and provides directions for making your carnitas in a slow cooker, the oven, or a pressure cooker.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

Portuguese Sweet Bread

portuguese sweet bread with knife
Courtesy of Macheesmo

Sweet bread is a traditional Portuguese dessert that's most often served at Christmas and Easter, but it's simply too delicious to only eat twice a year. This recipe tastes great on its own, or you can add butter or Nutella if you're looking for an extra kick.

Get the recipe from Macheesmo.

Greek Chicken Gyros

two greek chicken gyros
Courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

Get a taste of Greece with these delicious chicken gyros. We love this recipe because it provides detailed steps to make an amazing marinade—and the marinade can really make or break this dish.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

Indian Tomato Salad with Mint Dressing

bowl of indian tomato salad
Courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

Indian side dishes don't get nearly as much love as they deserve—but that'll change once you try this salad recipe. It's perfect to pair with a main course of curry.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.

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