Caribbean cuisine is melting pot of foods that originated in Africa, Europe, and India, but it’s entirely unique all on its own. In other words, it’s pretty darn awesome.
Perhaps no other cuisine balances spicy and sweet so well. Even the most-loved chile pepper of the region, the Scotch bonnet, is the slightest bit sweet. Scotch bonnet peppers are the reason jerk chicken, one of the first dishes that come to mind when most people think of Caribbean food, coats your tongue in heat but leaves a lingering sensation of sweetness on your lips.
Of course, the best way to experience Caribbean food is to go to the Caribbean, but while a last-minute getaway is not impossible, not all of us have that kind of money or time lying around. But no worries: We have sourced recipes for a few delicious Caribbean dishes that you can make at home.
Once you become an expert at cooking one of these delicious meals, you can start planning a trip. Will you go to Puerto Rico or Trinidad? Let your stomach decide for you.