National Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts Sept. 15, is a more than 50-year-old American tradition to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spanish-speaking countries.
One delicious way to mark the observance, which continues through Oct. 15, is by enjoying the foods that are part of that heritage — at least somewhat Americanized versions of the dishes. In the Cape Cod restaurant world, that means largely Mexican food, but you also might find some culture-spanning surprises.
The observation started, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov, in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988,