This page contains ideas, information, and materials for teaching and learning about food in Spanish.

See also: Health & Hygiene


Nuevo spot McDonald's España

Camión rojo de Coca Cola México

Blog Posts

Cocinando en familia - Great blog post that discusses the experience of working together in the kitchen as a family

Documentaries/Informational Text/News

El agua embotellada - A listening exercise based on a 2 minute and 30 second Telediario TVE report on the topic

Alimentos para mejorar tu salud mental

Comer frutas y verduras aumenta los niveles de felicidad

Comida chatarra - CNN Chile

Cómo comer delicioso con menos calorías

I have used this video (3:12-4:45) with Spanish 1 students and they were able to understand the parts I had them listening for. - eddingtona eddingtona

Como funciona la fiesta de la Tomatina

El camino de la alimentación saludable
- A 12:39 educational video from the Cardiology Association of Argentina about healthy nutrition

Cómo comer delicioso con menos calorías

Desayunos en Chicago

Diez beneficios del jítomate - Well-structured text that includes information about nutrition and other health benefits of tomatoes

La dieta correcta

- A didactic video from el Instituto Nacional de Perinatología that talks about the different nutrients available in different types of foods. Good visuals.

Making tortillas in the highlands of Chiapas

El restaurante papasiones - A brief news feature report about a restaurant in Spain - very clear, nicely contextualized video that lists ingredients in the dishes.

LaSemanaSantaDulcesTipicos.JPG - Online audio with self-checking exercises that teachers can adapt if they log in

TOP 5 Cafés por VideoBrandColombia (Pereira Colombia)

Cooking Shows

Cómo hacer galletas

Grocery Store Ads

ComercialMexicana.JPG- Mexico

EroskiOnline.png - Spain

MasXMenosLogo.JPG - Costa Rica

How-to Videos

LaInformacionPracticopedia.JPG - Fabulous site that contains both how-to videos and well-scaffolded how-to print articles illustrated with photos for accomplishing a variety of tasks on a variety of topics, including body, cars, education, environment, fashion, food, games and hobbies, health, home and garden, languages, law, music and dance, parties, personal finance, parenting, pets, relationships, shopping, sports, technology, travel, and work

Arroz con leche limeño - Lime Milk Pudding


Spanish Food - Copyright-safe images of food from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries (including, but not limited to Spain)






DesordenAlimenticioAnorexia.JPG - Infographic


La obesidad y comida chatarra

PropiedadesDeLaFruta.JPG - Outlines key nutrients in different fruits


Club de Golf de Panama: Menu Semanal - Picture menu with only a few choices and simple text
PlatoDelDiaLogo.JPG - A collection of menus from Spain and Latin America (by Zachary Jones)


Chocolate by Jesse y Joy

Ofrendas.jpg - A set of interactive activities by Barbara Kuczun Nelson based on the song Ofrendas, an image essay, and interviews designed to help students practice the future tense and food vocabulary

Don Tomate - Animated video that talks about various vegetables in a personified way

Spanish Market Song
- Excellent for introducing food vocabulary in the context of an open air market

Comida puertorriqueña
(Shared by Laura Terrill)


Oda a las papas fritas - A poem by Pablo Neruda

Oda al tomate - Pablo Neruda (very comprehensible)



Cocinero Peruano

NuevoAndenLogo.gif - Recipes for a variety of dishes from Chile



Arepitas - Traditional children's rhyme performed by Leonardo Rua to guitar music

Las arepitas - A YouTube video in which a mom interviews a toddler from Venezuela in Spanish as she makes arepitas (many basic questions - where are you from, what are you doing, etc.)

Rima de chocolate


Tortillitas de manteca - Grandmother and baby

This video was originally on an old episode of Sesame Street. It's a song about foods sold in the market and shows each food in a Latin American market as it's being sung about.

Public Service Announcements

Nutrición infantil
- A public service campaign designed to improve children's nutrition from the government of Guadalajara, Mexico




Para crecer debemos comer
- Fantastic video from Andalucia sung by a native speaker that addresses healthy eating habits with a heavy emphasis on nutrition

Si tu puerco engorda

Upbeat oldies-style music that includes lyrics with 'quiero comer' repeated as well as las hamburguesas, las tortas, pizza and lots more.


El twist de las frutas
- A short story in Spanish about lúcuma, a sub-tropical fruit that grows in South America. It is told via dialogue and narration, is followed by a few simple comprehension questions, and is then retold in third person. The third person re-telling is sung karaoke style.


Dr. TV Perú (06-03-2014) - B2 - Lonchera del Día: "Los Peques" - Excellent video that has little kids telling what they like to do, and then a nutritionist who analyzes what is in their lunch boxes based on their activities



See also: Health & Hygiene, Holiday Celebrations, Homeless & Hunger