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Latinos Never Do Basic Snacks And This Incredibly Photogenic Elotes Are Just Part Of The Wonders Of Latino Foods

Corn on the cob has taken the place as one of the most iconic foods in Mexican cuisine. They are usually grilled, covered in mayo, cheese, powdered pepper, and butter. That is the most basic and traditional way to make an elote. Of course, in today’s world of social media and rapid cultural sharing, nothing stays traditional and basic for long. The same can be said for the elote. As soon as people started to experience the smoky flavor of the grilled corn, minds and tastebuds went to work to create a different elote experience drawing on their own cultural backgrounds.

It is June so of course, someone is out there making Pride-ish elotes and they look magnificent.

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We just want to know what was used as the toppings. How did the creator of these proud elotes gets the colors? We just have a lot of questions about what the flavor profile is of this incredible creation.

Some people have taken it further and created a Korean BBQ version.

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That’s right. We found a Korean BBQ version of the iconic and delicious elote. Who doesn’t enjoy some Korean BBQ from time to time? Have you ever thought about putting it on an elote? Neither did we. Fortunately, we don’t have to imagine this anymore because someone created it so you can to.

Why not a simplistic Japanese take on the elote?

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The creator of this Japanese take on the elote really went for it and swapped out all the ingredients for Japanese staples. According tot he original poster’s caption, it just takes a little bit of “kewpie mayonnaise, yuzu, house hot sauce, and togarashi mixed nut crumble.” With that, boom, you have a simple and unforgettable Japanese elote.

Chapulines on your elote? Yes, please.

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Grasshoppers are already a staple in Mexican cuisine so why did it take so long for them to end up on an elote? They would add a nice crunch to the already widespread street food. Plus, the chapulines on the elote make for a great Instagram post because they are so photogenic.

Someone has decided that barbecue sauce is an acceptable addition to an elote.

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Not gonna lie, this actually looks really good. Who doesn’t enjoy the smokiness of grilled food combined with the tangy, sweet taste of barbecue sauce? Have you ever been to a southern barbecue? That’s what it’s all about.

Now, you know that Takis have been given a new purpose thanks to the elote craze.

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Honestly one of the greatest food inventions known to man. What a special treat this is when you take a bite and are greeted with the taste that makes Takis great. If you are already a fan of Takis, these will make your life that much better.

Fondue-style elote? Mira que fancy.

We all have a memory of the first time we got to have fondue. We thought we were so fancy when we dipped our foods into the hot cheese. Now, have you ever tried it with an elote? No? Well, maybe you should to really open your eyes to the world around you.

Someone did create a unicorn version and, well, it’s a thing.

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Tbh, we are curious about these. Are they sweet? How did you get the colors? Why did they think this was a good idea? This treat, while likely delicious, is a bit of a head scratcher since we can’t imagine the flavor.

This one looks like an amazing experience as it is guacamole, queso, y chiles serrano.

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This will burn so good as you munch away on the corn. How we have never thought to put guacamole on the elote is something we need to think about. Of course, this elote will cost extra because guac is just not something we treat with disregard.

Go on down to Disneyland and you can have an elote hotdog.

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You read that right. Disneyland has their own take on the elote by way of an elote hotdog. If you have had this concoction, please let us know what you think. Is it worth a trip to the park?

You know a Hot Cheetos elote was going to make an appearance.

Quick pro tip: Use Hot Cheetos Puffs when making these elotes. If you use regular Hot Cheetos, they will not turn out as great as these look. The puffs are more likely to become fine crumbs giving the elote the best coverage and really give you that mouth feel that you want.

When all else fails, just add the ingredients but overdo it so it will catch everyone’s attention.

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We aren’t totally shure what is going on here but we are already getting in line to try one. This is one of the most exaggerated elotes that we have seen and it is one of the greatest photos of an elote we have seen.

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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