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In Case You Weren’t Already Aware, These Latino “Junk Food” Snacks Are Totally Vegan

Making the choice to be vegan doesn’t mean you should live a life of flavorless snacking. Vegan Latinos can tell you many of the tasty snacks we know and love are also vegan-friendly. Your mom might call it cochinero, but you can clap back by telling her they’re both green and kind to animals. Chow down on any of these nine vegan Latino snacks!

1. Takis Fuego and Takis Nitro

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Yup. The greatest snack on the planet is also vegan. But, only in the U.S. Takis is other countries may have non-vegan ingredients so make sure to check the nutrition information before ripping into a bag, just to be safe.

2. Tajín

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The plastic on the top of the bottle says “this is not a candy,” but we all know different. We snack on Tajín like candy. We even add it to candy. Hell, we add it to everything! Whether it’s fruit, beer, oysters, ceviche or ice cream, Tajín makes basically everything more delicious! That’s why they invented mini bottles you can carry in your pocket – for necessary on-the-go Tajín-ing.

3. Guava con crackers

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Pasta de Guyaba con queso is a classic Cuban snack. Ditch the cheese and you’ve got an instant vegan treat to chomp on.

4. Pulaprindo

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The taste hard candy produced by de la Rosa is fmade from the pulp of tamarind fruit, and is spiced with sugar, salt, and chili peppers making it salty, spicy and completely vegan.

5. Pelon Pelo Rico

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Pico dumped into a Pelón, you can rest assured you’ve harmed no animals in the process of wrecking your stomach.

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6. Speaking of things that are sort of candy and you can also put on candy…

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Chamoy! Again, make sure to check the label because each brand makes their chamoy a little different. But, for the most part, chamoy is a vegan snackers BFF. And really, this opens the door for all sorts of veganized chamoy and Tajín-inclusive snacks! Is your mouth watering yet?

7. Cacahuate Japones

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Aside from the offensive packaging, cacahuates japoneses are probably the best snack on the planet. They’re crunchy, salty and ever so slightly spicy – everything that makes a snack amazing.

8. Papitas Preparadas

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Oh helllll yesssss. Papitas preparadas combine the holy trinity every snack genius knows elevates a snack to a whole other level of yum: hot sauce, Tajín and lime juice. You add that plus salsa Maggi onto potato chips and it’s a flavor rager.

9. Barritas Marinela

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After all that salty goodness, you may need a little dessert to top it all off. Reach for Barritas Marinela in strawberry or pineapple when you’re in the mood for a pastry. Side note: what is it about adding a pair of sunglasses to inanimate that immediately makes them cool AF? That barrita’s lean on the box is ultimate cool guy.

10. Mangonadas

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One of the best inventions in snackiosity is also vegan. Mangonadas are tangy, salty and mouthwatering gelato-like snacks made out of mango, chamoy, chile, lime and Tajín. They’re absolutely necessary during the summer. Plus, you can eat that Tama-Roca that comes with it, because that’s vegan too. PWAA P-P-PWAAAA!! (That’s a party horn sound)

11. Plantain Chips

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Simple and sweet with a heavy crunch, plantain chips are a favorite snack for vegan Latinos. It’s probably why they’re also a staple of Cuban cuisine.

12. Ruffles in Tapatío Limón Flavor

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Chips are the essential snack. Luckily, there are lots of them that are also vegan and will satiate your craving for that Latino spiciness. That includes Tapatío Limón flavored Ruffles. Yes! And if you’re not in the mood for these (which is weird because who’s ever not in the mood?), you can also go with Chile & Lime Sabritones, Lays Limón or Spicy Salsa Salsitas.

13. Hasbrown Sticks from Del Taco

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Vegan fans have likely indulged in the tasty and crispy papas from Del Taco. Newbies to the vegan game will be happy to know they can still hit up these reliable tasties.

14. Barritas Marinelas

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These Pineapple filled fruit bars are beloved across the board. They’re low in sugar content and the taste is just right. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough!

15. CrunchTada from Del Taco

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A pro-tip for a lot of fast food restaurants is to start by eliminating meat and cheese! Hold the cheese on this classic and you’re ready to go! 

16. Limón Paleta

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This Lollipop covered with lemon and salt powder made a huge impression on me as a kid. It’s super delicious and has a great combo of salty, savory and sweet flavors. 

17. Fritos

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This Mexican-inspired treat is the corn chip that has had lovers addicted for ages. For the Vegan in training, rest easy knowing you won’t have to eliminate this one from your diet. 

18. De La Rosa

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De La Rosa is sugary concotion made of, yes,sugar, peanuts, and artificial flavors that you will love!

19. doña pepa

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These Peruvian cookies are the equivalent of Oreos in the United States. They’re chocolate covered cookies doused in sprinkles.

20. Elotes

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This Mexican street corn treat is always delicious with creamy chili and lime sauces with cheese. BUT Eliminate the mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese and you’ve got a perfect vegan treat.

BRB gotta go stock up my snack cupboard!


READ: Latina Moms Try Vegan Food For The First Time

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We Asked, And These Are The 14 Weirdest Junk Food Meals You Eat

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We Asked, And These Are The 14 Weirdest Junk Food Meals You Eat

GUYS. Here we are again, the single most important day of the year. 

Each year, the sun rises and sets on National Junk Food Day and it’s our civic, journalistic duty to get elbow-deep into what you’ve told us are your favorite Latino junk foods. 

Yup, today we’re sinking teeth into the 14 wackiest, más loco creations that humanity has ever inflicted upon its arteries. Get ready for food porn that will have your mouth and eyeballs watering. 

These sickening Dorilocos.

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We’re kicking off with this beautiful tray of dorilocos. Why? It’s basically salad.

And by salad we mean little tiny irregular shapes that go everywhere when you dig in. The similarities end there, because, well, it’s all crispy dorito chips, cueritos (pickled pork rinds), jicama, crunchy japonés peanuts… and the occasional gummy bear. 

Dorilocos may look suspiciously similar to a child’s lunchbox that came open in his/her backpack, but don’t be fooled – it’s finger licking good. It’s usually eaten out of a bag of Doritos that is sliced open sideways and topped off with lime juice, chili powder, salsa Valentina and chamoy. 

It’s funky, it’s madness and we live for it. Two of your five a day. 

These hot cheetos carne asada fries – yell that five times fast.

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Mmm, baby. What’s not to love? This Cali classic hits all the right spots with its oozy, cheesy and fatty setup. Shoestring fries, charred carne asada, guac, sour cream, melted cheese and Cheetos (extra points if they’re flaming hot). 2,000 calories just looks so good on a plate. 

These small but mighty Jicaletas.

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What’s the best thing since sliced bread? Sliced jicama. On a stick.

Genius takes popsicle form in this crunchy treat that is oh-so-fresca. Jicaleta is, unsurprisingly, the lovechild of the ice lolly, paleta, and the beloved jicama fruit. 

Jicaleta is often sold by street vendors next to trays and trays of powdered sugar in unicorn shades. They may resemble the sand-art stations of your younger years, but don’t be fooled – these sour treats pack a bite. The jicama is first slathered in chamoy syrup, then tossed in a cascade of colored sugar. Oooof.

This fearsome Diablito from the depths of hell.

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The name ‘little devil’ does kinda give it away. They’re pica, hell-fire red and may or may not make you cry. 

This spicy cocktail is usually made from crushed lime or mango flavored ice, Taijin, chamoy, lemon and salt. They’re often garnished with a Tama Roca straw, dried fruit – whatever else you like really, as long as it’s outrageous. Evil has never tasted so good. 

This OTT elote from Elotes Asados San Rafael.

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Looking a little somewhere between a hunk of corn on the cob and fried chicken, these are not your regular elote fare. These elotes have the dial turned up on extra. 

Maybe it’s coating them in crunchy Dorito crumbs or taki dust, maybe it’s smothering them in chipotle sauce, cheese and carne asada. The one in the photo comes from a little stall called Elotes Asados San Rafael Tamaulipas, Mexico, that has become a local sensation for their outlandish elote creations. They supposedly sell 200 – 300 of their wacky flavors a day. 

This glistening bag of Dorilotes.

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Elote in a bag of Doritos chips was always going to be a good idea. Dorilotes is similar to Dorilocos, except that the corn is non-negotiable. This doesn’t really need much explanation, just gaze upon it. Mmmmmm.

These never-to-be-underestimated, pepino locos.

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Whoever said cucumbers were mild and meek?

These Mexican pepinos locos are hollowed-out cucumbers that are crusted with chamoy, then stuffed with jicama and tamarind candy and Japanese peanuts. They look like little cups, so it’s no wonder they’re sometimes served with clamato inside. 

These monstrous Sandias Locas.

The distant cousin of the pepino loco, the best bit of the sandia (watermelon) loca is probably its XXL capacity. And that means all the more room for madness – whether it’s fruits, pepino, Tama Roca tamarindo, scoops of ice cream, Corona bottles – whatever floats your boat. Don’t forget the chamoy and Salsaghetti candy. 

This very intriguing Chocodilla de Baby Ruth.

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Guatemalan Taco Bell really outdid itself when they introduced the chocodilla de Baby Ruth a few years back. Whilst it does sound a little like a 4am drunken reaction to an empty pantry, we can also imagine it being really, reaaaally delicious. This flour tortilla is filled with a smushed American candy bar made of peanuts, caramel, milk chocolate-flavored nougat and more chocolate.

Giving the people what they never really asked for, but are for damn sure going to try anyway. 

This lip-smacking chilindrina chicharron.

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It takes one hot mess to know one, and these chilindrina chicharrónes are absolutely to die for. It’s a colourful party on top and that’s definitely not pita bread underneath. 

Fried pork skin is used as the base for a mouth-watering mixture of chopped lettuce, sliced avocado, tomatoes, and the cheese, limon and sourcream that tops it all off.

This visual masterpiece that is salchipapas Colombiana.

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If this bowl isn’t art, we don’t know what is. 

Salchipapas typically involve a lot of thinly sliced pan-fried sausages mixed with a ton of French fries. Throw a savory coleslaw on top, and add in whatever you please to the mix – it could be fried egg, corn, cheese, plantain slices and much more. You’ll usually get a real mix of sauces too – including ketchup, mustard and olive sauce. Just be prepared to get messy

Mr. Full is a restaurant in Barranquilla, Colombia that’s responsible for gigantic trays of salchipapa, and towering piles of other junk food. Go feast your eyes here

This majestic Guacamaya de León. 

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These monsters are said to originate from Guanajuato, Mexico and are a treat to whip up at home. 

The bolillos are toasted so that they’re golden and crispy on the outside, then slices of avocado are added, or smushed on the sides of the bread. It’s then packed with slabs of chicharron pork crackling until breaking point – then all topped off with a delicious spicy salsa. 

These sweet Marquesita darlings.

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Is it a crepe? Is it a waffle cone? Nah, it’s an amazing Yucatan street food that’s made from pouring batter into a heating iron, and adding sweet or savory fillings! Take a bite and you could find anything from cajeta and lechera, to ham and cheese inside. 

We dare you to have just one. 

Last but definitely not least… this. Whatever this is:

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READ: Latinos Never Do Basic Snacks And These Elotes And Esquites Prove Why They Are The Greatest Snacks

Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Ok, so let’s be real. Everybody loves fries. They’re literally the greatest way you can eat potatoes and they happen to come in an endless rainbow of options.

But we all know the clear winner of the perfect vessel for eating fries are carne asada fries. Obviously.

But there’s lot you might know about the bomb dish so we’re here to give you a little master class while sharing pictures of amazing carne asada fries that will have you out the door or on your Uber Eats app in no time.

First off, many people think carne asada fries are specifically from Southern California.

That’s not exactly true. Sure there are several restaurants in San Diego that claim to have invented the magical dish but Mexicans have been putting papas with grilled meats for a looooong time.

But that’s not exactly true. Case in point the taco arrachera:

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You can find this classic taco combination all over Mexico, especially at farmer’s markets called tianguis.

These humble tacos are proof that meats and papas belong together and they’ve been together long before San Diego started claiming asada fries as their own.

Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s get to the actual asada fries.

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Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of restaurants all across Southern California and now even in Arizona and other states wth large Latino communities. As I mentoned above, restaurants in San Diego claim to have created the dish so it’s especially popular there.

And since we’re keeping things real, carne asada fries (at least not Cali-style ones) aren’t exactly authentic Mexican food – so you won’t typically find them on menus at traditional Mexican restaurants.

The Cali-style asada fries that everyone loves is said to have originated at Lolita’s Taco Shop in San Diego.

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Lolita’s Mexican Food in San Diego claims to have originated the dish in the late 1990s, inspired by a suggestion from their tortilla distributor.

And now you can find them all over Southern California.

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The dish is also served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium. By 2015, fast food chain Del Taco began to sell the item. It’s safe to say they’re pretty much every where and we couldn’t be more thankful.

But for those people who are totally clueless, what exactly are carne asada fries?

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They’re some of the most tasty fries you’ll ever eat. Plain and simple.

First, they start off with a generous portion of amazing potatoes topped with perfectly grilled meats.

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Typically, the fries are of the shoestring variety, but other cuts may be used, as well. The carne asada is usually finely chopped to avoid the need for a knife so you eat them as they’re supposed to be enjoyed – with greasy, dirty fingers.

In many places, especially in San Diego and LA, they’ll then get topped with a giant portion of beans and cheese.

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The cheese is commonly cotija, although many placesuse a less-costly shredded cheese mix which melts with the other ingredients and keeps longer.

They’re then finished off with some sour cream and guac, thus creating an explosion of flavor.

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Carne asada fries have a devout following on Twitter. Like some people just can’t help themselves.

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I mean lay it all out there girl. Now’s not the time for vergüenza.

And for some, they rather have carne asada fries in their belly than intimate human contact.

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I’m pretty sure we can all relate. Like I know I’ve been there.

Like you know a food is amazing when people take to Twitter to share their carne asada fries fan art.

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This. is. everything.

And although the original carne asada fries are literally life, there’s nothing wrong with experimentation.

We all know about carne asada fries. However, for all of you sweet vegetarians, use Hot Cheetos to change things up. Instead of using meat, this snack add another layer to the very popular french fries dish. You really can’t go wrong with fried potatoes, cheese, sour cream and Hot Cheetos.

READ: 15 Carne Asada Recipes That Will Have You Drooling Before The End Of This Post

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