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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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Here Is The Ultimate Vegan Taco Crawl For Your Next Trip To Los Angeles

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Here Is The Ultimate Vegan Taco Crawl For Your Next Trip To Los Angeles

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There might officially be more veganos than vegans in America, but nobody is really keeping track of Latino-American diets. For all the veganos out there looking for their next food-tour vacation, forget Portland. Los Angeles is where all of the best vegan tacos and Mexican food calls home.

Almost every taco truck would be able to accommodate you, and, yes, know whether their frijoles are vegan, because we’re everywhere in L.A. In such a competitive market for hungry vegan Latinos, we’ve generated a list of the top vegan tacos in Los Angeles. If you’re not hungry now, you’re about to be.

1. Cena Vegan

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Cena Vegan’s fame is all in their homemade vegan meats. The meats are so good that you can order them in bulk to use at home. At the truck, you can get carne asada, pollo asado, al pastor and a gluten-free carnitas meat option. Then, you add it to tacos, burritos, nacho boats, etc.

This Instagram reviewer puts it bluntly, “literally how are these vegan HOW. @cenavegan you’re magic.”

They’re a winner for obvious reasons.

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You can try all four taco meats and get four tacos for $11, without having to worry if the beans are cooked in lard, or if the crema is really vegan. It’s all vegan and so good.

2. Vegatinos Food Truck

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They love to serve up their vegan shrimp tacos. The few times we can find vegan shrimp are usually at all-vegan Asian restaurants. Shrimp tacos?! Only in Los Angeles.

At Vegatinos, you can get suadero and chicharron tacos before enjoying some vegan flan. 😭

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Quintin L. had some interesting things to say about Vegatinos in his Yelp Review. “I’m so in love with these freaking rockstar tacos… it feels like cheating on someone because everything tastes so good that it feels like you’re doing something naughty.”

3. Plant Food for People

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PPFP isn’t making high-protein vegan meats like Cena, but they’re keeping it classic in a different way with signature jackfruit tacos made four different ways. Plus, you can also get their breakfast tacos made with tofu and potato scramble if you get there early enough.

4. Hijo De Su Madre

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From left to right, we have a beer-battered avocado, chipotle crema, and pepita slaw; soyrizo, potato hash, and guac; Beyond Meat cabbage, avocado, secret sauce. That’s not even all their options because Hijo is all-vegan.

5. Dear Mama LA

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You definitely want to check out this Latina-owned taco spot when you are in LA. Her caption reads, “This hood inspired traditional flavor is just what summer needed. Our citrus marinated chick’n or Hood Chick’n will have you reminiscing on the days you were a kid and you had carne asadas with the family. This hood staple of yellow looking chicken was what most kids enjoyed! So I’m bringing it back to you with a whole lot of love. We marinate it to perfection with oranges and bell peppers and of course love 🥰🙆‍♀️🔥”

6. Trejo’s Tacos Fried Avocado Tacos

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Danny Trejo has outdone himself with a chain of authentic Mexican tacos all around Los Angeles. Danny knows his clients well by offering the only version of an avocado toast we want to have for breakfast: Fried Avocado Tacos.

You should also check out their Cauliflower Chorizo Tacos.

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Listen, his taco game is on point. Trejo’s alway has at least three vegan options on the menu. As of June 2019, he has Young Jackfruit with avocado crema, Mushroom Asada with pepita pesto, and Cauliflower with cashew cream.

7. Doomies Home Cookin’ and Doomies NextMex

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Doomies is best known for replicating America’s favorite meat dishes (like fried chicken, and Big Macs) but vegan. The reviews are in and Next Mex is where it’s at.

8. Gracias Madre

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This restaurant is reserved for those special nights out. It’s LA prices, but it’s outrageously delicious. You can expect to enjoy all your vegan favorites from sopes to pozole, flautas and tamales. Their jackfruit carnitas tacos are rico. top it off with flan or pineapple upside down cake and you’ll be happy as a vegan clam.

9. Olga’s Naturally

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All their taco tortillas are handmade using organic blue maiz from Oaxaca. They always strive to source organic and also offer vegan chicken as a protein option, alongside vegan cheese quesadillas. Yup.

10. Sage Vegan Bistro

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It isn’t a taco joint but they do have great tacos. Plus, they know to call them street tacos. These are “made w/ marinated jackfruit, garlic aioli, cilantro and onions on an organic corn tortilla are served all day on weekdays and after brunch on the weekends! 🌮”

11. Organix LA

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They take Taco Tuesday very seriously with $2 vegan tacos and 20 percent off all vegan burritos. All their food is vegan, and you can enjoy anything from deep-fried vegan fish filet tacos to classic carne asada style grilled mushroom tacos like the ones you see above.

12. Chica’s Tacos

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Chica’s vegan tacos are made with spicy cauliflower chorizo and topped with a slice of marinated mushroom, avocado, and cilantro. You know they’re good because Chica’s stands by using only organic, never frozen ingredients to represent an authentic Méxican dish.

13. Un Solo Sol

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They essentially offer a vegan version of almost everything on their menu ranging from nopalitos tacos to pinto bean pupusas. You know when you order veggie tacos at a non-vegan taquería and it’s just onions and pico de gallo? These guys load up their veggie tacos with actual veggies ricos.

14. Tacos La Tehuanita

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Follow @tacoslatehuanita to get all the updates on where they’re parked tonight. “Yum! Come one, come all, come with hearty appetites,” are the types of rallying calls you can expect from them. You want to try the butternut squash tacos.

15. Taco Zone Truck

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Yelp reviewer Helen J. Puts it best. “VEGAN AND VEGETARIANS WELCOME HERE. The tacos are cheap but full of flavor. We came down here after the Griffith Observatory and these tacos hit the spot! Great food truck, friendly service, and fast at that.”

16. El Chato Taco Truck

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Folks rave about how you can feast and still have a pile of money leftover at El Chatos. While reviewers aren’t posting pictures of the vegan option, there are a dozen reviews about how delicious the veggie tacos are. It can never hurt to check it out.

17. Guisados

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Above are the two vegetarian options listed on the menu. We bet you could ask for it sin cotija, but the off-menu vegan accommodation is reportedly spicy. One Yelp reviewer said, “My friend who is vegan, was able to be accommodated at this place as well! He ended up getting the chiles correados taco. BEWARE!! It is extremely spicy ! But he really loved it !”

READ: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

The New York Times Honestly Just Discovered Tajín And Their Love For It Is Kind Of The Sweetest

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The New York Times Honestly Just Discovered Tajín And Their Love For It Is Kind Of The Sweetest

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Tajín is a special chile y limon spice mix that is as much a part of Mexican culture as elotes and paletas. You can use it on so many different foods and the most obvious choice is on fresh fruit. That brand of salty sweet crystals that you put on top of pieces of fruit is fast becoming the recognizable spice of choice for chefs and foodies around the U.S. It is just one way that Latino culture is permeating American culture.

The New York Times is finally giving Tajín, the most iconic Mexican kitchen staple, a moment to shine in the national spotlight.

Any Mexican and Mexican-American will swear by this seasoning. It is everywhere and on everything. The taste of the spicy-lime flavor amplifies the naturally sweet flavor of ripe fruit and gives a deep profile to frozen paletas on hot summer days. The aroma wafting out of a freshly opened bottle will change the world as you know it.

The New York Times recently published an article praising the bright red chile salt and, honestly, it’s about time.

Tajín has been around for over three decades, since 1985. However, the iconic concoction didn’t break into the U.S. market until 1993. It is literally as well-known and adored by Mexican families as Chamoy, a sauce created using fermented chiles and fruits also used on all kinds of foods.

Legit, people never leave their house without this seasoning because you never know when you’re going to need it.

Legions of ride-or-die Tajín fans have been sprinkling the seasoning since they were kids. It’s almost a rite of passage—start off with fruit and then as you get older, rims of margarita or cocktails get a dash of Tajín. It’s the cycle of life so many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have enjoyed.

The article, written by Daniela Galarza, gave people a look at the history of the incredible seasoning.

If sprinkling tajín is a lifestyle, then everyone from your corner bionicos shop that has just the right amount of red dusting on your spears of pepino and chunks of sandia, to Bon Appetit magazine’s recipe listings, are stanning tajín—just the way food royalty should be treated, tbh.

It’s one of the most spectacular fandoms known to the food world.

The article explains that even though the company was founded in Guadalajara in 1985, the U.S. has become a massive market. According to The New York Times, 40 percent of the market for Tajín is in the U.S. where Mexican-Americans make up 11.3 percent of the total U.S. population. Mexican-Americans also make up 63.2 percent of the Latino population in the U.S.

In case you weren’t sure, the love for Tajín is so strong and transcends man-made borders.

“I can’t even imagine a time before Tajín, or before salts flavored with lime and chile,” Mariana Gomez Rubio, a culinary consultant in Mexico City told The New York Times.

This social media user said the red seasoning was there for her when she had a health condition.

The popularity of this chile-flavored salt (its main ingredients include dried chiles de árbol, guajillo and pasilla, dehydrated lime and salt) that has its roots in Zapopan, Jalisco.

And it looks so good when it is used appropriately, which it is hard to use it inappropriately.

It is a great way to make sure that you are eating all of your fruits and veggies. After all, we could all be eating more of the heathy stuff and is this makes it easier, then why now.

Imagine coming across these spice and citrusy cucumbers in your house after a long day at work.

Grab a tissue so you don’t drool on your phone. We know you can’t get enough of Tajín and that is normal. We all have a love affair with this one-of-a-kind treat.

Recipes for everything from desserts (this innovative chef paired the chile-lime salt with chocolate and bananas to make fluffy banana bread) to NYT reader-suggested pineapple chunks have been making the Internet and social media rounds from true fans.

The sight of red chile sprinkled #TajinMoments is only going to increase. The brand has announced collabs with Pinkberry, On the Border spiced tortilla chips, and Snak Club for peach ring candy, peanuts and trail mix.

The company is betting on its continued success and is expanding into a larger facility in Jalisco later this year. It has also started looking into making a push into Pakistan, India, and Japan—countries that also like to use spices in their cooking.

Nice, nice—getting worldwide, Tajín!

Along with its buddies chamoy and Tapatio sauce, we see Tajín enjoying its golden days for years (and perhaps decades) to come around the world.

Are you a fan? Tell us your favorite tajín recipe in the comments and share this article with your friends!

READ: These 20 Delicious Latino Snacks You Need To Be In Your Life Permanently

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