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20 Latino Snacks We Grew Up With And Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Let’s say that the recent awareness of young and old folks towards healthier lifestyles isn’t really catching that much speed, but no doubt it is spreading like wildfire in a wind storm. So, how many of these latino snacks did you even guess is part of a vegan diet? And, by the way, a vegan is someone that does not eat any animal products or by-products just in case you didn’t know!

1. Plantain Chips

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You’ll find these delightful treats most anywhere subtropical South of the Rio Grande, and as long as they don’t have any cheesy toppings, they’re good to go (down, that is!).

2. Sesame Seed / Coconut Snacks.

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These famous Puertorican snacks are the perfect treat for any time of day, they come in different flavors (vegan and not) like Mango, Strawberry, Guava and Dulce de leche.

3. Tajín

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Speaking of chili powder, that’s the holy grail of them all! Worthy of a Nobel Prize, this mix of dried chilies is a classic! Everything, and I mean everything, is bettered by it.

4. Mazapan

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The delectable and crumbly puree of peanuts that is simply too good to believe is vegan. Hey! Who says vegan foods have to be bland? Not this kind… dig in!

5. Paletas

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Just about any fruit will do. Stuff an ice pop mold, layer in between with “chamoy”, that tasty and tart salsa mix and forget about the 100º heat ‘cause its game on.

6. Mangonadas

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Some things are soooo good looking, you’d have a hard time believing they’re also vegan. Chill a few mango slices, splash a bunch of tart salsas and powders on ‘em, put them in a cup and go.

7. Conchitas

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Originally a Northern Mexico snack, these corn chips will make you pucker up with their acidity. Follow the usual adding salsas and powders and you’re in yummy goodness.

8. Nachos

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Yeah, skip the sour cream and pour on the “pico” and beans and you’ll have a crowd pleaser like no other. Guac is optional and included in the sticker price!

9. Takis

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This Mexican snack took the country by storm and keeps getting better and better with their ever-changing lineup of hotter that hot combinations certain to build up a thirst!

10. Doraditas

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This sweet and crunchy treat would look like it has non-vegan ingredients, but you won’t find them anywhere, so indulge along with almond milk laced coffee and binge-watch that show you love!

11. Soda and Peanuts

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It’s real, people do put peanuts in their pop and then down it in a hurry. Of course, it is vegan, but some folks think it isn’t real. Add some chili powder for an extra punch!

12. Chocolate Abuelita

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Just make it with almond or soy milk, but the minute the temperature falls below 70º is reason enough to shake that legendary Abuelita chocolate tablet and get yourself some great pan dulce.

13. Sabritones

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The ultimate flour chicharron covered in a delicious spicy zesty powder. You’ll eat the whole bag, you’ve been warned.

14. Sorbet with Tajín

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A great refresher, this frozen dessert made with fruit flavored water becomes a marvel once you add some Tajin, chamoy and just about anything to liven it up. Amazing!

15. Cotton Candy

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Always vegan, always sweet, always irresistible, and never with a guilt feeling. Nothing says you’re in the mood for fun like a huge ball of sugar on a stick, party baby!

Read: These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

16. Tostada

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Top it off with refried beans, pico, shredded cabbage, and corn kernels. Skip the queso fresco and sour cream, top it off with some Valentina red sauce and dig in, it’s a delicious mess!

Read : Here are 20 Ways To Order Vegan At Taco Bell

17. Roasted Nuts

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Switch the butter for margarine and rub a whole bunch of pecans, cashews, peanuts, even garbanzo, then broil a few minutes in the oven, toss with salt, pepper, a touch of brown sugar and Tajin, and get a beer (or 3!). It’s well worth it!

Read: It’s Called Pollo Loco For A Reason, But You Can Also Order Vegan Meals

18. Michelada

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Use a Mexican beer first, then add the mixture: a splash of lime juice from a lime previously used to season the rim of the glass and add, of course, Tajin; tomato juice (no clam stuff!), a dash (or eight) of hot sauce, salt and pepper, more Tajin, and a lot of beer!

Read : 21 Reasons Chipotle Is A Vegan Haven

19. Original Salsitas Spicy Salsa Flavored Tortilla Rounds

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These will definitely satisfy your Tostilocos craving, give them a try. Be warned. Once you start it can be hard to stop.

20. Durito

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Smother these in beans, cabbage and a hell lot of salsa. You’ve got yourself a perfect, messy treat. There you have it, a whole bunch of goody treats that are vegan, for whatever reason you might be wanting to have them: whether you’re on a diet or are an animal rights activist. Just enjoy!

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

If You Are Looking For A Vegan Taco Crawl In Los Angeles, We Just Created It For You

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If You Are Looking For A Vegan Taco Crawl In Los Angeles, We Just Created It For You

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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

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