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

Delicious Latino snacks are a part of every one of my childhood memories. There were things I ate and drank that were completely normal to me. As a result, it wasn’t until I went to college and pulled out the Tajín to put on, well, everything that I realized not everyone had the same affinity for tamarind and Tajín as I do. I realized many people had spent their entire lives deprived of the delicious Latino snacks that I’d taken for granted.

The best thing about these delicious snacks is that some are sweet, some are savory and some are most definitely going to have chili and lime but all are going to be uniquely delicious. There are delicious snacks for every craving.

1. Alfajores: Argentina

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Soft, delicate cookies made from cornstarch, Alfajores produce a smooth, satiny texture like no other, creamy dulce de leche fills this tender, crumbly cookie. Roll the edges of the finished cookies in flaked coconut or cover in chocolate for more deliciousness. Alfajores are next level delicious Latino snacks.

2. Yuca Frita: Cuba

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Who needs French fries when we’ve got yuca frita? Just as delicious with half the carbs. Most Colombian restaurants serve yuca frita with salsa rosada or your favorite dipping sauce.

3. Tequeños: Venezuela

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Get ready to say omg. Fried breaded cheese sticks with queso blanco in the middle are tequeños and they are absolutely addictive. They melt in your mouth.

Thanks to their versatility and ability to be eaten for breakfast or served as an appetizer, tequeños qualify as one of the most delicious snacks available.

Tequeños come in various sizes and with a variety of fillings such as bocadillo (guava candy) typical in Venezuela, Colombia and Panamá. In Venezuela, the tequeños are available with chocolate in the middle among other flavors and can be made of plantains or cassava instead of wheat flour.

4. Arepitas con queso: Colombia

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The arepa is a corn cake with a warm cheesy filling popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They were created as a staple of indigenous tribes to the area and the recipe has been passed down through generations. They are incredibly versatile and can be eaten on their own or filled with a number of delicious fillings.

5. Cucumbers with Chile and Lime: Mexico

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Is there any other way to eat cucumbers, aside from with Tajín? I don’t think I ever had a cucumber without chile y limón until I was a grown up. I eat all of my fruits and veggies with chile y limón any chance I get.

6. Pineapple, oranges or watermelon with Tajín: MexicoPineapple, oranges and watermelon with Tajín, delicious latino snacks, Latino snacks, Mexico

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I’m crazy for Tajín, and so are most Mexicans. I grew up putting it on pineapple, watermelon, oranges, cucumbers, mangoes corn and just about anything else you can think of. There is something about the combination of sweet fruit and tangy/sour Tajín that leaves you always wanting more of this delicious Latino snack.

7. Cancha: Peru

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Toasted and salted corn kernels called “canchita” is popular in Peru and Ecuador. Made with a special type of large-kernel corn called maíz chulpe or maíz cancha chulpe, cancha is the perfect snack on the go. The dried kernels are tossed with oil and toasted in a hot skillet until they are browned and puffed. A simple sprinkling of salt and this simple snack is ready to eat. Cancha is served best with ceviche or a cold beer.

8. Tostones: Dominican Republic

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These twice-fried green plantains salted and eaten like potato chips are a very popular snack in the Caribbean. In some regions, it is customary to dip them in mojo (a garlic sauce) or ají, or in Colombia, they are sometimes served with hogao sauce. They are often eaten with a paste-like dip made from black beans in Costa Rica. They are served topped with cheese as an appetizer, or with shrimp ceviche, pulled chicken, or avocado salad in other countries. Any way you eat these delicious snacks they are tasty.

9. Cuchuflíes: Chile

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Chilean “cuchuflíes” are barquillos wafers filled with manjar (dulce de leche). I’ve never had them but I hear that they are out of this world delicious and who doesn’t love dulce de leche?

10. Pupusas: El Salvador

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A traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling like cheese, refried beans, and seasoned pork,. Pupusas typically paired deliciously with curtido and salsa roja. They are meant to be eaten with your hands so have the napkins ready.

11. Cholado de Fruta: Colombia

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Shredded ice with fruit. A cholado is a cross between a frozen dessert, fruit cocktail, and a drink, and derives from El Valle region of Colombia. It is traditionally made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, condensed milk, passion fruit (maracuyá), Colombian blackberry (mora) syrup, and topped with shredded coconut and a maraschino cherry. It’s tangy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and fruity, all in one spoonful. You can make cholados with any type of fruit you like. The possibilities are endless.

12.Dulzura Borincana’s dulce de coco: Puerto Rico

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This snack is as popular stateside as it is in Puerto Rico. The good news is that it’s not so hard to find and taste for yourself. These coconut treats are flavorful, sweet and chewy. You only need to eat a couple of them to feel completely satisfied.

13. Pulparindo: Mexico

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The first time my girls laid eyes on Pulparindo they thought I was crazy. however, one taste and this deliciously scrumptious snack soon became their favorite thing. Made from the pulp of the tamarind fruit and flavored with sugar, salt, and chili peppers, Pulparindo has everything. It’s simultaneously tart, sweet, salty, and spicy.

14. Mangoneada: Mexico

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Mangoneada, Chamango, is a savory, sweet Mexican fruit drink. Chamoy sauce, mangos, lime juice, and chili powder make up the Mangoneada. A tamarind straw completes the drink. It is the Latino snack that will make you pucker your lips in pure bliss.

15. Mallorcas: Puerto Rico

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Mallorcas are Puerto Rican sweet rolls. Puffy, sweet and soft buns found all over the island. Some people use the mallorca as a sandwich roll for grilled ham and cheese. Consequently, at La Bombonera, purists prefer the coiled bun simply sliced in two, buttered and pressed flat between the hot steel plates of a griddle. Dust with a flurry of confectioners’ sugar..

16. Mamoncillo: multiple regions

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This green tropical fruit known as the mamoncillo is virtually unknown outside of the tropics. Small and green with a salmon-colored soft flesh, the mamoncillo fruit resembles a lime at first glance. However, the soft shell of the mamoncillo fruit easily opens.

Bottom line is that they are delicious and one of the most popular fruits in Latin America. They can be eaten alone or with salt and pepper. While some mamoncillos are sweeter than others, most of them are tart or sour tasting. Often in Mexico, lime juice and chile pair well with the more sour tasting mamoncillos.

17. Serenata de Amor: Brazil

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Aka “love serenade” is a Brazilian cashew candy. It’s a tasty treat filled with crunch, chocolate and lots of love! Serenata de Armor, which means “Serenade of Love” in Portuguese, is regarded by many to be the best Brazilian chocolate of all time. These chocolates have a cream and cashew-nut center, surrounded by crunchy wafers and an outer layer of milk chocolate.

18. Vero Mango: Mexico

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If you’re looking for a touch of sweet and spicy, then this is the snack for you. It’s a chili-covered, mango-flavored lollipop. You will notice that a lot of my favorite Latino snacks from Mexico involve chili, lemon or Tajín.

19. Mani Moto: Colombia

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Want the perfect balance between sweet and salty? Then you need a Mani Moto in your life. The crunchy Colombian snack is a nut within a tasty hardshell and highly addictive. You can’t just eat one of these snacks.

20. Tango: Ecuador

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These sinfully, sweet cream-filled cookies are sold in Ecuador and elsewhere in Latin America. Covered in chocolate or white chocolate, Tango makes your taste buds come alive. Plus, how can you beat a snack that is covered in chocolate? Chocolate is rich in antioxidants that help decrease the risk of heart disease.


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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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