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Make A Splash At Friendsgiving This Year With These Easy-To-Make Latino Dishes

Many of us will not be going home for Thanksgiving this year for a number of reasons. Maybe you just started a new job and can’t get the time off. It might just be too expensive to make the trip. Whatever reason keeps you from going home, there is still hope and it comes in the form of Friendsgiving. The holiday really boils down to food, friends and fun conversations as we get ready for the end of the year.

This year, we’ve come up with ways that you can be the most celebrated human at Friendsgiving. It’ll just take a little preparation and cooking but you will not be taking Takis again this year.

One of the easiest ways to score big is to bring some coquito.

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You might be thinking that this is really a Christmas drink and you wouldn’t technically be wrong. However, why keep this delicious Puerto Rican eggnog limited to just one month and one holiday? It is not as heavy as American eggnog and will make everyone at the party all the merrier.

Arroz is going to be the staple everyone forgets about.

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Rice is as important to a large dinner as the cutlery. Plus, it isn’t something most people outside of Latino culture think about when they think about Thanksgiving. It will be as unexpected and well received as you might imagine.

Cuban beans made proper.

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All beans are good and created deliciously, but there’s just something about Cuban beans. The time, love, dedication and spices needed to get this dish just right is something to be admired. You’ll definitely stand out if you show up with this scrumptious dish.

Picadillo is the crown jewel.

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If someone is already bringing rice to Friendsgiving, this is a good bet. Bring the flavor and the meat to top that rice with. If you really want to be impressive, make a vegan take on the dish and surprise all of the vegetarians who never get remembered on this day.

Pupusas in lieu of utensils.

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Pupusas are meant to be eaten with your hands so make sure someone brings some napkins. You can use the curtido and salsa for the pupusa. Just don’t get offended if some people use it to eat their rice and beans.

Tostones are always a crowd pleaser.

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These savory fried bites of heaven are so simple and so loved by everyone who eats them they you have to consider bringing them. The best part is that the dip you make for it is just a chopped yellow onion in olive oil. It’s just that easy.

Be the person that brings the green.

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Speaking of health, salads can be a nice and unexpected addition to any Thanksgiving. If you’re here for the pressure of bringing a bomb salad that people will love, try this vegan Caesar salad by @vegancuts. Trust, you’ll be appreciated.

Taquitos in bulk because that’s how we do.

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If your Friendsgiving is happening the weekend after family Thanksgiving, use the leftover sweet potatoes (and everything else) to stuff in these babies. They will definitely do the trick.

Stuffed Canoas are the easiest, cheapest option for excited consumption.

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I mean, it really doesn’t get easier. Ask your mami to make you some picadillo and then stuff a bunch of platanos and roast in the oven.

Just a couple gallons of queso.

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There is never a wrong time, or way, to eat cheese. It’s Friendsgiving so you should expect to eat way too much and enjoy a confusing array of food. Adding a little bit of queso dip to the plate will make it all so much better.

Or you can make some homemade salsa picante.

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This is a more intensive endeavor if you make it right, but you’re reading this to become the MVP, pues, dale. Put in the work and be glorified until the next Friendsgiving.

If you’re displaced from home, bring the taste of home with pan de bono.

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It’s the pan that I only ever eat when I’m home in Miami, but if a friend brought these fresh baked I’d kiss them on the mouth. So, beware.

Give these delectable croquetas a chance to shine.

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Panadería? What panadería? Croquetas are pretty easy to make, believe it or not. There are so many variations that you can find online to make sure you make the best version for your friends.

Guava pastelitos will crush the competition.

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I know about a thousand ways to make these the lazy way, with straight up Pilsbury pastry dough and guava paste, but if you have more time and resources you can try making the dough from scratch.

Churros con chocolate or café.

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Pack your Café Bustelo and whip up some churros to be the main star post dinner. There isn’t a Latino alive who doesn’t have a little cafecito after a feast to keep the party going.

Stuff that cornbread.

“Mexican Cornbread” Digital Image. Southern Bite. 12 November 2018.

We’re not making weak cornbread from a box okay? But you are getting a can of creamed corn and self rising corn flour. We’re not that domestic okay. Combine with a couple eggs and your favorite meats, cheese, chives and onion. Bake in a cast iron and reheat at the party. This is truly a show stopper.

Yucca is a must for any kind of pot luck gathering.

“Yucca puree” Digital Image. PETA Latino. 11 November 2018.

You can use them to make all sorts of dishes. Puree them to make them look like a better version of mashed potatoes. It is a root so you can treat them like any other root veggie.

Or make some unforgettable Yucca fries.

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Only you know your audience. Maybe fried food is not appropriate for your friends or it might be the thing they need most. Use these yuccas as needed. Easy and beloved.

Dessert must: arroz con leche.

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Use any milk you choose to make this dish. If you have some lactose intolerant amigos joining the party, you might want to skip the regular milk and use any of the many alternatives to make this dish everything for everyone.

And, of course, flan.

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The bottom line is that whoever goes home with an empty plate is the winner. We hope this helps you be that person.


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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

I can literally talk food until my babas drip. Don’t judge. The comelón life chose me and I’m not mad at it. Because growing up Latino meant breakfast wasn’t always cereal, and dinner wasn’t always mac and cheese. I grew up con más sabor en mis platillos than most Americans. And, at the time, I didn’t even realize that many of the foods my family was trying to get me to eat were ancestral foods. From chocolate to cocoa and chia to nopalitos, I blame los ancestros for my obsession with food and all the glorious ingredients that have been passed down for generations.

My knees already feel weak, fam, because today I’m gonna be talking nopalitos. Ya me estoy chupando los dedos, thinking back to how I grew up with these babies always in the refri in that Nopalitos jar, ready to be thrown into a sauce or encima de una carne asada. It turns out this soul-feeding food is one of the OG ancestral foods that have been used by our people for thousands of years. Ahí les va un poco de historia:

The Mexica introduced the world to the “fruit of the Earth.”

In Náhuatl, the word for nopal translates to “fruit of the Earth.” I don’t know what the Náhuatl word for “bomb-delicioso” is, but in my opinion, that should also be the name for nopales. And the Aztecs must have felt this way too because one of the most famous cities in the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlán, the empire’s religious center – was named “prickly pear on a rock.” Iconic.

According to legend, the city was built after an Azteca priest spotted an eagle perched on a nopal plant, carrying a snake in its mouth. The priest, obviously extremadamente blown away by this, ran back to his village just so he could gather everyone to check out this crazy eagle with a snake in its mouth. As they watched, the cactus beneath the eagle grew into an island – eventually becoming Tenochtitlán. I’ll give you 3 seconds to just process that. 1…2…3. Please take more time if you need it. The image of the eagle carrying a snake, its golden talons perched on a nopal growing from a rock, can now be found on the Mexican flag.

Today, we know that the Mexica were right to call nopales the plant of life.

In Mexico, it’s still common to place a handful of nopal flowers in a bath to help relax achy muscles. And nopales are becoming more popular than ever in beauty treatments to help fight aging. But, y’all are too beautiful to be needing them for that, so let’s talk about what’s important — eating them.

There are so many ways you can mix this iconic ingredient into your meals.

We should all be eating our green foods. Your tía, your abuela, your primo, everyone…except your ex. Your ex can eat basura. I said what I said. But, nopalitos are especially important. These tenacious desert plants can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled, grilled – they’re even used as pizza toppings. Though for some people, nopales – with their spines and texture – can be intimidating. After cutting off the spines and edges, and cutting them into slices, they will bleed a clear slime. But boiling for 20 minutes will take care of that. Or make it even easier on yourself and avoid espinas by buying them all ready-to-go from the brand we all know and love, DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos.

Check it out, I’m even gonna hook it up with that good-good, because if you’re looking for ways to enjoy your nopales, I got’chu with some starter links to recipes: Hibiscus and Nopal Tacos, Nopal Tostadas, Roasted Nopales con Mole, and Lentil Soup con Nopales.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat them is in a beautiful Cactus Salad, full of color and flavor. Trust. I rate these dishes 10 out of 10, guaranteed to make your babas drip, and when you eat this ensalada de nopalitos, you will remember even your ancestors were dripping babas over this waaay before it was cool to eat plant-based foods.

So let’s give the poderoso nopal the spotlight it deserves by adding it to our shopping lists more often.

Rich in history, mythology, and practical uses, the nopal’s enduring popularity is a testament to its versatility. It’s time to give this classic ingredient the respect it deserves and recognize just how chingon our ancestors are for making nopales fire before plantbase foods were even trending.

Next time you’re at the supermercado, do your ancestors proud and add nopales to your shopping cart by picking up a jar of DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos. This easy-to-use food will definitely give you a major boost of pride in your roots. Viva los nopalitos bay-beh!

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

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casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

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Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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