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20 Different Versions Of Arroz Con Frijoles You’ll Find In Latin America

While most Latin American countries have overthrown our colonizing nations of Spain and Portugal we decided to keep the imported long-grain rice and make it better.

Rice and beans is so integral to our culture these days, it gets personal when an argument ensues between someone who thinks their country’s Arroz Con Frijoles are better than yours.

1. Casamiento | El Salvador

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Literally meaning a marriage of two, the Salvis know how to make every meal a celebration. You can make this “crispy” or “soft” depending on how much black bean broth you add to the dish.

2. Arroz Congri | Cuba

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Every Cuban (and Puerto Rican) knows to never drain the Goya can of black beans. That liquid is gold. You use 1 cup rice, dump that can in the pot, and use the can as a measuring cup to make sure you get all the flavor to add another can of water.

3. Feijoada | Brazil

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This is more like a black bean stew and of course there are chunks of ham all up in this. It’s Brazileano.

4. Platillo Moros y Cristianos | Mexico

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Inspired by a Cuban influence, you serve this Mexican dish with pork chops and plantains, no question. The uniquely Mexicano part of this dish is that you cook it with a dash of oregano. Rico!

P.S.- Does “The Christians and the Moors” namesake trigger post-colonial grief or what?

5. Habichuelas Guisadas | Puerto Rico

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I’m biased, but there is nothing better than this sofrito based dish. You use red or kidney beans and the potatoes soak up all the flavor. Puerto Ricans know that green olives are meant to be simmered in with this, and all served up with tostones.

6. Arroz con gandules | Puerto Rico

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We killin’ it, what can I say. Arroz con gandules is traditionally cooked with sofrito, pigeon peas, rice and pulled pork all in the same pot. All the flavors mix together and it’s the ultimate comfort food.

7. Moro de Habichuelas | Dominican Republic

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Similar to the boricua version, in that Dominicanos know to add those green olives. This dish is known for it’s subtle thyme flavor as well! #pinkiesout

8. Gallo Pinto | Costa Rica

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Meaning “Spotted Rooster”, the dish is said to look like the wing of a spotted rooster. Gallo pinto is traditionally served as breakfast with scrambled or fried eggs.

9. Calentado Paisa | Colombia

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I love Colombians for serving this on arepas con huevos. Traditionally, it’s made with leftover beans and rice and is all cooked together with a cup of fresh tomatoes.

10. Tacu Tacu | Peru

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Latinos know how to make the most of leftover rice and beans. Puruvians, specifically, turn it into a masterpiece. Traditionally using rice and canary beans, it’s formed into a large patty and fried on the skillet.

11. Rice and Beans | North Coast Honduras

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Typically prepared with coconut milk, this take is creamy AF. Add some coriander and chicharrones and you’ve got a Honduran staple.

12. Pabellón Criollo | Venezuela

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In Venezuela, you keep the rice and beans separate, and enjoy the mezcla of a rich black bean stew with platains, shredded pork and rice as the flavors meet for the first time. I’m hungry.

13. Cuban Rice and Beans

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If you go to any Cuban restaurant in Miami, they will serve you rice and beans like this. It’ll be soft white rice with a Cuban black bean stew that’s been refried and flavor seeping all through every other meat and tostone on your plate.

14. Arroz Mamposteao | Puerto Rico

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What’s different about this recipe is that you cook the rice first. Then you cook up your bacon or pancetta, add onions and peppers, and Sazón, Adobo, cumin, sofrito and beans. You add the rice at the end and the whole thing ends up being this creamy, soft rice dish.

15. Frijoles Negros | Caribbean Countries

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Then of course, there’s the option to cook the rice and beans separately. Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto rico, and Mexico are known for making this with ham hocks, onions and garlic, cumin, oregano and sometimes tomatoes. These next few are different variations of rice and beans that can be combined.

16. Frijoles Charros | Mexico

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“Cowboy beans,” frijoles charros are pinto beans simmered in tomato sauce with bacon and chile. The dish is named after the actual Mexican charros who cooked their frijoles a la charra over an open fire while on the range. Try this with arroz amarillo and try not to cry.

17. Fríjoles Colombianos | Colombia

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Colombianos rightfully cannot have their beans without a diced green (or ripe) plantain in the dish. Some versions also include pig’s feet, but every version uses red cargamanto beans, potatoes and garlic. Traditionally served with white rice, but you can use brown rice if you tryna be healthy.

18. Yellow Rice | Caribbean Countries

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If you’re my mom, you just use Goya’s Arroz Amarillo boxed rice, but you can also tint your rice with Badia’s Annatto Achiote oil if you protest Spanish saffron.

19. Arroz con Huevo Frito | Caribbean Countries

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OK, not traditionally served with beans but such a childhood cult classic. We were always stoked when my non-Latino dad went out of town because it meant my mom would fry up leftover rice and top it with a runny fried egg. There are many ways to dye rice yellow.

20. Spanish Rice | Mexico

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Last, but not least, is the Mexican take on Spanish Rice. You have to blend up a tomato, garlic and onion with chicken broth to form a tomato puree. After frying raw rice, you add the puree and chopped carrots, peas and zuchinni and cook for 20 minutes. Disfrute!

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.