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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 🇸🇻

CREDIT: “beans_and_rice.” Digital Image. Bauman College. 25 May 2018.


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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CREDIT: “The aroma that fills your kitchen while cooking this Cuban rice dish will make you want to pump up the salsa music and grab a mojito!” Digital Image. Skinny Taste. 25 May 2018.


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 🇲🇽

CREDIT: “moros y cristianos | black beans and rice recipe” Digital Image. Mexico in My Kitchen. 25 May 2018.


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 🇵🇷

CREDIT: “Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!” Digital Image. Kitchen Gidget. 25 May 2018.


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 | Nicaragua 🇳🇮

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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 🇭🇳

CREDIT: “Rice and Beans with Coconut Milk (Resanbinsi)” Digital Image. Saveur. 25 May 2018.


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 🇲🇽

CREDIT: “Kitchen and Share © Photographer: http://www.cuidarseesdisfrutar.com.mx/t5/Recetas/Arroz-rojo/idi-p/1462” Digital Image. Cocina y Comparte. 25 May 2018.

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!

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

Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Those who don’t know any better give Mexican food a bad rap for being cheap and greasy. However, the Mexican culinary world expands far past Taco Bell and Taco Cabana. Authentic Mexican food is fresh, bold, delicious and versatile.

In fact, Mexico is responsible for one of the biggest fine dining staples there is.

Mexico is, in fact, the birthplace of the creamy and crisp Caesar salad.

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As the story goes, the Caesar salad was created in Tijuana, Mexico by an Italian restaurateur named Caesar Cardini. It was 1924 when Cardini established his restaurant in the tourist destination to cater to American guests escaping prohibition. While no one really knows the true story, most agree the salad was created over 4th of July holiday weekend.

Supposedly, the dish was completely improvised. Cardini is said to have thrown together several ingredients he had at his disposal and it created the fresh, delicious gourmet salad.

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According to What’s Cooking America, the original recipe used a base of romain lettuce leafs. Additionally, garlic, parmesan cheese, croutons, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce were added.

Rumor has it that it was Cardini’s brother, Alex, that added anchovies in 1926. He named his remix the “Aviator’s Salad.” Still, this anchovy-filled dish was so popular that it became known as the official Caesar salad.

Parts of this story is hard to prove, but it comes with a famous witness to offer some legitimacy to it.

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The famous English chef, Julia Child, shared her first encounter with the iconic salad. In her book, “From Julia Child’s Kitchen,” the chef recounted her experience in a Tijuana restaurant. She wrote:

“My parents, of course, ordered the salad. Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl, and I wish I could say I remembered his every move, but I don’t. They only thing I see again clearly is the eggs. I can see him break 2 eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them. Two eggs in a salad? Two one-minute coddled eggs? And garlic-flavored croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese? It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe.”

It’s popularity in Europe cause people to mistakenly think the Caesar salad is Italian.

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However, the dish is 100% authentically Mexican cuisine. To recognize the delectable salad, in 1953, it was declared “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years” by the International Society of Epicure. We wouldn’t expect anything less from this Mexican classic.

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