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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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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

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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

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 | 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!

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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