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Hot Cheetos Lovers Should Check Out These Delicious And Outrageous Recipes Using This Go-To Snack

Hot Cheetos have been the go-to snack for teenagers and young adults since they were released in 1992. These spicy corn based snacks are worth every hot and painful mouthful. How many times have you eaten too many of these delicious snacks that you questioned your very existence? You can thank an entrepreneurial janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California. That’s right. In case you didn’t know the history of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, here’s a crash course.

Richard Montañez was a janitor at the snack factory and realized there was an opportunity to elevate the brand and the flavor profile of some of the most iconic snacks. That’s when he started playing with recipes of spicy chile powders until he landed on the flavor we love today. He was inspired by the iconic and classic snack elote because if it is good on the corn, it is good on corn chips, right? Exactly. After setting up a meeting with execs and getting the snack approved, Montañez is living large. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are Frito-Lay’s highest grossing snack and it is not hard to see why.

As with all things, the fans and consumers of Hot Cheetos have given the snack new and unexpected life. Sure. Many people eat them as they are and really enjoy them on a basic level. However, so many other people have taken the snack and turned them into a culinary treasure. Here are some of the recipes and dishes people have done with Hot Cheetos given their immense popularity.

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Hot Cheetos Sandwich

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People just love some sweet and spicy flavor combos because they are some of the best combos. It really is a flavor palate that cannot be beat. You savor the sweet and nutty flavor while feeling your temples start sweating from the pepper kick from the delicious Cheetos.

Hot Cheetos Covered Corn Dogs

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It seems like a legit partnership. If that kind of spicy flavor is good on corn on the cob, wouldn’t it be good on corn dogs? Thankfully, we have county fairs across the country that are able to give us our wildest food dreams. After all, these places give us deep fried Oreos, Kool-Aid balls and Twinkies. Obviously someone in a fair would be able to come up with Hot Cheetos covered corn dogs.

Tempura Shrimp

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Tempura is one of the best Japanese culinary techniques. Now, many things in Japanese food tend to stay as they are but every now and then, someone gives things a little kick. This tempura shrimp using Hot Cheetos in the batter is worth the bizarre food journey.

Hot Cheetos and Doritos Esquite

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Hot Cheetos dust on full corn cobs is delicious and a classic go-to. However, to save on the mess, you can have it sprinkled on top of esquite. What’s the different between elote and esquite? Literally just the way the corn is presented. Esquite is the same grilled corn but it is cut off the cob and held in a cup and then covered in all the same goodness. Elotes are the full corn on the cob covered in more flavor than most people can handle.

Sushi Burrito

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Sushi is a dish everyone knows. So many people around the world love their bite size pieces of rice, fish, seaweed and veggies. Thanks to the internet and Instagram, it wasn’t long until we saw the sushi burrito. It seems messy to eat but it is a thing that will be around for a while. However, the person who decided to roll the burrito in Hot Cheetos dust needs to be honored for their ingenuity.

Regular Burritos

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Textures are a major part of food. Flavors are important but what makes dishes and foods interesting are the different textures. A crunch in the right place can really help dishes set themselves apart. By adding some Hot Cheetos to a burrito, you are adding texture and some spice. It’s almost like you wouldn’t need any salsa or hot sauce to enjoy this meal. But we all know you’ll add some spice to the burrito before it’s over.

Fried Chicken

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Buffalo chicken thighs and wings is cute but let’s take a moment to consider these Hot Cheetos thighs and wings. Buffalo is able to deliver a serious punch when the chicken is smothered just right. We all know the delicious tang of the Hot Cheetos. Now, just picture that flavor all over your fried chicken. When’s lunch?

Tacos

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Obviously someone would take this flavor palate and put is with tacos. Now, we aren’t talking about adding Hot Cheetos to the tacos, which is something that can definitely happen. We are talking about using crushed Cheetos into the masa to make Hot Cheetos infused tortillas to hold your scrumptious taco goodies. Who’s bringing these to the next family reunion?

Hot Cheetos Ice Cream

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You might be confused, maybe offended, by this treat. However, let’s not forget that people have created fish-flavored and mayonnaise-flavored ice creams. If those outrageous flavors are allowed to exist, then so is this. Low key, who doesn’t want to try this just for the Instagram post? Imagine the comments and reactions the post will get when your mom sees it.

Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is one of the most interesting and versatile dishes you can make. People add all kinds of stuff to the *signature* mac and cheese dishes. Some people love to add butternut squash to add a creamy texture. Why not add some crushed up Hot Cheetos onto your own macaroni and cheese to punch up they flavor? It gives it a better flavor profile and totally shows off your love for spicy food.

Tamales

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Some people have serious issues with their favorite foods getting changed but this is one that is hard to argue against. It is literally the same technique as regular tamales but this time you add ground up Hot Cheetos into the masa. You can make a few of these for the upcoming Friendsgiving and show off your culinary skills. Tbh, any time someone shows up with tamales, everyone immediately considers them way more adult than anyone else at the party. That’s just a fact, okay?

Hot Cheetos Smothered Tater Tots

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Who doesn’t enjoy some nostalgic tater tots after a long, hard day? Fortunately, the internet is giving you some inspiration to create unique and unexpected tater tots for the 21st century. Ketchup and mustard are so 1990s so you might as well give some spicy, cheesy tots a try. After all, you don’t know what you do and don’t like unless you try it. What have you got to lose?

Elote and Hot Cheetos Pizza

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Everywhere in the world uses their own toppings for pizzas and this is no different. There is just something that is so delightful about spicy pizza. The pizza dough, tomato sauce and spicy toppings really do go together like a beautiful food union. Pro tip: you can take any frozen pizza and add the toppings you want to make it something magical. Add more cheese, Hot Cheetos, hot sauce, whatever you want to make it yours.

Elote

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Elotes already call for chile powder. That kind of spice is perfect for this kind of dish but crushed Hot Cheetos really changes things. It is one way to make your elote if you don’t have chile powder, these Cheetos are the perfect substitute in a pinch.

Hot Cheetos Fries

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We all know about carne asada fries. However, for all of you sweet baby vegetarians, use Hot Cheetos to change things up. Instead of using meat, this snack add another layer to the very popular french fries dish. You really can’t go wrong with fried potatoes, cheese, sour cream and Hot Cheetos.

Mozzarella Sticks

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Mozzarella sticks are an after-school staple. It was one of the easiest dishes mom could make to feed us after we would run home to watch cartoons and lay around the house. Now that we are adults, we can make our own mozzarella sticks and instead of bread crumbs, you can use crushed Hot Cheetos. Dip them in sour cream to have a very interesting snack on your hands.

Hot Cheetos Bagel

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Flavored bagels are all the rage and have always been all the rage. The more flavor on a bagel the more intense the experience, especially when you add some flavored cream cheese. Definitely worth a chance if you want to see just how far a basic bagel and cream cheese can go.

Musubi

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Musubi is a wonderful Japanese rice ball snack that can carry all kinds of flavors. The Spam musubi is exceptionally delicious and notable and Hot Cheetos is likely to be even better.

Arepas and Gorditas

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Remember the tacos we showed you earlier? Take that same technique with the tortillas and use them on arepa and gordita dough. If Hot Cheetos tortillas are good for tacos, they would be just as good for arepas and gorditas.

Crepes

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French food isn’t known for being spicy but that doesn’t mean you can’t change that. It seems like Hot Cheetos are so versatile when used in doughs and batters. What a delicious and exceptional idea.


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Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Remember Día de Reyes when everyone cuts the rosca and hopes to god not to get the little niño Jesus? If you grew up Mexican, you probably know that whoever gets the baby Jesus figurine owes everyone tamales. But when is the tamal party? And most importantly—why? Keep reading to find out what El Día de la Candelaria means, what your abuelitas and tías are actually celebrating and how it originated —spoiler alert: it’s colonization.

February 2nd may be Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, and for many Latinos outside of Mexico, there is a completely different celebration on this date.

The religious holiday is known as Día de la Candelaria (or Candlemas in English). And on this day of the year, people get together with family and friends to eat tamales, as a continuation of the festivities of Three Kings’ Day on January 6. 

This is why your abuelita dresses up her niño Jesús in extravagant outfits.

For Día de la Candelaria it’s customary for celebrants to dress up figures of the Christ Child in special outfits and take them to the church to be blessed. Día de la Candelaria is traditionally a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, it is a major fiesta with fairs and parades.

February 2nd is exactly forty days after Christmas and is celebrated by the Catholic church as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin.

Alternatively, this day also counts as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The origin of this religious feast day comes from ancient Jewish tradition. According to Jewish law, a woman was considered unclean for 40 days after giving birth, and it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed. So the idea is that Mary and Joseph would have taken Jesus to the temple to be blessed on February second, forty days after his birth on December 25.

The tradition goes back to around the 11th Century in Europe.

People typically took candles to the church to be blessed as part of the celebration. This tradition was based on the biblical passage of Luke 2:22-39 which recounts how when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, a particularly devout man named Simeon embraced the child and prayed the Canticle of Simeon: “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” The reference to the light inspired the celebration of the blessing of the candles.

In Mexico Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of Three Kings Day on January 6th.

On Día De Reyes, when children receive gifts, families and friends gather together to eat Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines of a baby (representing the Child Jesus) hidden inside. The person (or people) who received the figurines on Three Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice.

This tradition also carries Pre-Hispanic roots.

After the Spanish conquistadors introduced the Catholic religion and masked indigenous traditions with their own, to help spread evangelization, many villagers picked up the tradition of taking their corn to the church in order to get their crops blessed after planting their seeds for the new agricultural cycle that was starting. They did this on February 2, which was the eleventh day of the first month on the Aztec calendar —which coincidentally fell on the same day as the Candelaria celebration. It’s believed that this is why, to this day, the celebratory feast on February 2 is all corn-based —atole and tamales.

This date is special for other reasons too… 

February 2, marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which aligns with the pagan holiday of Imbolc. Since ancient times, this date was thought to be a marker or predictor of the weather to come, which is why it is also celebrated as Groundhog Day in the United States. There was an old English saying that went “if Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.” In many places, this is traditionally seen as the best time to prepare the earth for spring planting.

In Perú the Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno and it is one of the biggest festivals of culture, music, and dancing in the country.

The huge festival brings together the Catholic faith and Andean religion in homage to the Virgin of Candelaria. The Virgin represents fertility and purity. She is the patron saint of the city and is strongly associated with the Andean deity of ‘Pachamama’ (‘mother earth’). It is this common factor of both religions that brings them together for the festival. In 2014, UNESCO declared the festival an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The main dates of ‘Fiesta de la Candelaria’ are February 2nd – 12th.

El Chapo’s Daughter Is Using His Name And Face to Launch A Beer Brand After She Launched A Fashion Line

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El Chapo’s Daughter Is Using His Name And Face to Launch A Beer Brand After She Launched A Fashion Line

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It seems like everybody today is trying to get in on the alcohol business. Whether it’s The Rock with a new tequila brand or Ryan Reynolds buying a gin company, it seems to be all the rage right now that even “El Chapo” is getting his own line of beers. 

Say hello to the “El Chapo 701” brand run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s daughter Alejandrina Guzman Salazar, who also is behind a fashion and lifestyle company built around her jailed father’s brand. The new line of beer, called El Chapo Mexican Lager, was unveiled for the first time to the public on Jan. 14 at a fashion trade show in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

“It hasn’t been released for sale to the public yet. I just brought some to display,” spokeswoman Adriana Ituarte told AFP, as the beer line is currently still waiting on government approval to sell beer in Mexico. The alcohol displayed at the trade showed brown, black and white labeled craft beer bottles with the Sinaloa cartel leader’s infamous mustache face adorned on them. 

Alejandrina Guzman Salazar’s company is banking on the idea that people will want to buy craft beer, labeled and named after her infamous father, at bars and markets in Mexico. 

Beer lovers won’t have to break the bank either when it comes to purchasing the new line of beer which comes in at 70.10 pesos, or about $3.73, for a 355 ml bottle. There is also the name of the brand, “El Chapo 701” which has an interesting meaning behind it. The “701” is a reference to El Chapo’s place on the 2009 list of the world’s richest persons from Forbes magazine (estimated at $1 billion). 

The “El Chapo” beer is expected to have a large fan base due to the notoriety of the imprisoned drug cartel leader and a growing market for collectible celebrity alcoholic beverages like these. The company is hoping that, besides just the name and branding of the beer, fans will actually enjoy the drink and keep coming back to it.

“I don’t know if we take the label off and the beer is good if it’s going to sell,’  Ituarte told the Daily Mail. “But obviously the brand gives the plus of sale, we continue with the idea that we are selling and as long as the product is good, people buy it and like it.”

Ituarte said at the trade show that the product will be sold at bars throughout Mexico that also sell stock craft beer, a market that has flourished in Mexico City in recent years due to the growth of microbreweries. The lager was produced by La Chingonería, a Mexico City-based brewery company. 

“This is an artisanal beer, with 4 percent alcohol. This prototype is a lager, and it’s made up of malt, rice, and honey so it’s good,” Ituarte told Daily Mail. “And the idea is for it to be sold at bars that stock craft beer.”

This is not the first time that “El Chapo” has seen his name being cashed in on by his family. There has been a clothing and accessories line made in tribute of Guzman.

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Salazar’s company has already cashed in on her father’s name with a line of T items such as t-shirts, belts, purses, and jackets all adorned with imagery of Guzman and the 701 logo. The brand has been quite successful in under a year of going public which shows the power of “El Chapo’s” name. 

Salazar isn’t the only one getting in on the drug lord’s name. Last March Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel, launched a fashion and leisurewear line, licensed by her husband. “I’m very excited to start this project, which was based on ideas and concepts that my husband and I had years ago,” Coronel told CNN in a statement at the time of the launch. “It is a project dedicated to our daughters.”

These dedicated “El Chapo” brands show the notoriety and the power of his name when it comes to marketing. If this new beer line is anything like the clothing and accessories already released under his name, there is sure to be a market for this too. 

Guzman is currently serving a life sentence at a supermax prison in Colorado after being convicted on drug trafficking and weapons charges in 2019. El Chapo was forced to forfeit $12.6 billion as part of his punishment.

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