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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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The Dine and Dash of $11 Worth of Chalupas Left One Woman With Almost $500 in Fines and a Felony Conviction

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The Dine and Dash of $11 Worth of Chalupas Left One Woman With Almost $500 in Fines and a Felony Conviction

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With the advent of cuisines like Tex Mex or “Latin-Fusion” cuisines, it can be difficult to find good, authentic Mexican food out in the wild. Especially when so many non-Latinx Americans considers “authentic” Mexican food to be fast-food joints like Taco Bell and Del Taco. It’s practically a universal right for Mexican abuelas to grumble about how disgusting Americanized Mexican food is. And can we blame them? Sure, we love a Crunch Wrap Supreme as much as the next person, but the fast-food twists on Mexican classics give non-Mexicans a warped perception of what true Mexican food actually tastes like. 

And apparently, this problem has become so bad that one particular argument over the authenticity of a certain Mexican food item went all the way up to the Indiana Court of Appeals. The seedy story involves a chalupa, an argument, and an unpaid bill.

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Los Amigos, an Indiana restaurant specializing in “authentic” Mexican food, took a woman named Jennifer Peru to court because she refused to pay for a chalupa that she claimed wasn’t a real chalupa.

On its surface, we can understand why Culver was confused. The chalupas that are sold at Taco Bell are described as  “a fried tortilla shell, in the shape of a small boat, filled with lots of flavorful ingredients”, and Culver may have been used to that version. But according to Los Amigos’s menu, their chalupa is “a flat tortilla with refried beans, topped with cheese and guacamole salad”. To no one’s suprrise, there is quite a stark contrast between the way a fast food joint approaches making Mexican food in comparison to the way a local, mom-and-pop store would make one. 

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The conflict, which happened on February 6, 2018, became a lot dicier after the restaurant’s manager intervened to attempt to alleviate Ms. Culver’s distress. According to court documents, the manager did everything he was supposed to do according to American standards of customer service. He offered to replace the chalupa, he offered to give Culver something different, and he offered to remove the dish and refund her money. Culver refused his offer and continued her meal with her two children (who had ordered a quesadilla and two drinks, in case you were wondering). 

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But things between Culver and Los Amigos took a turn for the worse after Culver finished her chalupa and quietly tried to leave the restaurant without paying her bill.

According to court records, Culver tried to sneak out of the restaurant by walking “briskly” past the cash register with her two children in tow. But the restaurant manager caught up to Culver in the parking lot before she could make her great escape. After being asked to pay her $11.73 bill, Culver responded that she’s “not paying for that [expletive]”. Because the manager wasn’t one to mess around with, he called the cops on the dine-and-dasher and reported her for theft. 

According to the local police, they called Culver five times asking her to pay for her stolen chalupa, and assured her that if she coughed up $12, the restaurant would not pursue legal action. But apparently, Culver was convinced that she was in the right in this situation. As promised, Los Amigos decided to press charges and Culver was convicted for theft. The charge was then elevated to felony theft after the courts discovered she had a prior conviction for the theft on her record. 

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Ultimately, a jury convicted Culver of a level 6 felony theft, resulting in 120 days on electronic monitoring, and 14 months of probation, and fined a cumulative total of $485.

Culver wasn’t happy with this decision, however, and appealed the conviction in the Indiana Court of Appeals. But the Court of Appeals held up the original conviction, unanimously deciding that Culver had, indeed, unlawfully dined and dashed, veritably stealing from Los Amigos. As of now, the saga has ended. It’s safe to say that Culver learned the lesson of not messing with the manager of an authentic Mexican restaurant. 

According to some brief internet research, this isn’t the first time that Los Amigos has resorted to teaming up with law enforcement in order to combat difficult customers. One particularly salty 2019 Google review of Los Amigos claims that the restaurant stated they “were going to call the cops” if a woman attempted to not pay for her meal after she complained of its quality at the cash register. While the woman claimed she had no intention of doing so, she was still annoyed that the matter was on the verge of being escalated so abruptly. Considering this altercation happened a full year after The Chalupa Incident of 2019, it’s no wonder the staff was on edge. If there’s one thing Los Amigos doesn’t stand for, it’s claims that their food is inauthentic. 

An Indigenous Group In Panama Holds The Guinness Record For World’s Largest Patacón

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An Indigenous Group In Panama Holds The Guinness Record For World’s Largest Patacón

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After a coordinated six-month effort, Panama’s Emberá de Ipetí indigenous community broke the Guinness World Record for the largest patacón in the world. How many plátanos does it take to make the worlds largest was that patacón, you ask? Weighing at 245 pounds and measuring over 11 feet in diameter, the World’s Largest Patacón required 1,200 plátanos and 330 gallons of frying oil. The long-anticipated event drew in a sold-out crowd of 700 celebrators who took part in Emberá traditions, dance, and plenty of comida.

“We no longer want to be this statistic of vulnerability,” Emberá de Ipetí’s community leader, Sara Omi, told CNN. “We are rich in knowledge and that’s what we’re demonstrating here today.”

As visitors arrived for “Patacón Day,” they were invited to participate in a hand-washing ritual.

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At the entrance of the events, guests could participate in this Emberá ritual that uses plants to cleanse “malas vibras,” or bad vibes. “The plants we use to wash our hands has a lot to do with our worldview,” Sara Omi said. “For example, if you arrive at your home and bring bad malas vibras, washing your hands will take away those malas vibras. You become more open for everything that comes.” Then, the guests could go ahead and dance and eat with everyone else.

Over 100 volunteers worked to make individual tostones that were spread across an enormous steel mold.

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It takes a lot of labor to peel, chop, fry, grind, knead and finally assemble 1,200 plátanos. Volunteers would fry individual plátanos in this enormous, 330-gallon vat of oil, and bring it to the steel mold for others to assemble. Then, the crowd gathered around to watch the tense moment that volunteers carefully carried 245 pounds of plátanos back to this vat of oil. Then, it was dropped into the oil for its final fry, and lifted out of the vat to become the world’s largest patacón. This wasn’t their first rodeo either. It took six months for the 134 Emberá de Ipetí indigenous volunteers to practice and perfect the enormous feat. 

According to Carlos Tapia, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, there were three requirements to ensure the attempt would be a success. 

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The first was that the patacón remained an intact, single patacón. It could not break once it was removed from the oil. Secondly, there had to be several professionals present. A metrologist could certify that the final weight was at least 220 pounds to break the previous record. There also had to be a cultural expert present to ensure the patacón was true to its roots. A health and hygiene inspector was also present to ensure that the food was prepared in such a way that it didn’t violate any health codes. 

The final requirement to break the record was to make sure none of the food goes to waste.

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We love that, Guinness World Records. That means the pressure isn’t off once the patacón is flawlessly assembled and beats the previous weight record. Then, came the universal tradition: eat as much food as you possibly can, and then have seconds. With a sold-out crowd of folks there to witness history, it goes without saying that the Emberá de Ipetí pulled off the feat. Maybe it was because the record was broken on the auspicious Oct. 14, or World Food Day. While folks were feasting, they could also support the women artisans selling their crafts, entirely inspired and created from the nature surrounding them.

The Patacón has become a symbol of unity and the greatness of indigenous peoples and of Panama.

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“I would like to tell everyone who is here, my perfect Patacón staff, those who have been part of a little piece of patacón and all the people who joined this dream, never forget that, together, we can achieve what we set out to do,” Patacón director, Sabrina Naimark, told the crowd. “We managed to unite as a country, make the Emberá de Ipetí Indigenous community visible, and achieve the Guinness World Record Holder Record so that the world knows how big Panama is and what we are able to do when we put soul, passion, and dedication to an idea. That idea became a reality, creating a true social impact in Panama and the world.”

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