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

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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.


READ: The Janitor Who Created Hot Cheetos Is Having His Story Turned Into A Movie

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Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

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Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

READ: Oaxaca Is Mexico’s Cultural Capital And Home To Its Largest Indigenous Communities, Here’s What You Need To Know

PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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So yes, there have been multiple reports of people injuring their hands while trying to cut and remove the pits of avocados. But this should not keep us away from one of the Latin American fruits par excellence. The avocado tree probably has its origin in South Central Mexico. In strict terms, the avocado is a berry with a very large pit in the middle. 

Avocado is one of the great gifts of the Americas to the world, as commercial production has expanded all throughout the world. The tree benefits from war, Mediterranean climates and thrives in semiarid landscapes. In Australia, for example, avocado, locally known as simply “avo” is perhaps the most popular fruit. Avo on toast is a staple in cafes and homes all through the country. 

However, the expansion of avocado has also brought some minor tragedies with it due to the lack of experience that some home cooks have in the arts of fruit chopping.

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Yes, we are actually not kidding: avocado slicing has spilled more blood than a serial killer in a slasher film!

A nicely sliced avocado has got to be one of the most beautiful sights on planet Earth! We understand why people want to get it just right. 

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Seriously. This fleshy fruit gives us beautiful hues of green when opened and its firm meat allows us to shape in in all kinds of interesting ways. Close your eyed and imagine a bowl of perfect avocado cubes… you will smell a fresh tortilla heating on the comal. Taquito de aguacate, anyone?

So first things first: the infamous “Avocado Hand.”

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This seems to be a sort of accidental outbreak of lack of common sense among gringos worldwide (and by gringos we also mean British, Canadian, Australian and European folk). According to Food & Wine, “approximately 8,900 emergency room visits in 2018 could be directly tied to avocados”. That is like a small town of people running around the kitchen like headless chickens holding a paper towel to their hands and screaming “Oh-My-God” while shedding a tear. 

And no, it is not an urban legend, Avocado Hand actually exists.

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So contrary to, say, apples, avocados have a soft skin and soft flesh. And contrary to, say, watermelon, they do not have a hard bit to get through. Some people underestimate how easily the knife will cut through the flesh and end up putting too much pressure on the knife while keeping their palms or fingers directly opposite. The result: blades penetrate through human flesh, savaging skin and painting a symphony of crimson pain. But avocado is soft and cuts easily, and everyone should know that. In Mexico, the government once financed a campaign to promote avocado consumption, and called the fruit “the butter of vegetables”. 

Some people are just displaying their injuries like war wounds to be proud of

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In this day and age of selfies and a sometimes unhealthy obsession with self-branding, some are actually publishing photos of their avocado hands as if they were a badge of honor. Seriously, ladies and dudes, no one wants to see those stitches and gooey stuff coming out of your fingers, especially not on a closeup. Please just don’t! 

And even get tattoos to celebrate the accident.

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Well, we actually have to admit this one is pretty funny and kinda cool. We love the minimalist outline and the dramatic nature of this skin art piece. It is Shakespearean and hipster in equal measures. 

So avocado hand pins are a thing, apparently.

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Do you know how Boy and Girl Scouts wear all sorts of badges on their uniforms to celebrate their achievements? Well, if you had an avocado hand incident and for some reason, you are proud of it, you can wear this pin. Alternatively, you could also wear it as a reminder of your encounter with the cuchillo, so you remember to be very careful when cutting and pitting a delicious avocado. 

Use a spoon, people.

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So here’s the deal. Using a knife to take the seed out might look cool, but it is not for everyone. Do it safely and please use a spoon and just scoop the seed out. You might lose some of the flesh, but that’s OK (better than losing a finger). 

This technique is for expert knife-handlers only, so don’t attempt at home. Frankly, this is a show off technique for mamones.

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Seriously, this technique is a bit silly even for experienced cooks. 

If you are feeling creative, pixelate your avocado.

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One of the newest hipster trends in the cafe industry is to serve pixelated avocados, which basically look like this. Just use an extremely thin and sharp knife, place the avocado on board, get your fingers away from the bottom of the fruit and cut it in cubes, little by little, stopping just before you hit the skin. The results are fun and give us una onda de los ochentas

And some people take their carving obsession to the extreme: introducing avocado art.

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Just wow. This is already an Instagram trend and features some pretty dedicated avocado lovers. The fruit gets all-black quickly after being cut open when exposed to room temperature, so the most experiences avocado carvers perfect their skills in walk-in fridges. Yes, it is pretty, but with all due respect, it is also a little pointless. 

But if you think you just can’t slice an avocado without injuring yourself, you can get one of these contraptions.

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If you have to trust or faith in your abilities, you can buy one of these plastic utensils that cut, slice and pit avocados in a safe, child-friendly way. No blades or pointy ends to be scared of! No one if judging if you get one! This is actually a good tool to get the chamaquitos to help in the kitchen. Guacamole para todos!

But always remember avocados are not to blame.

As they say, don’t shoot the messenger. The humble avocado is just the conduit through which an entire generation of foodies has come to the realization that they suck at handling knives. We also have to be aware of the fact that thousands of farmers and workers depend on avocado crops. In the state of Michoacan, in central Mexico, many families survive working in big avocado plantations. This state has been ravaged by cartel-related violence and the avocado industry is one of the few stable sectors in the industry. So think twice before affecting the industry. 

By the way, the word avocado comes from aguacate, which comes from an indigenous word that means testicles… you are welcome.

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Yes, the English word avocado comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl. This word, you guessed it, means “testicle”. This is probably due to the likeness of the fruit and the male body part. We dare you to eat your next avocado and not think about this. Smashed avocado, compadres? Ouch!

READ: Avocado Hand Is Sending People To The ER In Record Numbers And Abuelas Everywhere Are Left Asking Why