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Here Are 18 Latino Food Bloggers Making Your Favorite Dishes A Breeze To Create

We’re not learning recetas like we used to. Sí, our mami’s have taught us how to make lo mejor arroz con frijoles on Earth (never argue that). Some of us stray from the traditional. Some of us need actual measurements to make anything edible (the “poquito’s de eso” just don’t cut it for the culinarily challenged).

Our generation is being taught by bloggers and por la comida, it’s no different. We’ve rounded up our favorite bloggers who make simple traditional cooking easy (read: LOTS of pictures), or add a vegan or gluten-free twist on our old favorites. Bookmark this page for easy referencing.

Pan de Muerto by Hungry Sofia

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Blink and it’s about to be November. Make your bones and eat them, too, with the elusive pan de muerto recipe laid out in plain English. You won’t need three months to learn how to make it. Have fun with it.

Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido by A Cozy Kitchen

CREDIT: “Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido” Digital Image. A Cozy Kitchen. 22 August 2018.

Peruvian-Colombiana Adrianna created Cozy Kitchen to share her take on traditional classics. Her goal? Make your food Instagramable and edible. I’m sold. Look at how delicious this acorn squash looks.

Pozole with Red Chile and Pork by Cella Alyssa

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Cella is a Los Angeles based obsessive foodie, and she writes about food like it’s an art form. Truly, her blog is, if nothing else, a beautiful read as she’s able to capture the humanness of creating food and the culture that surrounds it.

I mean, if you’re reading this, you already know that it’s more than just the food that draws us into the kitchen. It’s part of our identity.

Vegan Chiles Rellenos by Dora’s Table

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Dora’s Table is all plant-based and all traditional. That means you can cook your Mexicana mami a traditional meal without her guessing it’s vegan because Dora has already figured it all out. Gracias, Dora!

5. Rumba Hind Beef Shanks a Lo Cubano by Bren Herrera

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Bren Herrera is an Afro-Cubana who has found a way to make traditional cuisine the norm in her American house. When she writes about the food she makes, it’s filled with the flavor of her own family’s traditions, especially around the holidays. Plus, she makes the recipe easy for you to follow.

Chorizo Quiche Breakfast Muffins by Mole and More

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Bricia Lopez fuses Oaxacan tradition with American life like no other. Just listen to her take on these chorizo quiches:

“Brunch made me feel American, it allowed that little girl from Oaxaca like to feel welcomed in this country.  Food has the power to do that, doesn’t it?  It brings people and communities together.”

Lopez is bringing me straight to these quiche muffins like no other.

Heart of Palm Ceviche by Mexican Made Meatless

CREDIT: “Heart of Palm Ceviche | Ceviche de Palmitos #vegan #raw #ecuadorianfood #mexicanfood“ Digital Image. Mexican Made Meatless. 21 August 2018.

Psh, you know Latinos have the meatless game on lock these days and it’s because it’s a way to decolonize our culture. With Latinos and African Americans at increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and other leading causes of death in the United States, we found a solution to being locked in food deserts: veganism.

Mexican Made Meatless doesn’t add a bunch of processed vegan protein. She keeps it simple, since most Mexican food is already naturally vegan.

Easy Picadillo with Potatoes by La Cocina de Leslie

CREDIT: “Easy Picadillo with Potatoes recipe – lacocinadeleslie.com” Digital Image. La Cocina de Leslie. 22 August 2018.

Alright, this is the opposite of vegan, but is the perfect example of how Leslie food blogs. Esa Mexicana was born and raised in California until she moved to Guadalajara when she was 17 years old and hasn’t left for decades. She makes traditional Mexican food, but she makes it fast to keep up with her busy lifestyle (read: she makes it easy).

Some other recetas include: Tortilla Wrapped Hot Dogs, Pizzadillas, Grilled Nopales con Queso, and Piña Colada Arroz con Leche.

Vegan Tostadas De Tinga With Tofu Queso Fresco by Vegana x Mexicana

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Vegana x Mexicana is one of the more famous vegana bloggers, and she’s worth noticing because she gave us vegan queso fresco. We basically worship the ground she walks on for letting us reap the rewards of her trial and error cooking.

On top of Mexican favorites, she also will create recipes for Chikn Pasta Salad, Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Boats and of course, Caldo de “Res” Vegano.

Woke Sancocho by Woke Foods

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A couple years ago, Ysanet Batista decided to quit her non-profit job and dive deep into food justice. Woke Foods now employs four women of color who cater for NGO’s, social justice conferences and put on free cooking classes for Washington Heights residents.

Ysanet Batista is a queer Afro-Domincana raised between the DR and Hialeah and she deserves all our support.

Sopes by Pati Jinich

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Pati Jinich is born and raised in Mexico and her obsession for Mexican food catapulting her into a self-made national public TV series called “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Also, no biggie, but she has a degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, so she has brilliant things to say. Check it out.

Molletes de Huevo con Chorizo y Aguacate by Muy Bueno

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Tejana Yvette is an Emmy winning producer and writer and wrote her first cookbook with her own mami. Her blog is a collection of photos of food and photos of su abuelita cooking in the kitchen. she shares her childhood memories of eating molletes for breakfast and how her mother was the “Leftover Queen”.

Beware: her very cute kids eating heart shaped empanadas will get your baby fever fired up.

Té de Bugambilia by The Other Side of the Tortilla

CREDIT: “How to make Mexican té de bugambilia (bougainvillea tea), via theothersideofthetortilla.com” Digital Image. The Other Side of the Tortilla. 22 August 2018.

Let’s move onto dessert shall we? But first, a blog that also captures homeopathic Mexican cures for flu season, dehydration, cough and sore throat. Just grab a handful of clean flowers from the bougainvillea vine, juice of two limes and honey. You’re cured.

Coconut Lime Bars by Vegan Turned On

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This is for you college students who don’t have time to become a chef, but do have access to graham crackers and condensed coconut milk and limes. It’s a layering game, and Vegan Turned On gives you step by step instructions to impress your friends with just a few ingredients, cada vez.

Cup My Cakez LA

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OK, so Cup My Cakez isn’t giving out her recipes but she’s dishing all the inspiration you could need to make a themed cake. If you live near LA, you can even give this Latina the business she deserves. I’m faking a birthday pretty soon for this occasion. You can, too.

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17 year old “Jo”, as we know him, is always giving out tips and tricks on how he makes his famous, galactic smoothie bowls, but it’s not all in one blog. You have to follow him on Instagram to get it all.

Sugar-Free Besos de Moza by Peru Delights

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Like most Latin-American candy, it’s a big fat ball of sugar. If you’re like many Latinos and are Diabetes-friendly, this recipe will make you more unfriendly to Diabetes. Peru Delights is tradition based in present day reality, gracias a Dios.

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecakes with Candied Lime by Sweet Life Bake

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Last but not least, the sweetest fusion of drinks and dessert with none of the sugar. This recipes uses Truvia sugar replacer but there’s no replacing the Cointreau and tequila. That’s a vision of health right there. Dale.


READ: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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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.

READ: California Man Is Using His Culture To Create Hilarious And Super Relevant Mexican Greet Cards