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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

CREDIT: “IMG_5524” Digital Image. Hungry Sofia. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Cella Alyssa. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Bren Herrera. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: “Bricia_Tabasco_Lily_Ro_Photography-3411.jpg” Digital Image. Mole and More. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. VeganaXMexicana. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Woke Foods. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: “Pati Jinich sopes” Digital Image. Pati Jinich. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: “molletes-hueveo_chorizo-queso-pico_de_gallo” Digital Image. Muy Bueno Cookbook. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: “CLB 3 (1 of 1)” Digital Image. Vegan Turned On. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: “IMG_5190.JPG” Digital Image. Cup My Cakez LA. 22 August 2018.

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.

@naturally.jo / Instagram

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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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Peru Delights. 22 August 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Sweet Life Babe. 22 August 2018.

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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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.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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