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Why Is Disneyland Doing A BIG Push On Latino Foods?

Most would think the most magical part about Disneyland are the beautiful fireworks and thrilling rides, but if you’re a big foodie then you’d agree that the most magical part about this theme park is actually the food and drinks.

Among these Disney dishes and drinks, you can find micheladas, pozole, avocado margaritas, Dole whip and more. Speaking of Dole whip, if you really love that stuff, check out this new mitú pin dedicated to the greatest treat created by man. Check out the yummy list below if you (and your appetite) want to be prepared for your next Disney visit.

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1. Michelada

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If you don’t already know what a Michelada is, it’s a cold beverage that include beer, tomato juice, lemon, tajin and sometimes other ingredients based on your preference. These refreshing beverages are sold right next to the Monsters Inc. ride at Disneyland California Adventure. They’re perfect on hot summer days and are said to help cure hangovers (in case you’ve had a little too much to drink the night before your Disney trip).

2. Esquite (corn cup)

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If you love the corn on the cob that Eloteros sell, then you’ll for sure enjoy these snack-size esquites. The cup comes with a mix of corn, cheese, lemon, mayonnaise and powdered chile.

3. Deep Fried Corn

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This corn is also similar to the type of corn that Eloteros sell, except that this one is deep fried. Also, the corn is topped with Disney’s signature lime cilantro sauce.

4. Mangoneada

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This fruity dessert is the perfect treat on a hot day. It includes diced mangos, topped with chamoy and tajín.

5. Chocolate Churro with Mexican Chocolate Sauce

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This treat is for all of the chocolate lovers. Not only is the churro itself chocolate-flavored, it also comes with a Mexican hot chocolate sauce. De-li-cious.

6. Strawberry Flavored Churro

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This strawberry-flavored churro, also known as the rose gold churro, is amongst the other churros Disneyland offers.

However, if you don’t like chocolate or strawberry, you can also choose from pumpkin spice, cinnamon sugar, apple cinnamon, salted caramel or piña colada.

7. Mango Paleta with Chamoy and Tajín

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This treat is very similar to the mangoneada, except that it comes in the form of a popsicle. The mango-flavored paleta is topped with a drizzle of chamoy and layers of tajín.

8. Tres Leches Parfait

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This dessert was inspired by Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” The tres leches parfait includes layers of vanilla cake, caramel cream and dark rum. So if you have a major sweet tooth, this dessert will definitely do the trick.

9. Caramel Flan

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This caramel-flavored dessert has a similar texture to jello, but is far more creamier and sweeter. During Halloween, this dessert is sold with an orange and pumpkin flavor.

10. Watermelon Lemonade with Tajín

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This refreshing beverage gives you the perfect balance of sweet and salty. When you drink it, it almost tastes as if you were eating sliced watermelon pieces topped with tajín. 

11. Avocado Margarita

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Calling all avocado and tequila lovers! Now you can have both in this ice-cold avocado margarita.

12. Pozole

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Of course there’s no other pozole better than your family’s home-made posole, but if you’re ever at Disneyland during the winter, you might want to try this out.

13. Coctel de Camaron

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If you love seafood, then this little Disney appetizer is made for you. The coctel de camaron is served cold and is topped with a mini crab leg and lemon.

14. Sopes

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These sopes are only available at Disneyland during the winter season. As pictured in the image above, the plate comes with a side of rice and tortilla chips.

15. Carne Asada and Enchiladas

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You can find this delicious dish in Frontierland, Disneyland, located between Thunder Mountain and the Shooting Gallery. The plate comes with dices of carne asada, cheese enchiladas and warm tortillas on the side.

16. Tacos de Barbacoa

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These barbacoa tacos are wrapped in green tortillas and topped with onion slaw, purple cabbage, pickled onions and habanero sauce. You can find these yummy tacos at Knowhere Eats in Disneyland.

17. Taco Cone

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The taco cone is similar to a soft tortilla taco, except that it is wrapped in cone-shaped bread. Inside the bread is refried beans, chicken, molcajete salsa, cotija cheese and lettuce. You can find this taco cone at The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disneyland.

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18. Nacho Fries

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If you’ve had carne asada fries, then you’ll be familiar with this dish. At Disneyland they offer these nacho fries with carne asada, chicken or carnitas.

19. Burritos

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If you arrive to Disneyland starving, then this burrito plate is what you should order. The dish comes with a side of rice and beans, and is certain to fill you up.

20. Wet Breakfast Burritos

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This burrito is perfect for all of the Disneyland early birds. The breakfast burrito comes with scrambled eggs, chorizo, potatoes, tomatillo sauce and sour cream. You can find it at the Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land.

So, what’s your ultimate favorite Disney dish? 


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13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

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13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

This year don’t bring some basic bland food to Thanksgiving. Bring something that will surprise your jefitos, impress your primos, nourish your vegan/vegetarian friends, and showcase your Latinidad. Forget boring mashed potatoes, over-salted, cream-sauced vegetables, store-bought pie, or being afraid of vegan/vegetarian dishes.

You’re an adult now, this is your chance to show your love through home-made food like your family has done all these years.

1. Tamales de Green Chile y Queso

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There’s nothing more festive than tamales over the holidays, and you don’t have to wait until Christmas. Prepare a dozen or so of these for yourself and anyone else who’d rather fill up on hearty Mexican food than dry turkey. This recipe is vegetarian if you make your own masa as instructed, but if you don’t care if they are fully vegetarian, or you just don’t have much time, you could buy prepared masa con manteca from any Latin American food market. Some of us never make our own masa!

2. Brussels Sprouts with Mexican Chorizo

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If you want to bring something a bit more traditional, or you’ve been asked to bring a vegetable side dish, try these Brussels sprouts. Don’t be afraid that people don’t like Brussels sprouts, cooked this way in the fat from the cooked chorizo, they are sure to impress. The red Mexican chorizo will turn the light part parts of the sprouts red, resulting in a festive, and Mexican flag-colored, green and reddish.

3. Sqirl’s Brussels Sprouts

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Or maybe you’d rather put chicharron powder on your Brussels. Cooked in butter, sherry vinegar, and fleur de sal. Sqirl LA’s food is so good people from all over the country, often come straight from the airport to eat there. It happens so often that the restaurant will happily store your luggage in their stock room. Bring this Latin-flavored recipe to Thanksgiving and show your friends what all the fuss is about.

4.  Tropical Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

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Many think that this Thanksgiving staple shouldn’t be messed with, but I can assure you that American Indians and English settlers didn’t eat cranberry sauce out of the can. That said, why not try something different and add some chipotle and pineapple to some fresh cranberries for sweet, sour, and spicy version.

5. Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

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Thanks to all the Latino’s in the US, chorizo is making a strong showing in Thanksgiving dishes. If you’ve been asked to bring stuffing not cooked in the bird, make this savory cornbread chorizo stuffing. This recipe also calls for cumin, oregano, and cilantro to help round out the Latin flavors.

6. Abuelo’s Papas Con Chile or Mexican Mashed Potatoes

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These mashed potatoes use Velveeta, but people all over the internet swear by this recipe. If you were asked to bring the papas try this dish. Tell us how it went.

7. Empanadas de Camote

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This recipe combines sweet potato, bacon, and queso fresco. Hearty and filled filled with protein and iron, these empanadas are a lighter alternative to bringing masa heavy tamales. With pretty folded edges, these empanadas will look pretty on any Thanksgiving table.

8. Pan Amasado or Chilean Bread Rolls

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So you’ve been asked to bring some rolls, but you don’t want to just go to Safeway and grab whatever they have, why not make Pan Amasado? The recipe, only calls for nine every-day ingredients, including shortening, egg, and butter. Sabroso!

9. Blistered Peppers with Lime

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Blistered Padrón or shishito peppers topped with spicy sea salt are common now on menus in upscale restaurants all around the country. They are super easy to make too. Bring this to Thanksgiving at your adventurous family/friend eaters, as in the same batch, one pepper can be quite mild and the next one quite hot.

10. Puerto Rican Mofongo

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If you’re looking to bring a taste of the island to Thanksgiving make this traditional style mofongo. Made of plantains, garlic, and pork rinds, this dish is an adaptation of a West African slave dish by Taino Indians made with ingredients available on the island. A similar dish is made by Dominicans.

11. Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

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If you’re a vegan attending a non-vegan Thanksgiving, make yourself these hearty tamales. This recipe will show you how to make both the vegan masa (made with coconut oil instead of lard) and the adobo potato filling. The recipe also calls for garlic, oregano, clove, cinnamon, and cumin. Tamales without masa are lower in calories and saturated fat.

12. Vegan Chile Rellenos

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Okay, so many of the vegan recipes here are from the same person, Dora of Dora’s Table. This mujer, Dora, who was born and raised in México and to culinary school in New York, works extra hard to create vegan versions of traditional Mexican dishes, using traditional Mexican ingredients. Her Vegan Chile Rellenos use poblano chiles and vegan cheese. On her website, Dora warns that this recipe isn’t what she’d call healthy.

13. Empanadas de Argentina

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If you’re looking to bring the taste of South America to Thanksgiving dinner, make these Argentinian Tamales. They are made with ground beef, bell pepper, and Latin-flavor spices. You’ll save time on the dough too because it’s made with store-bought puff pastry flour.

Sure, Pumpkin Pie Is Great, But Here Are 12 Latino Desserts That Are Even Better For Thanksgiving

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Sure, Pumpkin Pie Is Great, But Here Are 12 Latino Desserts That Are Even Better For Thanksgiving

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We Rounded Up Our Favorite Latino Desserts That You Should Have At Every Thanksgiving Dinner

12 Cold Weather Comfort Desserts Every Latino Should Make For Thanksgiving

From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole—12 Latino Desserts That Are Perfect For Thanksgiving

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with a good old pumpkin pie, but if you’re lucky enough to attend a Latino Thanksgiving, boy oh boy, you’re in for a treat. Latinos don’t settle for just one dessert option, we have plenty to choose from and you best believe a few tías will bring different ones. From pastel de tres leches to churros and all the drinks that go with them, there are some wonderful treats in store. Yes, more often than not, a good cafecito will pair up perfectly with your postre, but how about a Mexican ponche? Or a Guatemalan Atol? We rounded up our fave cold-weather desserts that every Latino should whip up for Thanksgiving.

1. Alfajores

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These soft, delicate and buttery cookies are held together by the addicting caramel sauce, an elixir of the gods; dulce de leche. This option goes perfectly with a good old cafecito and chisme. That sobremesa is sure to get lit with all that sugar pumping up the tías and abuelitas. 

2. Arroz con leche

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A foolproof winter classic. Arroz con leche is the ultimate Latino comfort dessert any time of year tbh. Try it calientito with a good amount of cinnamon and raisins. Provecho!

3. Buñuelos —Colombianos and Mexicanos

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The Colombian iteration isn’t quite a sweet treat as it’s filled with cheese, but the addition of brown sugar, butter and tapioca make it a dessert in our book. As for the Mexican version, they’re usually made during the winter holidays. Mexican Buñuelos are made of fried dough, covered in cinnamon sugar and if you’re not about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, idk what to tell you, there’s something wrong going on.  

4. Chocoflan

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Also known in Mexico as ‘Impossible Cake’, this delicious mass of goodness combines two great things into one god-sent hybrid. If you love flan, but would also like to have a slice of chocolate cake, Latina moms everywhere say; “¿Por qué no los dos?” The rich dense chocolate, topped with creamy vanilla flan, drizzled with a thick layer of cajeta is, quite literally, what dessert dreams are made of. 

5. Churros

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There’s something so satisfying when biting into a warm, doughy, crunchy and sugary churro. You can find these delicious treats all over Latin America, and they’re particularly yummy when paired with a cup of hot chocolate! Extra points if you stuff them with cajeta or chocolate. 

6. Flan

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Almost every Latin American household will have its own version of flan. From Puerto Rico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between, Latinos love flan. The creamy vanilla-flavored concoction is basically irresistible. 

7. Natilla Colombiana

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This Colombian custard dessert is very traditional during Christmas, but we like to think that it’s also good at any time of the year. Natilla is a rich, custard-like dessert traditionally served alongside the deep-fried cheese buñuelos we told you about earlier. You’ll definitely have to forget about la dieta if you want to have this option. 

8. Suspiro de Limeña

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Its name literally translates to “Sigh of the lady from Lima.” This Peruvian dessert is definitely sigh-inducing. The creamy, caramel-like custard, topped with a Port flavored meringue is an extra sweet treat for this cold season. The dessert originated in the city of Lima, and it is said that it gained its name after a poet said it tasted soft and sweet, like the sigh of a woman.

9. Pastel de Tres leches 

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This quintessentially Latino cake is made with three types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. This is definitely not for the lactose intolerant. The cake soaks up all these liquids, making it a super decadent treat. If you’ve never had this traditional Latino dessert, prepared to be delighted, and have the coffee pot a-ready. 

10. Ponche Navideño

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Traditional Mexican fruit punch is a hot, delicious concoction. Made with more than ten fruits including apple, tamarind, jamaica, tejocotes, raisins. This punch is spiced with cinnamon, clove, and piloncillo. It’s basically Christmas in a cup.

11. Camotes en dulce 

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Mexican candied sweet potatoes are a must. Día de los Muertos, on Nov. 1, marks the beginning of Camote season. ‘Camotes Enmielados’ is made of sweet potatoes, simmered in a cinnamon and piloncillo syrup. This dish makes for the perfect fall treat. 

12. Guatemalan Atol

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Made of ground corn, the flavors of this drink range from cinnamon to black beans to chocolate to cajeta. Guatemalan Atol, or Atole in Mexico, is a drink made differently in many countries of Latin America, but there’s one thing that remains the same everywhere, and that is that it’s a fall-winter staple you can’t miss out on.

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