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Make Your Super Bowl Party The Talk Of Your Friends With These Delicious Snacks

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If you’re like me when the Super Bowl rolls around, you only care about two things: the commercials and the food. So let’s get down to business. Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or bringing a dish to a hangout, unless you don’t mind everyone thinking you’re tacky as heck, you better not just come in with a six-pack and Dorritos. Spice things up by bringing an impressive dish.

The Super Bowl isn’t a random football game; it’s the game of all games, so you have to wow everyone around you with amazing food. Not just any type. Say goodbye to deviled eggs and buffalo wings. I’m talking delicious Latin cuisine that is easy to make and even better to eat.

Taquitos

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You cannot go wrong with a fried tortilla. These taquitos, however, are made with potatoes rather than meat, so your vegetarian friends won’t make a fuss. Make sure you use Mexican cheese and crema for the topping.

Individual 7-Layer Dips

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Parties are infamous for including the 7-layer dip. This recipe, however, isn’t served in a big grandma style casserole but rather in individual cups. This way people can take the dip and watch the game, and it’s less messy.

Nachos

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Nachos are probably the best thing to eat at any game. Create these nachos with carne asada, beans, tomatoes, and Mexican crema, which is available at any grocery store.

Salsa

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There’s no way you can be at a party without serving salsa. It is an easy recipe that anyone can make. Why not try your hand at creating a guaranteed show stopper at this year’s Super Bowl party.

Carne Asada Fries

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One of my favorite things to eat when I visit San Diego is scarfing down some mean carne asada fries. That area is famous for it! This recipe is relatively easy to make. You have a nacho recipe but without the chips. Also, you don’t want to include beans in this recipe because it’ll make the fry soggy.

Guacamole Dip With Lemon

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The texture in which you like to consume guacamole is an individual thing. Do you want it chunky, smooth, spicy, or mild? I love all kinds of guacamole, but mainly I like it with lots of lemons.

Taco Buffet

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If you tell people that you’re going to be serving Latin food during the Super Bowl game, they’re certainly going to think that you’ll have tacos. Instead of serving tacos the old fashion way (already made), why not let them make their tacos? But each topping in its bowl, serve various kinds of meats, and you’re done!

Sweet Plantains

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Your Super Bowl party will need something sweet. Instead of serving cookies or boring brownies, why not cook some plantains?

Frijoles Borrachos

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I love beans, but sometimes they can be kind of dull. So rather than serve pinto or black pins, why not serve them drunk? Okay, that sounds weird, but frijoles borrachos — or frijoles charros — are so much better, especially for a party. They have so much more flavor and can be eaten with chips or a spoon. It’s up to you!

Queso Dip

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Your Super Bowl party must have a side of queso — melted Mexican cheese — which is very different from typical nacho cheese that you’ll find at a baseball game. Remember to spice up your queso, so it stands out. Add jalapenño, red pepper, and green onions.

Mexican Chili Beans

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Here’s another way to serve up tasty beans. This recipe takes regular chili beans and kicks up a notch (with corn, various kinds of beans, and lots of spices).

Nacho Bites

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If you’re already serving nachos, don’t bother with this recipe. However, if your guests are a little more sophisticated, these nacho bites are the way to go. They’re not as messy and so cute! Even better to eat.

Ceviche With Crackers

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If you have time on your hands to create something extraordinary, I highly suggest giving your guests some seafood via a tangy and flavorful appetizer.

Mini Quesadillas

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You cannot fail with quesadillas. If you serve them in small triangles, people can eat them as chips, or top them with all sorts of toppings. I suggest you make the quesadillas with Oaxacan cheese.

Mexican Potato Chips

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Alright, if you want to bring something super easy or if you don’t want to fuss with much, serve chips. Not any kind of chip, obviously, but Latino chips that are extra spicy or full of lemon.

Cucumbers Con Sal Y Limon

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For a healthier kind of treat cucumbers with salt and lemon are very tasty. So tasty in fact, you will have someone drink the leftover juice from the plate. It’s effortless to make.

Mini Tamales

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Again, if you have time to cook something more special these mini tamales will undoubtedly be a hit at your Super Bowl party. Think of the tamales you eat during the holiday, but smaller.

Fresas Con Crema

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For those people who love sweet things, this easy to make strawberries with cream dessert is so yummy. You need heavy cream, strawberries, and sugar.

Burrito Bowl Bar

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If you’re on a low-carb diet like me (ugh!) and still want to eat your heart out, come Sunday, this burrito bar will be your best friend. Put every burrito ingredient you can think of in its bowl (onions, lettuce, tomato, meat, cheese, etc.) and let people create their burrito bowl. They can add chips if they want!

Mini Burritos

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Now, of those who don’t mind eating a tortilla, you can also serve mini-style burritos, making them easier to eat. All you need is your burrito toppings and the mini flour tortillas.

Now enjoy the food— and the game!


READ: These Substitutes Make Our Favorite Latino Foods Healthy, Delicious, Satisfying, And Good For You

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Here Is The Ultimate Vegan Taco Crawl For Your Next Trip To Los Angeles

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Here Is The Ultimate Vegan Taco Crawl For Your Next Trip To Los Angeles

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There might officially be more veganos than vegans in America, but nobody is really keeping track of Latino-American diets. For all the veganos out there looking for their next food-tour vacation, forget Portland. Los Angeles is where all of the best vegan tacos and Mexican food calls home.

Almost every taco truck would be able to accommodate you, and, yes, know whether their frijoles are vegan, because we’re everywhere in L.A. In such a competitive market for hungry vegan Latinos, we’ve generated a list of the top vegan tacos in Los Angeles. If you’re not hungry now, you’re about to be.

1. Cena Vegan

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Cena Vegan’s fame is all in their homemade vegan meats. The meats are so good that you can order them in bulk to use at home. At the truck, you can get carne asada, pollo asado, al pastor and a gluten-free carnitas meat option. Then, you add it to tacos, burritos, nacho boats, etc.

This Instagram reviewer puts it bluntly, “literally how are these vegan HOW. @cenavegan you’re magic.”

They’re a winner for obvious reasons.

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You can try all four taco meats and get four tacos for $11, without having to worry if the beans are cooked in lard, or if the crema is really vegan. It’s all vegan and so good.

2. Vegatinos Food Truck

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They love to serve up their vegan shrimp tacos. The few times we can find vegan shrimp are usually at all-vegan Asian restaurants. Shrimp tacos?! Only in Los Angeles.

At Vegatinos, you can get suadero and chicharron tacos before enjoying some vegan flan. 😭

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Quintin L. had some interesting things to say about Vegatinos in his Yelp Review. “I’m so in love with these freaking rockstar tacos… it feels like cheating on someone because everything tastes so good that it feels like you’re doing something naughty.”

3. Plant Food for People

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PPFP isn’t making high-protein vegan meats like Cena, but they’re keeping it classic in a different way with signature jackfruit tacos made four different ways. Plus, you can also get their breakfast tacos made with tofu and potato scramble if you get there early enough.

4. Hijo De Su Madre

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From left to right, we have a beer-battered avocado, chipotle crema, and pepita slaw; soyrizo, potato hash, and guac; Beyond Meat cabbage, avocado, secret sauce. That’s not even all their options because Hijo is all-vegan.

5. Dear Mama LA

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You definitely want to check out this Latina-owned taco spot when you are in LA. Her caption reads, “This hood inspired traditional flavor is just what summer needed. Our citrus marinated chick’n or Hood Chick’n will have you reminiscing on the days you were a kid and you had carne asadas with the family. This hood staple of yellow looking chicken was what most kids enjoyed! So I’m bringing it back to you with a whole lot of love. We marinate it to perfection with oranges and bell peppers and of course love 🥰🙆‍♀️🔥”

6. Trejo’s Tacos Fried Avocado Tacos

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Danny Trejo has outdone himself with a chain of authentic Mexican tacos all around Los Angeles. Danny knows his clients well by offering the only version of an avocado toast we want to have for breakfast: Fried Avocado Tacos.

You should also check out their Cauliflower Chorizo Tacos.

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Listen, his taco game is on point. Trejo’s alway has at least three vegan options on the menu. As of June 2019, he has Young Jackfruit with avocado crema, Mushroom Asada with pepita pesto, and Cauliflower with cashew cream.

7. Doomies Home Cookin’ and Doomies NextMex

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Doomies is best known for replicating America’s favorite meat dishes (like fried chicken, and Big Macs) but vegan. The reviews are in and Next Mex is where it’s at.

8. Gracias Madre

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This restaurant is reserved for those special nights out. It’s LA prices, but it’s outrageously delicious. You can expect to enjoy all your vegan favorites from sopes to pozole, flautas and tamales. Their jackfruit carnitas tacos are rico. top it off with flan or pineapple upside down cake and you’ll be happy as a vegan clam.

9. Olga’s Naturally

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All their taco tortillas are handmade using organic blue maiz from Oaxaca. They always strive to source organic and also offer vegan chicken as a protein option, alongside vegan cheese quesadillas. Yup.

10. Sage Vegan Bistro

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It isn’t a taco joint but they do have great tacos. Plus, they know to call them street tacos. These are “made w/ marinated jackfruit, garlic aioli, cilantro and onions on an organic corn tortilla are served all day on weekdays and after brunch on the weekends! 🌮”

11. Organix LA

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They take Taco Tuesday very seriously with $2 vegan tacos and 20 percent off all vegan burritos. All their food is vegan, and you can enjoy anything from deep-fried vegan fish filet tacos to classic carne asada style grilled mushroom tacos like the ones you see above.

12. Chica’s Tacos

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Chica’s vegan tacos are made with spicy cauliflower chorizo and topped with a slice of marinated mushroom, avocado, and cilantro. You know they’re good because Chica’s stands by using only organic, never frozen ingredients to represent an authentic Méxican dish.

13. Un Solo Sol

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They essentially offer a vegan version of almost everything on their menu ranging from nopalitos tacos to pinto bean pupusas. You know when you order veggie tacos at a non-vegan taquería and it’s just onions and pico de gallo? These guys load up their veggie tacos with actual veggies ricos.

14. Tacos La Tehuanita

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Follow @tacoslatehuanita to get all the updates on where they’re parked tonight. “Yum! Come one, come all, come with hearty appetites,” are the types of rallying calls you can expect from them. You want to try the butternut squash tacos.

15. Taco Zone Truck

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Yelp reviewer Helen J. Puts it best. “VEGAN AND VEGETARIANS WELCOME HERE. The tacos are cheap but full of flavor. We came down here after the Griffith Observatory and these tacos hit the spot! Great food truck, friendly service, and fast at that.”

16. El Chato Taco Truck

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Folks rave about how you can feast and still have a pile of money leftover at El Chatos. While reviewers aren’t posting pictures of the vegan option, there are a dozen reviews about how delicious the veggie tacos are. It can never hurt to check it out.

17. Guisados

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Above are the two vegetarian options listed on the menu. We bet you could ask for it sin cotija, but the off-menu vegan accommodation is reportedly spicy. One Yelp reviewer said, “My friend who is vegan, was able to be accommodated at this place as well! He ended up getting the chiles correados taco. BEWARE!! It is extremely spicy ! But he really loved it !”

READ: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Just Another Reminder That The Most Popular Salad In The World Is Actually Mexican

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Just Another Reminder That The Most Popular Salad In The World Is Actually Mexican

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Those who don’t know any better give Mexican food a bad rap for being cheap and greasy. However, the Mexican culinary world expands far past Taco Bell and Taco Cabana. Authentic Mexican food is fresh, bold, delicious and versatile.

In fact, Mexico is responsible for one of the biggest fine dining staples there is.

Mexico is, in fact, the birthplace of the creamy and crisp Caesar salad.

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As the story goes, the Caesar salad was created in Tijuana, Mexico by an Italian restaurateur named Caesar Cardini. It was 1924 when Cardini established his restaurant in the tourist destination to cater to American guests escaping prohibition. While no one really knows the true story, most agree the salad was created over 4th of July holiday weekend.

Supposedly, the dish was completely improvised. Cardini is said to have thrown together several ingredients he had at his disposal and it created the fresh, delicious gourmet salad.

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According to What’s Cooking America, the original recipe used a base of romain lettuce leafs. Additionally, garlic, parmesan cheese, croutons, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce were added.

Rumor has it that it was Cardini’s brother, Alex, that added anchovies in 1926. He named his remix the “Aviator’s Salad.” Still, this anchovy-filled dish was so popular that it became known as the official Caesar salad.

Parts of this story is hard to prove, but it comes with a famous witness to offer some legitimacy to it.

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The famous English chef, Julia Child, shared her first encounter with the iconic salad. In her book, “From Julia Child’s Kitchen,” the chef recounted her experience in a Tijuana restaurant. She wrote:

“My parents, of course, ordered the salad. Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl, and I wish I could say I remembered his every move, but I don’t. They only thing I see again clearly is the eggs. I can see him break 2 eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them. Two eggs in a salad? Two one-minute coddled eggs? And garlic-flavored croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese? It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe.”

It’s popularity in Europe cause people to mistakenly think the Caesar salad is Italian.

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However, the dish is 100% authentically Mexican cuisine. To recognize the delectable salad, in 1953, it was declared “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years” by the International Society of Epicure. We wouldn’t expect anything less from this Mexican classic.

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