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These Mexican-Inspired Dishes Created From Leftovers Will Make Your Mouth Water With Jealousy

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Using up leftovers to create your next culinary Mexican food masterpiece just takes some thought, ingenuity and knowing what to do with salsa and queso. Get yourself a dish that can do both and look at these dishes for some inspiration for your next sit-down lunch or dinner. Seriously. After enjoying these Mexican-inspired leftover creations will change everything you know about food.

1. Tacos de Pozole

What do you do when it’s over 95 degrees outside and you cannot for the life of you eat another bite of your mama’s steaming pozole? Make the meat into tacos. You already love the soup and the meat. Why not give it new life?

2. Pollo Shakshuka

This Insta-Chef made an incredible meal thanks to some photo inspo. Pollo made with red salsa was transformed into a Tunisian-inspired shakshuka by way of adding some eggs and cotija cheese.

3. Rice And Bean Stuffed Peppers

Playoff Grub # teriyaki #wings #stuffedpeppers stuffed with #mexicanleftovers

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You know when you head to a Mexican restaurant and your main dish comes with enough rice and beans to serve the whole table. Instead of chucking them directly into the trashcan, make another easy weeknight meal. Stuff some bell peppers and enjoy a delicious lunch.

4. Tamale Frito Pie

Our moms usually made a breakfast meal with leftover tamales by frying cut up pieces with a side of eggs. Instead, make it a meal by mixing her tamales with Fritos and melted cheese. Ok, we see you, leftovers.

5. Mexican Pasta

Did you go overboard on the BOGO sale at the grocery store for pasta and tomato sauce? Add some cotija cheese to your pasta and bake it like this catering company did. You can still make something delicioso on the cheap.

6. Fideo Pasta

If you’re like us you might have not added enough caldo to your sopa de fideo like abuela’s recipe calls for. No need to worry, fam. Use some of that drier (but still salvable) sopa de fideo to make a pasta dish. Sprinkle some of your go-to shredded cheese and top it with some scoops of avocado.

7. Grilled Veggie Tacos

We know we *should* be eating more vegetables, but sometimes it’s hard. No excuses when it comes to these veggie tacos. Grilled veggies from your meal prep can be sliced and diced with soft-boiled eggs and sprinkled with seasonings like black sesame to make some bomb tacos out of leftovers.

8. Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwiches

Did you go a little overboard with the pan dulce stand at the bakery? Use some of those pan dulce breads for another round of dessert. Inspired by Horchateria Rio Luna, cut up your bread and stuff with your favorite ice cream flavor for a sweet treat.

9. Salad Bowl

new Chipotle Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Mango Dressing will have you actually craving salad! The tender, juicy fiestalicious chicken, the harmony of crunchy veggies, salty sunflower seeds and crispy tortilla strips all sprinkled with buttery Monterrey Jack Cheese and doused in sweet, tangy and refreshing Honey Lime Mango Dressing!!! 😍 . Direct link in profile 👆👆👆 @carlsbadcravings or search "chipotle chicken salad" at www.CarlsbadCravings.com . . . . . . #buzzfeeddiy #foodgawker #buzzfeedfood #instayum #foodie #TODAYfood #foodvisco #foodphotography #foodblogger #FOODWINEWOMEN #feedfeed #instafood #foodideas #buzzfeast #tipsgroup #yahoofood #marthafood #foodstyling #chipotlechicken #chipotlechickensalad #mexicansalad #southwestsalad #mango #mangodressing

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Last but not least, if you are stumped over what to do with all that marinated chicken or steak after your family’s carne asada, make some crunchy and zesty salad bowls with flavorful additions including pepitas, cotija cheese, and honey lime dressing.


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What do you like to whip up with your leftovers? Share this to start the #leftoverchallenge convo with your friends!

Broccoli and Potato Tacos With Fried Eggs? The New York Times Just Got Ripped For Their Latest Recipe

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Broccoli and Potato Tacos With Fried Eggs? The New York Times Just Got Ripped For Their Latest Recipe

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It’s pretty hard to mess up a good taco. Yet the New York Time’s latest recipe does just that. Roasted broccoli and potato tacos with fried eggs anyone? Didn’t think so. The recipe post was met with criticism online from people questioning everything from the use of broccoli on tacos to the time it takes to put the meal together. Here are some of the best reactions from this taco monstrosity.

Here is the latest recipe from The New York Times that has saddened Twitter users.

There is nothing wrong with changing things up. However, some times you just shouldn’t mess around with good, strong classic dish. Tacos, while super diverse when it comes to fillings, is something that fans think can be taken too far. The New York Times is learning that with their broccoli and potato taco recipe.

First and foremost having broccoli on a taco is a definite no-no.

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One of the best parts about tacos is the creative toppings you can place on top of them. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything can go on top it, especially broccoli. It’s vegetable that tastes better as a side piece to your meal, not on top of it.

The recipe got people riled up and rightfully so.

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There’s always room for new takes on classic food and that’s fine. But when you mess with something as great and beloved as tacos, it better be good. In this case, the recipe was a flop and people let the NY Times know.

Besides the recipe, who wants to wait 45 minutes to make taco?

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Tacos are a go-to food because of how and easy they are to put together. But 45 minutes? Many have taken to social media to voice their grievance about the time it takes to put these together.

One user said, “45 minutes for tacos? Unless 30 of those are kneading and rolling the dough for your own tortillas.”

Just because you put something on a tortilla doesn’t qualify it as a taco.

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Let’s also point out that having broccoli, potatoes, avocados and an egg on a tortilla would make the whole thing tear right through. It just doesn’t make any sense, let alone calling it a “taco” is another insult.

Can you imagine what our abuelas would say if we served this at dinner?

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If you want to anger our abuelas this might be the dish to go with. They’ve taught you better and showing up to dinner with these will surely leave at the receiving end of a pow-pow.

People were quick to point out this isn’t the first time the New York Times has tried gentrifying a Latino dish.

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Who remembers guacamole with peas? Of course you don’t because I don’t think anyone would ever dare putting peas in the guacamole. Yet time and time again the New York Times tries reintroducing these Latin dishes with their own take and fails.

There’s really nothing worse than someone’s take on a classic dish and manages to ruin it all together. Stick to what you know.

So if we can’t call these tacos, what are they? I think this takes the cake.

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This Twitter user might have nailed it right on the head with this one. Say hello to “tostadas gringadas”. A creation straight from the kitchen of one gentrifying New Yorker who managed to ruin tacos and scar our tortilla loving hearts.

The whole thing has brought people to tears so The New York Times should learn how to make tacos everyone can enjoy.

These tears are very real. People would love to see cool and interesting tacos but these are just physically impossible. Like, how does one really eat a taco this packed?

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This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

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This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

From the inside, the place is filled with Mexico’s finest ingredients: pork, avocado, tortillas, shredded lettuce, and rabanos. We’re not describing your mom’s house (although we’re sure she has those things too), but rather an iconic local restaurant that is now blowing up because of a music video. It’s not just any music video. Tacos Mexico was the filming location for the latest collab with Cardi B and Bruno Mars called “Please Me.”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars filmed their latest collaboration video inside Tacos Mexico in East Los Angeles.

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Sometimes the coziest place for a couple can be inside of a taco joint. Just check out the chemistry between those two. The singers were giving us so much life and lighting up the iconic taco joint at the same time. After the success of “Finesse,” it isn’t a total surprise that the two could light up the screen while grinding in a taco restaurant.

On Instagram, Tacos Mexico said they were extremely proud to be part of this amazing project.

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“Tacos Mexico is very proud of being part of ‘Cardi B & Bruno Mars” official music video (Please Me) that is a total Hit! On the very first day of release with over 10,000,000 views and coming…thank you.”

And they’re not exaggerating on those numbers. Total views are now more than 20 million and counting.

Tacos Mexico isn’t just a random Mexican restaurant but an eatery that has deep L.A. roots.

According to their website, Tacos Mexico was founded by
Antonio Moreno. “In addition to expanding his menu, Mr. Moreno also began opening additional restaurants throughout southern California including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and expanding out of State to Nevada and Arizona. By 2009, the number of Tacos Mexico restaurants had grown to almost 40 locations in three states, all while staying true to its roots and using only the freshest ingredients.”

Moreno passed away in 2009. We’re certain he would have loved this video.

If you want to visit the spot of this video, here’s where you need to go.

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Head on down to 5120 E Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles and you can eat and vibe in the same spot. Good for you, the restaurant is open 24 hours so there is no time where you won’t be welcomed in for some great food and reminiscing about the first time you saw “Please Me.”

Let’s also take a moment to give Cardi B and Bruno Mars some props for highlighting a local, Latino business.

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Tacos Mexico might have locations in two other states but the home of the restaurant is in downtown Los Angeles. We can only assume that the video will help to push the restaurant, which is already a neighborhood staple, into a go-to destination for fans and taco lovers alike.

Check out the video below.

Who wants to meet up for a fun time with delicious tacos? Clearly they are going to be playing “Please Me” on repeat for a while.

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