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Here Are 9 Examples Of What You Can Do With Platanos Since They Are Versatile AF

Let’s take a moment to show some respect to the almighty plátano. For all you Mexican/Mexican-American readers, that would be the plátano macho because those who eat plantains on the regular use either la bananá or guineo to say banana. Plátanos are truly a gift from the produce heavens. You can have them sweet or savory, fried or baked, solid or liquid, and they can even transform into full meals. Here are just a few uses of plátanos that you should try.

1. Plátanos maduros are a sweet side to liven up your arroz con frijoles.

While some people use bananas to make maduros, the plantain is really the way to go. Just let them get really ripe and brown to make sure that they are sweet and ready to be fried.

2. A good plátano verde will make mouthwatering tostones or patacones.

If you are in the mood for something salty and savory then you want to use the plátano while it is still green and not very ripe at all. This will require you literally cutting the skin off the plátano in strips, but it is so worth it. Fry them, smash them, fry them again, and cover them in salt. If you want to be extra (and you do) make a side of olive oil and chopped white onion to drizzle on top.

3. If you are feeling adventurous, you can turn those tostones into burger buns.

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4. Mangú is one way to wake your tastebuds up in the morning.

This Caribbean dish is something to behold. You want to take your green plátanos, remove the peel, chop and boil until they are soft. Once the plátanos are good to go, mash them and add some water and oil. You can top them with sautéed red onions and seasoned to your taste.

5. Mofongo is another delectable Caribbean dish that’s all about the plátano.

The plátanos used for mofongo are fried in a skillet instead of boiled like you do for mangú. Once they are fried, mash them up using a mortar and pestle, adding pieces of garlic and chicharron. Take a bite and wait for your mind to be blown.

6. Yes. You can even use plátanos verdes to make empanadas.

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This one takes a little time since you use the plátanos to make the dough. It requires some serious kitchen equipment but how can you turn down some empanadas?

7. Pastelon is the plátano’s answer to a lasagna.

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Instead of pasta, the plátanos become the starch for this lasagna. First, you want to fry your ripe plátanos so they are sweet when you make the dish. Layer the plátanos, ground beef, and cheese until you have your lasagna. Add some butter and bake that bad boy until it is ready to eat.

8. Fried plátanos rolled in balls with cheese is something one simply cannot miss.

Once again, you take your green plátano and chop it up and sauté it until it is golden brown. Then you want to mash it and roll it into a ball. From there you want to fill the balls with whatever kind of meat you desire and some cheese. Roll them again into balls and fry.

9. Plátanos can even be turned into soup.

Nobody ever said that soup was easy to make. There are very few steps to this recipe but you’ll have to blend some onions, garlic, scallions, and chicken broth together to start. Add that to a pot with the plátanos and heat it up until the plátanos are tender. Purée it all in a blender and return it to the pot to heat up a little more before serving.


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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 Announces First Round Of Latina Business Owners To Win $10K Grants

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El Pollo Loco Announces First Round Of Latina Business Owners To Win $10K Grants

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Update: October 14, 2020

El Pollo Local Grants was created to help Latina-owned small businesses and the Latinas who started them. As part of the program, El Pollo Loco awarded $100,000 in grant money directly to ten Latina entrepreneurs who needed support during this pandemic. El Pollo Loco has also set up a GoFundMe to use the momentum and community support to save more Latina-owned businesses. Here are some of the Latina-owned business that El Pollo Loco helped with their grant program.

Thirteen lucky Latina food jefas in Los Angeles won grants from El Pollo Loco.

El Pollo Loco, in partnership with #WeAllGrow Latina, is putting their money back into their community. With Covid-19 devastating small business owners, Latinas in particular, the fast-food chain wanted to help those struggling. In response to the ongoing pandemic, El Pollo Loco created the #FundLatinaFoodJefas campaign to give $10,000 and mentorship to Latina food jefas in the Los Angeles area.

“When El Pollo Loco approached us about working together to support the local Latina business community, we were all in,” Ana Flores, founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina, said in a statement when the fund was announced. “We know that Latinas are driving economic gains that create generational wealth for the broader community, but that the circumstances of COVID-19 have posed a significant threat to our progress. This program will provide the exposure, mentorship, and the cash that women in our community, specifically those in the food industry, need to adapt their businesses to this new reality.”

Thirteen Latina food jefas won the grants. The restaurants and jefas were nominated by customers, friends, and family who wanted to see them thrive. The winners of the grants are Amara Kitchen & Catering, The Salvi Vega, Alchemy Organica, Cafe Santo, La Llorona Bakes, Todo Verde, Andrea’s Healthy Kitchen, Milpa Grille, Salsaology, Twisted for Sugar, Yucas, East Los Sweets, and Alta Baja Market.

Congratulations to all of the Latina food jefas who won the grants to keep their businesses going. El Pollo Loco wants to keep the love going. If you want to help, you can donate to their GoFundMe here.

Original: 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.

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