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Turkey And Pumpkin Pies Are Great, But These Latino Foods Make For A Tasty Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually conures up ideas of turkeys and pumpkin pies. While those are delicious in their own right, Latinos tend to do things a little different. Okay. We do things a lot different. Why have a basic turkey when you can dig into a pernil instead? Thanksgiving is all about the food but you don’t have to limit yourself to the food everyone else expects you to cook for the big day. Instead, why don’t you try giving your Thanksgiving feast the Latino twist we all dream of.

Turkeys are too expected, tbh.

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It is usually the wow factor of any Thanksgiving dinner. If this is you thing, then go for it. There are ways you can make this main dish a little more Latino. All it takes is some imagination and determination.

One way to make your turkey stand out is using mofongo instead of stuffing.

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Plantains are one of the most versatile and universal foods in the Latino diet. Using them for a stuffing is something that should be more mainstream.

There’s always a pernil if you really want to make things super sabrosa.

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Most Latino tables across the country on Thanksgiving will be presenting a delicious pork dish as the star. Honestly, most of our meals have some kind of pork somewhere in it. It is almost the most popular meat in the Latino community.

Stuffing is fine if you want to do something with limited effort.

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Some people prefer being a little lazy with boxed options but not Latinos. We always take the long way to make things from scratch to add the best flavor.

Arroz con gandules can make a nice replacement for stuffing.

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If you’re Cuban, you’re subbing mashed potatoes and gravy for rice and Cuban black beans. Either way, there will be a pilgrim boat load of rice on the table.

Vegetable are important but they can be done differently.

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However, there is always that primo who just won’t eat anything that is green and crunchy.

Sub that for arroz verde and you’ll make la familia very happy.

CREDIT: “Arroz Verde Green Rice | This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor… not to mention the vibrant green color! You can pair this rice with any main dish! | http://thechunkychef.com” Digital Image. The Chunky Chef. 10 November 2018.

Like I said. There will be rice. Yes, I’m aware it’s native to Spain. This is a very ethically confusing holiday okay.

You can bring mashed potatoes, but they will be overshadowed.

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My mami always made it from a box for show, and the first time I met someone who made it from scratch, I thought they were Martha Stewart.

Bring mashed yucca con mojo instead.

CREDIT: “Mashed Yuca with Mojo” Digital Image. Eating Well. 10 November 2018.

It’s the only root vegetable my holy Latina body is willing to consume. Couple that with mojo (which you can basically sub for any mushroom gravy and pour over every dish), and you’re the Thanksgiving MVP.

There will be corn, but it won’t look like this.

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Nothing wrong with straight-up corn on the cob. Just amke sure you try to add some kind of seasoning to it other that salt and pepper..

My broke amigos: bring the elotes (and the Cheeto dust).

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Unless your tio has claimed that dish for the last decade, then don’t go up against him. Be careful of whose territory you’re stepping on.

Nope. No gluten free dinner rolls here.

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There may be Cuban bread, but that’s the closest thing to a dinner roll you’ll find a mi casa. I’m okay with that.

Pack a box of pan de bono and your tías will be blessing you with holy water on the way in.

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Don’t even bother making that from scratch. You’re home for the holidays. Go to your favorite panadería and take all the credit.

Cranberries sauce is not something we typically have in out households.

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Berries are not the most common food in a Latino diet. Do they exist in the foods we eat? Yes. But more likely than not, we use other fruits to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Guava paste is all over the dessert menu.

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This Caribbean paste is all you need to satisfy all of your dessert needs. It truly is one of the best things to ever be created.

I’ve never had pecan pie.

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It looks good, and apparently it’s an obligatory dessert for Thanksgiving, but not at our house. Latinos slay the dessert game.

It is all about the flan in any variation.

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Your abuelita’s flan doesn’t look like this, but we’re the Instagram generation. Make this happen.

Eggnog is just too basic.

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This drink has always scared me, tbh. Not that I am scared of things but the difference between this and regular milk has long made me feel uncomfortable.

Coquito is the island drink of our people.

CREDIT: “Coquito (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog)” Digital Image. SparkNotes. 10 November 2018.

Puerto Rican rum, condensed coconut milk, coconut fat, all the kinds of coconuts and spices are what will warm your belly in the festive, happy way. November 1-January 6 is coquito season. Drink up.

However you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget the Latinx classics.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


READ: 9 Things That Happen When You Do Thanksgiving With Latinos

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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.

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