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These Latino Snacks Are Spicy, Salty, And Vegan

Making the choice to be vegan doesn’t mean you should live a life of flavorless snacking. Vegan Latinos can tell you many of the tasty snacks we know and love are also vegan friendly. Your mom might call it cochinero, but you can clap back by telling her they’re both green and kind to animals.

Chow down on any of these nine vegan Latino snacks!

1. Takis Fuego and Takis Nitro

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Yup. The greatest snack on the planet is also vegan. But, only in the U.S. Takis is other countries may have non-vegan ingredients so make sure to check the nutrition information before ripping into a bag, just to be safe.

2. Tajín

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The plastic on the top of the bottle says “this is not a candy,” but we all know different. We snack on Tajín like candy. We even add it to candy. Hell, we add it to everything! Whether it’s fruit, beer, oysters, ceviche or ice cream, Tajín makes basically everything more delicious! That’s why they invented mini bottles you can carry in your pocket – for necessary on-the-go Tajín-ing.

3. Speaking of candy…

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Every single candy you see here☝? is vegan! Whaaaaat! So when you’re 15 Pulparindos deep and about to top it off with a Pico dumped into a Pelón, you can rest assured you’ve harmed no animals in the process of wrecking your stomach.

4. Speaking of things that are sort of candy and you can also put on candy…

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Chamoy! Again, make sure to check the label because each brand makes their chamoy a little different. But, for the most part, chamoy is a vegan snackers BFF. And really, this opens the door for all sorts of veganized chamoy and Tajín-inclusive snacks! Is your mouth watering yet?

5. Cacahuate Japones

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Aside from the offensive packaging, cacahuates japoneses are probably the best snack on the planet. They’re crunchy, salty and ever so slightly spicy – everything that makes a snack amazing.

5. Papitas Preparadas

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Oh helllll yesssss. Papitas preparadas combine the holy trinity every snack genius knows elevates a snack to a whole other level of yum: hot sauce, Tajín and lime juice. You add that plus salsa Maggi onto potato chips and it’s a flavor rager.

6. Barritas Marinela

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After all that salty goodness, you may need a little dessert to top it all off. Reach for Barritas Marinela in strawberry or pineapple when you’re in the mood for a pastry. Side note: what is it about adding a pair of sunglasses to inanimate that immediately makes them cool AF? That barrita’s lean on the box is ultimate cool guy.

7. Mangonadas

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One of the best inventions in snackiosity is also vegan. Mangonadas are tangy, salty and mouthwatering gelato-like snacks made out of mango, chamoy, chile, lime and Tajín. They’re absolutely necessary during the summer. Plus, you can eat that Tama-Roca that comes with it, because that’s vegan too. PWAA P-P-PWAAAA!! (That’s a party horn sound)

8. Plantain Chips

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Simple and sweet with a heavy crunch, plantain chips are a favorite snack for vegan Latinos. It’s probably why they’re also a staple of Cuban cuisine.

9. Ruffles in Tapatío Limón Flavor

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Chips are the essential snack. Luckily, there are lots of them that are also vegan and will satiate your craving for that Latino spiciness. That includes Tapatío Limón flavored Ruffles. Yes! And if you’re not in the mood for these (which is weird because who’s ever not in the mood?), you can also go with Chile & Lime Sabritones, Lays Limón or Spicy Salsa Salsitas.

BRB gotta go stock up my snack cupboard!


READ: Latina Moms Try Vegan Food For The First Time

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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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