5 Substitutes For The Ingredients You’re Overusing During Quarantine

A major part of quarantining is staying in place for as long as you can. You should only be going out to get the absolute essentials and only when you absolutely must. This means that you should have some stuff on hand to substitute your favorite ingredients. Here are 5 ingredients we all use a lot and the substitutes to make them last longer.

Michelada Mix

Everyone has their favorite michelada mix. There are so many of them out on the market. A lot of the recipes available online call for Clamato if you are trying to make yours from home. But you don’t need the Clamato or pre-made mix.

Tomato juice and hot sauce work just fine.

You can make your own tomato juice at home if you have the time, tomatoes, and equipment to make the juice. All you need is to mix your tomato juice with that hot sauce and add it to your beer. If you have some Tajin lying around, go ahead and add it for a little more kick.

Crema Mexicana

This cream is quintessential in any Mexican kitchen. It has so many uses in several different dishes or you can add it on top of anything you make. Who doesn’t enjoy their chilaquiles with a little bit of crema Mexicana added on top. Don’t fret if you run out of your precious cream.

Milk and Sour Cream

If you don’t care about the texture and liquid state of crema Mexicana, you can just use some sour cream. The flavor is there and the way it blends with the Mexican palette is delicious. However, if you want something you can drizzle on your food, combine 1 cup of sour cream with 1/2 cup of milk. That will leave it thick enough to drizzle but not run.

Mojo Criollo

No Cuban pantry is complete without this tangy and savory marinade. You can marinate your chicken, steak, pork, literally anything with this nectar from the gods. It can be hard to find depending on where you live so it might not be something easily attainable, but we got you covered.

Garlic, orange juice, and lemon juice will do just fine.

All you have to do is take your garlic, juices, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil and run it through a blender. It is that easy. You will not regret learning how to make this and keeping it around long after this quarantine is done…in 2021.

Mexican Chorizo

Chorizo is something that everyone loves. The Mexican sausage is delicious red-tinted meat that delivers some real sabor for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We all know it. We all love it. We all need it. It is something that has transcended Mexico and has been embraced the world over. Yet, if you run out and don’t feel safe running out, here is how you can substitute it.

Ground Pork and Spices

All you need to make some homemade chorizo is ground pork, cumin, garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if you want it spicy). Mix the sausage together with the spices and you have a perfectly reasonable substitution for Mexican chorizo. If you have the equipment to put it into a casing, go for it. If not, just cook it up like you would any other ground meat and enjoy your own special chorizo.

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?


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


  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice


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


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.


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.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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