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Why Found Vegan Versions Of Your Fave Latino Bites Likes Tamales And Flan So You Wouldn’t Have To

With the ever-growing popularity of plant-based lifestyles, more and more Latinx families are growing confused about why so many jovenes refuse to eat meat. And not only that—these young people are rejecting all things cremoso, too? But . . . what is life without queso and helado? What is this so-called “veganism?” How could anyone survive this way? Your familia may bombard you with questions about your vegan diet this holiday season (especially if it’s a recent decision you’ve made), but the real question is: as a vegan, how can you enjoy your favorite traditional Latino foods without compromising your plant-based ways?

The good news is that there is an abundance of alternative recipes for you to experiment with. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting ideas here, so you have several options to play around with. The bad news is that there is no good way to adequately veganize certain Latino staples, like lechon or pernil, but these other treats are tan ricos that you won’t even be thinking about those carnivorous options.

Coquito Con Coco

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Let’s start with dessert. We all know it’s not Christmas without coquito. But did you know that coquito is traditionally made with ONLY coconut products? If your family recipe adds sweetened condensed milk, simply trade it out for coconut cream and you’ve got yourself an authentic (and vegan) chupito of this sweet, sweet nectar.

Champurrado Vegano (Tambien Con Coco)

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Really, anything that requires milk—which, unsurprisingly, many of the most cherished postres do—can be augmented with coconut milk. But if you like the taste of soy or oat milk better, you can use any alternative milk to create a velvety vegan version of your favorite champurrado recipe.

Flan de . . . Coco

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In case you haven’t noticed, coco is absolutely essential for veganizing any Latino dish. Flan is a true staple on Latino holiday tables everywhere, so why not celebrate the utility of the coconut by making a delightful vegan flan?!

Vegan Chocolate Con Churros

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There is a very specific satisfaction to dipping a delectable churro into warm, creamy chocolate. To create the perfect chocolate con churros that meets all your vegan needs, sub milk for almond milk and butter for coconut oil. And if you want them gluten free, as well, just use gluten free harina!

Vegan Havana-Style Alfajores

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Yes, oh yes, vegan alfajores are a thing. Replacing dulce de leche with date caramel, skipping the egg and using coconut oil instead of butter—all are tiny adjustments that lead to a truly indulgent after-dinner (or, let’s be honest, before-dinner) bite.

Vegan Rosca de Reyes

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What is el Dia de los Reyes sin la rosca famosa? The Rosca de Reyes is an undeniable and much-beloved celebratory treat, and you can still enjoy it on a vegan diet! Just substitute cow milk for any alternative milk, and you are good to go.

Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco

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If you’re vegan, you’ve definitely encountered nut-based “cheeses,” many of which are super similar to the real thing! Queso fresco adds a delicious dimension to so many Latino dishes—try making a version out of macadamia nuts, which also infuse it with a tasty, nutty undertone.

Tamales Veganos

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The true taste of the holidays is in your family’s tamales recipe. It would be blasphemy to forego this quintessential indulgence, and thankfully, replacing the meat with jackfruit is a really easy switch. Jackfruit’s texture can be very similar to carne, so you won’t be sacrificing anything about the classic tamale experience by making this slight adjustment.

Vegan Mole

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There is nothing like your abuela’s mole recipe. Seriously, literally nothing beats that. Be that as it may, you might come close to her undeniable greatness with a vegan alternative that requires the most simple adjustments, like using vegetable broth instead of caldo de pollo and making sure the chocolate is 100% dairy-free. And just like that, you have vegan mole!

Vegan Empanadas Con Chimichurri

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Empanadas are classically enjoyed with a variety of fillings, though perhaps most common is some type of meat. If you’re not a fan of alternative meat products, opt for a vegetable (or many!) instead. This recipe calls for things like mushrooms, onions, and spinach, creating a multi-textural, super nutritious empanada experience. (Plus, who can say no to chimichurri?!)

Vegan Mafongo

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Mmm, mmm, mmmafongo. Although this Puerto Rican dish is usually served with ground beef, you can easily substitute a substitute (like ground tofu, jackfruit, or even lentils) to recreate that desired texture. You can also try eliminating the “meat” altogether, using olives and roughly chopped garlic instead—but your familia might think that’s going a little too far, tbh, so you should probably play it safe.

McDonald’s Now Has Quarter Pounder Scented Candles That You Definitely Didn’t Ask For

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McDonald’s Now Has Quarter Pounder Scented Candles That You Definitely Didn’t Ask For

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You know that friend whose car always smells like the food they ate the night before? You know the one, it’s the same friend who also has a collection of takeout Wendy’s, Taco Bell and McDonald bags shoved into the pocket of their backseats. Well now, you too can be that friend. Thanks to McDonald’s you can make literally anywhere smell like oily takeout.

McDonald’s announced this week that it will make a six-pack of scented candles that will smell like your favorite Quarter Pounder ingredients.

McDonald's six candles come in all the scents you'd expect.

Anyone familiar with the key ingredients in the beloved QP knows these scents include bun, ketchup, pickles, cheese, beef, and ooh baby onions. In honor of the Quarter Pounder’s 50th birthday, McDonald’s is also releasing a line of merchandise that includes calendars, lockets, mittens, shirts, and pins.

Draw up a romantic bath for you and yours that smells like an oily stove and pickles by getting the items here on the McDonald’s fan club website.

23 Gifts For The Friend Who Always Has Hot Cheetos Fingers

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23 Gifts For The Friend Who Always Has Hot Cheetos Fingers

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are life, need we say more?

They’re crunchy, they’re spicy, they make your mouth water just thinking about them. They’re the best thing that has ever existed in the history of the world. That might sound dramatic, but you know we’re not wrong.

This gift guide is for the friend in your life who’s always got Hot Cheetos stained fingers, but that could also be you. So you can either be selfish and get all the good stuff for yourself or be selfless and gift your BFF the best Hot Cheetos inspired holiday presents.

1. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos card

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The perfect card to let your friend know what you think of them.

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2. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos socks

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Keep them toes cozy with these flamin’ hot socks.

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3. Baked Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

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For that friend who’s trying to cut back on the Hot Cheetos, here’s a “healthy” alternative.

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4. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos leggings

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You’ll for sure make a strong statement wearing these.

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5. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos keychain

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Look at that liddo Hot Cheetos keychain, we love it so much we’re about to recommend 3-4 more different versions of it.

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6. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos travel mug

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Pour it up, pour it up.

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7. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chipotle Ranch

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For the Hot Cheetos obsessed friend who NEEDS to try every single type of Hot Cheetos flavored out there.

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8. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos hair bow

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Hair on fleek.

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9. Takis keychain

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Obviously, these aren’t Hot Cheetos. But if you’re a true Hot Cheetos fan, you know these are the second best chips to eat when you want to take a break from the usual.

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10. Flamin’ Hot Ruffles

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Again, for that friend who needs to eat anything that includes the words “Hot Cheetos.”

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11. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos earrings

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Get that bling, honey.

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12. Hot Cheetos phone case

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Protect your phone with these flamin’ hot phone case.

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13. Reusable chopsticks

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We know there’s some of you out there who use chopsticks to eat Hot Cheetos to avoid the Hot Cheetos finger (they’re the best part though), so here you go, get you some chopsticks.

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14. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos sticker

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Slap it on your laptop.

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15. Flamin’ Xxtra Hot Cheetos keychain

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Look! Another cute keychain.

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16. Takis and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos travel mug

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The best of both worlds, unite.

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17. Flamin’ Hot Fries keychain

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Look! Another cute keychain.

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18. Another pair of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos leggings

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Oh, boy. These leggings will for sure get some heads turning. Werk it.

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19. OG Flamin’ Hot Cheetos pin

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Perfect to pin on your denim jacket.

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20. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dress

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And we’re ready for the club in this Hot Cheetos inspired look.

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21. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos joggers

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Get cozy in these Hot Cheetos joggers.

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22. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dad hat

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Wear your love for Hot Cheetos loud and proud.

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23. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos print

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Check out this lovely piece of Hot Cheetos inspired art.

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