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From Jamón Rolls To Pizza Quesadillas All The Latino Snacks We “Invented” While Our Parents Were Away

If you were a kid (we’re banking on the fact that you were) you know that one of your proudest moments was “inventing” a new snack you were pretty sure no one had ever tried before. Whether it was mayonnaise nachos, PB&J tacos, or pizza burritos con ketchup, you tried it all. Recently a TikTok user by the name of @belspies shared her own childhood creation when she showed her “Three M&Ms Ball” recipe on TikTok.

Tons of people on TikTok responded with their own special recipes on TikTok but we wanted to hear from you. So we asked you guys what treats you invented as kids.

And boy did you guys deliver!

Classic PBJ with a Twist

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peanut butter burritos so yummy.” –aarahxo@soniaromero03 

Because our parents worked hard as hell.

“Man for real. This made me realize all the stuff we had to come up with because we were hungry, while my son over here can’t repeat the same thing for dinner as he had for lunch. Then again he has the privilege of his mother being home while mine worked, but still.” –avelar227

Tortilla snacks were where it was really at.

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“I used to cut up tortillas in little triangles and sprinkle salt and lemon on them to snack on after school.” – salviscientist

Chocolate chips were where it was at.

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I would add chocolate chips to my cheesy nachos.”- mapauhan

Turns out we were all using ketchup for odd purposes.

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“Pizza” = slice of bread, bologna, cheese ketchup & mayo, place in toaster oven until cheese melts.”- berenice02

“Ritz w/ ketchup, cream cheese tortilla rolls, fry a tortilla then add sugar and cinnamon to make my own buñelos, and Pillsberry dough biscuit to make doughnuts. My kid will never know the real struggle.” – pattybear59

“omg sliced cheese with ketchup 😅😅 I was 5 and I thought I made a masterpiece.” – musical_mary21

Jelly tortillas.

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“Jelly on flour tortillas.” – becky_anible_

The ultimate cereal crunch.

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“Cornflakes and porridge oats (con canela) but it had to be the perfect combo of sweet, hot and cruchy.” – olmos_shnn

Hot dogs fit for the best taqueria.

PB&J on flour tortillas AND hot dogs in corn tortillas. We didn’t really ever have bread around.” – wealthparatodos

Hotdog sandwiches lol, basically sliced grilled weenies with bread, ketchup and mustard.” – eunice_castro

“Grilled Hot dogs rolled in a corn tortilla. Flour tortilla with Peanut Butter & Pancake syrup. Hella good!” – mssassycrabcake

Yes to all of the fresasss.

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PB and fresas on pan bimbo…or elote con sopa de arroz and crema.” – dulcesonrisa_85

“Confleis con platano, fried bologna sandwiches, maruchan con chile y limón.” – liz_laprieta

The ultimate messy toast.

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“Toast with butter and maple syrup – ghetto gourmet.” – mmjohar

“I used to grab a potato chip and topped with pelon pelo rico.. my mom would yield at me that I had lombrises en la pansa.. it was so good.” – yandy_loz

Tortillas with mayonnaise.

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“Warm rolled tortilla with a little salt or flour tortilla with mayonnaise.” – ivet_dub

“Apples soaked in pickle juice with chamoy Lucas.” –dreathunder

“Peanut butter jelly and Doritos (or lays) sandwich.” –allyss_abyss_

“Mix all the Lucas powders for the ultimate Lucas.” – genni_reyes

And people were going crazy with tacos.

“Cheetos and mustard.” – lesliehendersonoajaca

“Warm Tortilla and salted sour cream.” – victoria0r0

“Pickles and nacho cheese!” –lovely_did

“Soda crackers with mayo or ritz crackers with American cheese.” – simpleasamy

But above all, we can’t help but think this spicey rice sandwich was da bomb.

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“Arroz sándwich.” – bellmaryk

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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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