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Leonardo DiCaprio Has Sounded Off And Wants You To Know That He Prefers Pupusas To Tacos

Not everything has to be a competition but when it comes to food, us Latinos can get really riled up about what comes out on top. That’s the case with the epic debate of what’s better, tacos or pupusas? Everyone has their own personal preference right, so why boil it down to one or the other? 

Why not just enjoy both?

But well, while things in the tacos vs. pupusas debate seemed to be dormant, actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio just caused an uproar when he declared pupusas better than tacos. 

Leo has spoken, y’all! 

In a video for Univision’s Despierta America, reporter Luis Sandoval gets together with the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to talk about the latest movie. Sandoval sits down with Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio and asks them about Mexican cuisine in L.A. which is discussed in the film. 

Sandoval asks them if they ACTUALLY like Mexican food and Brad Pitt responds, “You cannot live in Los Angeles and not love Mexican food.”

We 100% agree with you, Brad. After all, Mexicans comprise the largest ethnic group of Latinos in Los Angeles, followed by Salvadorans and Guatemalans. You can’t walk a single block in L.A. without seeing your local tamalera, frutero, paletero, elotero, or food truck joint selling tacos or pupusas. 

L.A. culture is heavily influenced by Latinx communities and you’ll always find different types of cuisine in this boiling pot of different cultures. 

But now back to Leo’s point. Brad quickly followed up his statement by saying, “you can’t beat a taco.” That’s when Leo was like alright, hold my beer. 

Leo answered Sandoval’s question about what the cast’s favorite type Mexican cuisine food by saying, “I prefer pupusas.” 

At first, it’s unclear whether Leo is somehow confusing pupusas for Mexican cuisine or if he’s simply making the claim that pupusas just do it better for him than tacos.

You do you, Leo. We’re a fan of both the cheesy goodness a pupusa brings and the beautiful anatomy of a taco.   

“I’m a pupusa man, myself,” Leo said. “Better than tacos to me, I gotta go with [pupusas].” 

Of course, as soon as that single clip of this video interview hit social media, everyone went nuts with Leo DiCaprio’s hot take. (A hot take because again, people always want to make a competition about everything.) 

“Who knew Leonardo DiCaprio was a Salvadoran king?,” one Twitter user said.

“New career goal: Interview Leo while he eats my mom’s pupusas,” they added. Tbh, we can’t wait to read and watch that interview. 

Carrusel Bakery, which serves Salvadoran, Mexican, and Guatemalan foods, was quick to ask their Instagram followers about their preference. 

“We’re Team Leo!,” they wrote in their caption. Go leave your comment, y’all. 

A Twitter user was fangirling even more than before, “as if he wasn’t already amazing.”

Damn, Leo, you’ve scored some more brownie points with folks. Another woman (@GiselletheeBest) on Twitter responded to this tweet saying, “An eco-friendly king that loves pupusas I fucking stan!!!!” WE STAN, TOO. 

Despite Leo’s “hot take” however, we should all take a moment to S/O ALL Latinx cuisine because it’s all delicious.

We’re with ya, @VotoLatino. “Pupusas, arepas, mofongo, tacos, etc., we love it all!”

Plus look, you can always have the best of both worlds.

Treat yo self to dos de asada y dos de revuelta please. 

And whoever once thought Jack didn’t deserve to survive in the Titanic, can think again now!

“Por cierto cabías con la Rose en la tabla,” one Twitter user said. LOL!

Another Twitter user shared a text her mother sent her with a hilarious reaction to Leo DiCaprio’s comments. 

“My Panamanian mom in true Central American fashion knows how much shit Leonardo DiCaprio is going to get for saying pupusas are better than tacos esp us living in L.A.,” writes journalist Brigette Lugo

Leo DiCaprio’s comments are going to leave a mark for sure. 

Historically, pupusas don’t get the same love that tacos do. But it’s time we quit with the comparisons and just enjoy others’ food for what it is: a delicious piece of someone else’s culture. 

BRB, we’re on our way to Rincón Hondureño on West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. This video and Leo DiCaprio has got us craving pupusas. 

Where are your favorite pupusa spots in L.A.?

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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