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Let Us Teach You How To Make Plátanos Maduros That Your Mom Will Approve Of And Your Friends Will Love

Plátanos maduros are a pretty universal food in Latino culture. However, it is always served differently depending on what your heritage is. While Cubans tend to slice the ripe and yellow plantain to fry them, other nationalities fry them whole. Like you will see in the video above, the plátano macho maduro we will teach you to make is the plátanos rellenos de carne. The extra steps and time are necessary for creating the most delicious and multi-flavored dish you can imagine. Alone, a fried plátano maduro is a sweet and flavorful addition to any dish, especially if it is being paired with savory arroz con frijoles. The plátanos rellenos de carne are so dense and filling that they can stand in as a meal all by themselves. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

The plantain is a staple in Latin American cuisine. While more are grown in tropic regions in South America, the cousin to the banana has made an indelible impact on Latin American cuisine. In the Caribbean, the plantain is cooked two ways. One way is the maduro way that allows the fruit ripen and get sweet. The other way is when the plantain is still green and tough. The skin is hard to peel but the results are incredible. The plantain, once peeled, is sliced. Then the slices are fried and smashed before being fried a second time. The second time gives it a crispy and airy texture. Those golden, crispy fried plantain medallions are then covered in salt and served on the side of many meals.

Make sure you stick around with mitú and get the full video tomorrow on Facebook. You don’t want to miss Jeffrey talking to his mother about this masterful dish as he prepares to share it with his boyfriend. Happy Pride to all of our LGBTQ+ foodies and readers. Celebrate the month with sweet memories with friends and unforgettable meals around a table with all of those you hold near and dear to your heart. Whether it is with your family or your chosen family, you can never go wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 4 plantains, yellow and ripe for optimal sweetness
  • 6 cups plus 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, or another neutral flavor oil
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded and rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, or your preferred tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoon of beef broth powder
  • cotija cheese
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of ketchup

Directions:

  1. Cut the ends of the plantains then peel them. Slice the plantains down the middle to create a pocket. *Do not slice all the way through the plantain. You want to create a pocket for the ground beef.*
  2. Add the 6 cups of oil to a heavy-bottomed pot and heat over medium heat. Make sure oil is hot by dropping a grain of rice into the oil. If it pops immediately, it is ready. Add the plantains, one at a time and careful not to overcrowd, and fry until they are golden.
  3. Remove the plantains when they are done and set them on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  4. Add one tablespoon to a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add one garlic clove and cook in the oil until it is deep golden brown.
  5. Remove the garlic and add the ground beef to the hot oil. Stir and break up the beef as it is cooking adding two tablespoons of garlic salt, one tablespoon of ground black pepper, ground cumin, beef broth powder, and two bay leaves. Stir the meat until it is done cooking. Drop heat to low and let the ground beef simmer as you prepare the salsa.
  6. Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottom pot, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Add a clove of garlic and cook in the oil until it is a deep golden brown.
  7. Remove the garlic and drop the heat to low. Carefully, add two cans of tomato sauce to the hot oil. Fill one can of tomato sauce with water and add to the tomato sauce mixture in the pot. Add the ketchup, ground black pepper, two tablespoons garlic salt, one tablespoon cumin, one tablespoon beef broth powder, and two bay leaves. Raise heat to medium-low and stir the tomato mixture making sure it has the same consistency as thick tomato soup.
  8. Add diced onion, cilantro, and tomato to the tomato mixture and stir them in. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the onions soften.
  9. To prepare the platano macho maduro, stuff the plantains with cooked ground beef. Be careful not to break them.
  10. When the plantains are filled with beef top them with the salsa, cabbage, cotija cheese, and cilantro if you desire.
  11. Serve it up to you boo and enjoy the rest of Pride Month with delicious food made at home.

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

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