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These Extra AF Esquites Recipes Will Leave Your Mouth Watering And Wondering Why Didn’t I Think Of That

This is a #TeamEsquites fan page only, y’all. For anyone who needs further proof that esquites are the most versatile way to enjoy elote, por favor, send them our way. As perfect and savory a classic esquites dish is, we would like to point out that esquites make any other dish extra extra.

The esquites you’re about to be inspired by are very real and replicable. Beware: so many elotes were harmed in the making of this gallery.

Anything you can do, esquites can do better.

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This Unicorn Elote is made by dying queso and mayo different colors, and then “painting” the end product. Then, each layer is adorned with a variety of Flaming Hot Cheetos, Takis, or other dyed condiments to add a crunch that matches the layers.

Detroit-based La Catrina is giving us the “Flaming Hot Esquites” from all angles.

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The best part of esquites is that they can be easily added to any dish as that extra special layer. This one is more like Flaming Hot Cheetos with a side of esquites, and we’re okay with it.

Yes, Sandia Loca is real.

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When Tajín is responsible for the tangy spice of esquites, you know fruit is invited to the party. Americans like to keep watermelon and corn on the cob separate at pool parties, but these two flavors party better together.

Latinos did that. Maruchan + Esquites=????????????

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This service announcement is made possible by Latino ingenuity and Tajín™. Thank you for coming to this TED talk.

Esquites served in a Dodgers baseball hat:

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You know Mexicans run L.A. when you can go to the local baseball stadium and order esquites off the menu…. in a keepsake Dodgers hat.

Head to Lincoln Park to find this Elote Loco.

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Let it be known that La Catrina’s base level esquite looks like this. From there, it gets more and more extra. You can’t even see the cup under all that queso!

Like this Bacon Supreme Esquites:

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It’s your standard, absolutely insane, Elote Loco, with a base of Flaming Hot Cheetos and topped and stuffed with bacon, esquites, and queso. Consider it a protein add on.

We’re going to call this the low-waste way to enjoy esquites:

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Garnish those Flaming Hot’s directly in the bag whence it came. Try your best to seal the bag, mix it all up, and steal a few extra cheetos from your friend to top it off.

Pro tip: You can do this with your favorite chippys.

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Using spicy Doritos basically makes it a nacho meal on the go. Like I said, this gallery is all about Latino innovation, baby.

This person decided to layer their favorite foods into one bomb-looking dish.

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We kid you not, that is an Eggo waffle. Who says you can’t live in a food desert and make pretty things happen? Snap that pic and then smother it all with crushed up Flaming Hots.

Seed to Sprout has a lil something for the vegans.

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Statistically, 1 in 2 Latinos report lactose intolerance, and the number get higher with other people of color. Good thing this restaurant is ‘gram advertising it’s ” ???? Roasted sweet corn with cashew lime crema, cashew cotija + fresh cilantro” for us dairy-averse folk.

This person just mixed guacamole with esquites and added the mayo on top.

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We know what you’re thinking. Yes, it is healthy esquites and technically avocados are a fruit, so consider this your serving of fruits and vegetables for the day. ????

We bow down to the elotero who started serving cacahuetes with these esquites.

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Are you drooling yet? Send this to that coworker who needs a little inspiration to walk a block with you to meet your friendly elotero. We all know its worth it.

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This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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Let’s face it: our community knows how to do street food like no other place on Earth. From the humble Mexican taco to Argentina’s choripan and Peru’s world-famous ceviche, Latin America is a street food lover’s paradise.

So it’s no surprise that Netflix launched an entire show about our comida callejera called Street Food: LatinoAmerica. The series focuses on street food staples from around Latin America and in order to find out which street food reigns supreme, Netflix launched an online campaign to declare a winner.

In an online tournament organized by Netflix to decide the best street food in Latin America, thousands of users voted for Oaxaca’s tlayuda.

If you had to pick your favorite street food, what would it be? Could you even pick just one? Well, that’s exactly what Netflix forced people to do with a new poll to determine the best street food in Latin America, and the competition was tough. But in the end, with 46.6% of the votes, the tlayuda, that giant tortilla served with a seat of beans, tasajo (beef jerky), chorizo, chapulines, and quesillo, won the Street Food Latin America championship.

The contest was part of a promotional campaign coinciding with the July 21 launch of the Netflix series Street Food: Latin America, which takes viewers on a gastronomical tour of six countries, exploring their cultures through traditional dishes.

The tlayuda went up against choripán (Buenos Aires, Argentina), acarajé (Salvador, Brazil), ajiaco (Bogotá, Colombia), ceviche (Lima, Peru), and rellenas de papa (La Paz, Bolivia). Conspicuously missing from the list were tacos, elote, quesadillas, plátanos fritos, pupusas, and so much more.

Several major figures joined in on the campaign to ensure Mexico’s win with the tlayuda.

The competition was heated and not one country was taking any chances. In fact, the Mexican government’s official Twitter weighed in on the contest, urging its citizens to vote in the poll. Also, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico took to Twitter urging his followers to vote for the tlayuda.

Mexico is known to celebrate big wins with big parties, and some nearly expected a crowd of revelers to form at Mexico City’s famed El Angel statue, where many big celebrations are held. Though thanks to social distancing, that didn’t happen this time.

Not everyone was happy with tlayuda taking the top spot – including some very angry Peruvians.

Mexico’s tlayuda beat Peru’s ceviche fair and square: with 46.6% of the vote vs. Peru’s 45.8%. It was a close race to be sure, but the tlayuda won. And it deserved it if you ask me. However, many took to social media to express their outrage at the results.

In fact, Peruvians helped get Amazon Prime to trend on Peruvian Twitter when they decried their followers to cancel their Netflix subscription and instead sign up for Amazon Prime, as a sort of revenge against the network.

For those of you not familiar, what exactly is a tlayuda?

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Mexico’s famed tlayuda is most popular in the state of Oaxaca, where it’s said to have originated. But you can find it on the streets in any major Mexican city (as well as cities in the U.S. with large Mexican communities) as well as in upscale restaurants giving the dish a twist.

But what makes the tlayuda so special? Chef and culinary historian Rodrigo Llanes told the newspaper El País that the tlayuda is a bridge between pre-Hispanic and European culture, calling it a “magical” culinary creation.

“I do not disqualify the other candidates, but I maintain my preference for the Oaxacan entry for its historical tradition that does justice to native peoples, for its flavor that is emblematic of mestizo cooking, and for its size, which makes it a dish to share,” he said. 

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This Abuelita Has Been Named One Of Mexico’s Most Powerful Women

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This Abuelita Has Been Named One Of Mexico’s Most Powerful Women

Remember Doña Angelita, the adorable Mexican abuelita who became internet famous by sharing her traditional recipes online? Well, she was recently recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful women in Mexico. And we can’t celebrate this enough! One of the things we love about online cultures when they are at their best is how everyday people who have extraordinary talents can share their uniqueness with the world. 

This amazing woman is now loved and respected by literally millions, as she has provided access to life in rural Mexico. Rural and indigenous Mexicans (and Latin Americans in general) are marginalized when it comes to sharing their lives on social media and becoming mainstream. So this case has helped spread the word on the awesomeness of traditional food and rustic cooking methods. 

She has also helped in the preservation of traditional recipes that can get lost if they are not properly archived: with her YouTube videos, she has made sure that the methods, ingredients and human touch of dishes that have been passed down generations of Mexicans are kept alive in the digital era. And we cannot thank her enough. La queremos mucho, Doña Angelita!

In its annual roundup, Forbes named Doña Angela as one of Mexico’s most influential women and we couldn’t agree more.

Last year, Doña Angela launched a wildly successful YouTube channel – De Mi Rancho a Tu Cocina – that brought rural Mexican cooking to viewers across the world. In just two months, her channel had been viewed more than 7 million times and she quickly gained millions of subscribers.

Now, the world-famous abuelita is being recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the most influential women in Mexico, for her work in bringing Mexican culture to her audience.

“I’m already everyone’s aunt and everyone’s grandmother” said Doña Angela when she shared with her then million followers that YouTube had awarded her two plaques: the silver for having exceeded 100,000 and the gold for exceeding a million subscriptions to her channel.

Doña Angela joins a list of 100 other Mexican women who received the honor this year, including: actress Yalitza Aparicio, the famous chef, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Mexico City Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum.

Her recognition from Forbes, comes shortly after being recognized by YouTube for her online success.

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In a photo that Doña Angelita shared in her official Facebook page we can see her holding two plaques with one of her granddaughters. The golden plaque is a real achievement: it states that her YouTube channel has surpassed 1,000,000 subscribers, not an easy feat at all! Just look at her proud smile, the product of many years of perfecting her culinary skills in silence and the pride of finally being able to share it with the help of her family. This is as authentic as it gets. And for those hipsters who love organic…. just look at the beautiful produce she uses in her food. 

Because we can all remember an abuelita that looks like the sweet Doña Angelita.

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One of the reasons why she has become such a star is that her charisma and tenderness reminds us of our own abuelitas or aunties who spent hours cleaning frijoles while chatting to us. Many of us remember the endless afternoons we spent watching our abuelitas stir a pot. For many Latinos, the first forays into the kitchen had to do with private cooking lessons from those strong, beautiful souls called abuelitas. These private lessons are a treasure that even Chef Gordon Ramsey would envy! 

Fame has also allowed her to fulfil some of her dreams!

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And of course all this fame has come with some much deserved perks! Our favorite online celebrity was able to take her husband and her family to a beach holiday thanks to the support her YouTube channel has gotten. She had never been to the beach, and the photos she shared on her official Facebook page are beautiful, so joyous. It is things like this that make us believe in humanity again! 

And she gets her viejo to help with the cooking too! Her success is a communal, family effort.

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Just look at this adorable moment. In her Facebook page, Doña Angelita makes it clear that her success is not a one-woman-show. Her success is also a testament of the support and solidarity that many Latinos find in their immediate family. We also love how her success story counters gender stereotypes. Her story also defies the notion that once you are over 50 your working life, particularly if you are a woman, is over. Her success story also makes us wonder how many people with hidden talents are out there. We hope for many more of these viral personalities to emerge, as they are nice change considering the huge amount of empty and narcissistic messages floating around in the influencer industry.

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