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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.

The Guinness World Record For The Biggest Carnitas Taco Was Just Broken In Queretaro, Mexico

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The Guinness World Record For The Biggest Carnitas Taco Was Just Broken In Queretaro, Mexico

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Mexicans have been putting food inside a tortilla, folding it in half and calling it breakfast, lunch and dinner, since before the Popol Vuh came to be. Tacos are our love language, our most precious export to the world —ok maybe that’s an exaggeration… or is it? You could offer us caviar, pâté de foie gras, white truffles, oysters and we’d (rightly so) still choose a taco de carne asada. But there’s one Mexican among us all who loves tacos so much, he set out to make the world’s largest one. Stuffed with Carnitas, and weighing an exorbitant amount, Alejandro Paredes managed to produce the world’s biggest taco de carnitas. 

Queretaro is the record holder for the world’s largest taco de carnitas.

The state of Queretaro in Mexico earned the Guinness World Record for their gigantic taco de carnitas a few weeks ago. The monster-taco stretched to an entire city block, and measured 102 meters long (nearly 335 ft) and weighed 1,200 kilograms of tortillas (almost 3,000 lbs) and 1,507 kilograms of delicious carnitas (just over 3300 lbs).

Alejandro Paredes Resendiz is responsible for the carnitas-filled monstrosity. 

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The organizer of the event came up with the idea in 2011, when he promised his uncle —the head of Queretaro’s gastronomical council— that he would make the world’s biggest carnitas taco. 

Apparently, the Guinness record committee declined several applications prior to Paredes’.

Alejandro Paredes said the Guinness organizing committee had already declined five previous applications for ‘the world’s biggest carnitas taco’, so he waited until he knew he could fulfill all the requirements necessary to qualify for a world record.  “We used certified workers with history in Querétaro,” said Paredes. “We complied with all the regulations of the Guinness contract. All of the carnitas were made today, everyone had the proper equipment and, most importantly, we shared the food with all who attended.”

Guinness World Records does not award prize money, but Paredes said that if they raise any money as a result of the record, it will be donated.

“If we earn even one peso, it will be donated to the DIF family services center, because Querétaro should be the best state in Latin America,” he said.

For Reséndiz, the achievement was not only a world record, but also a personal best.

“I broke my own record because the last taco I made was 75 meters long. It was registered, but not certified. I hope that all 1500 people can eat. We began at six in the morning and we won’t go home until the volunteers feed the visitors and the taco is gone,” he said.

The enormous taco fed 1500 attendees. It took more than 25 chefs and 150 gastronomy students to prepare the record-breaking feat. The huge team of cooks started preparing the food 12 hours prior to the assembly of the taco. 

Queretaro managed to take Guadalajara’s record. 

The 102 meter long taco, made in Queretaro, broke the record that had been set by Guadalajara with its 75 meter long taco a few years prior.

But why carnitas in Queretaro?

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In Mexico, each state has its own culinary traditions and local plates — ‘carnitas’ is not typical of Queretaro, so why did they decide to make this particular taco?

“I recognize that there are other states in the country, like Michoacán, where they make delicious carnitas, but here in Querétaro there are seven different styles,” Paredes said. Alejandro Paredes claims to have conducted a study to find our which food was most consumed in his state, and voila, he found out that the people of Queretaro love carnitas. 

Carnitas are made by cooking the different parts of the pig in giant copper or stainless steel pots. The meat is traditionally seasoned with a mineral salt called tequesquite, but there are many different regional variations.

Local tourist agencies, taqueros, and municipal authorities plan to share the news about the record-breaking event, to promote tourism in the area and to invite taco-lovers everywhere, from Mexico and the world, to visit Queretaro and try its delicious carnitas. 

She Broke The Internet With Her Recipe Videos And Now This Abuelita Is Being Recognized By YouTube

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She Broke The Internet With Her Recipe Videos And Now This Abuelita Is Being Recognized By YouTube

Remember Doña Angelita, the adorable Mexican abuelita who became internet famous by sharing her traditional recipes online? Well, she was recently recognized by YouTube as a leading influencer. 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 un 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!

YouTube sent her two plaques to make her online popularity official.

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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. 

She will soon reach two million subscribers! Sí se puede, sí se puede…

The latest count reads 1.53 million subscribers. Not bad at all! a few months ago this total superstar lived in anonymity in her native Michoacan, hiding two unique talents: great skill in keeping culinary tradition alive through old proven cooking methods, and a charm in front of the camera that is as spontaneous as it is relatable. We are sure that her popularity will just continue to subir como la espuma. We just hope that her work continues to be as authentic as it has been so far, and that it doesn’t get watered down with corporate sponsorships. But, come to think about it, we also want her to get what she deserves!

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.