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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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Here Are 9 Salsas From Across Latin America That You’ll Carry In Your Bag Every Day Of The Week

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Here Are 9 Salsas From Across Latin America That You’ll Carry In Your Bag Every Day Of The Week

I guarantee that since Beyonce’s hit anthem ‘Formation’ hit the airwaves, we’ve all been wanting to channel our inner Bey and carry some hot sauce in our bags. But which one would you choose?  

Whether you prefer sweet and sour, ranch, spicy, or mild, when it comes to options, the possibilities are endless!

A sauce’s beauty is that every country has its famous creation that usually accompanies their traditional dishes. Every Latin American country has its mouth-watering sauce that was created using recipes passed down from ancestors.

AJILIMOJILI

In Puerto Rico, this sauce is quite popular because of its ají dulce flavor – a mix of sweet and sour notes. The green salsa is the Caribbean’s version of hot sauce and is added to recipes, such as seafood and boiled vegetables.

VALENTINA

Few of us don’t know about the magic that is Valentina. Pour that sauce all over your papas, pizza, jicama, elotes, and so much more. And it’s great because it’s available in a variety of heat levels so everyone can enjoy. 

TIÁ LUPITA HABANERO SAUCE

This Habanero Hot Sauce is an original family recipe of the brand and combines just the right amount of heat with each fruit’s natural sweetness. It is handmade in small batches, using only habanero peppers, dates, mangos, and spices. All ingredients are sourced from local farms and are non-GMO and gluten-free certified.

The sauce can be used as a condiment with breakfast burritos, eggs, sandwiches, tacos, pulled pork, steak, chicken, fish, quesadillas, and more.

CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri is mostly tied to Argentina, even though other countries also serve the herb-based salsa. To achieve the perfect chimichurri, mix parsley, oregano, garlic, onion, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Pair with meat cuts like churrasco and watch the magic happen.

CHIRMOL

In Central America, chismol or chirmol is made of tomatoes, onion, peppers and other ingredients. It’s similar to pico de gallo and is used in a variety of dishes.

RICANTE

Sauce, dressing, dip, marinade… Ricante does it all and with no sugar or salt added and with just the right amount of approachable spice. Ricante is not only Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Keto Friendly, but tiá approved!

Ricante launched with five incredibly unique hot sauces, marrying non-traditional essences like apples, mangos, carrots, and habaneros.

SALSA ROSA

Pastas are enjoyed all across Latin America, especially in Argentina and Uruguay, which pair the dishes with salsa rosa, a tomato-based sauce mixed with heavy cream. Together, they create a pink paste that blankets a variety of pasta dishes.

TACTICAL TACOS

Wait, so not all taco bases are citrus?! Tactical Tacos knows how to do taco sauce right with their notes of orange, lime, and cilantro to start your bite out just right, followed up with a perfect hint of Jalapeno and Cayenne pepper in the background. That’s just their mild sauce, Snafu. The Fire Fight and Ghost Protocol give you a similar ride with the citrus kick but with a much bigger spice hit for those that are brave enough to try it out!

MOLE

Mole is a spicy-and-sweet sauce made from chocolate that translates. The dark brown sauce gets its heat from chiles, but also has a touch of sweetness from the cacao, almonds, and peanuts often added. The sauce is topped with sesame seeds.

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Neiman Marcus Is Charging White People Prices For “Traditional, Handmade” Tamales And The Internet Has Had Enough

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Neiman Marcus Is Charging White People Prices For “Traditional, Handmade” Tamales And The Internet Has Had Enough

America’s fancification and appropriation of simple, traditional foods – especially “ethnic foods” – reached another milestone with the news that Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus is now selling gourmet tamales on its website at a pretty astounding price — six dozen for $92, plus $18 for shipping. That’s $110 for 72 tamales.

How have we made it this far without Neiman Marcus tamales? For years, we’ve been relying on handmade tamales from our tías and primas like peasants, unaware that luxury tamales were just a click and a payday away.

The luxury tamales made headlines in outlets ranging from the Dallas Morning News to GQMy San Antonio called it “an outright food foul,” taking this “usually affordable, traditional dish” and tacking on “an outrageous price tag.”

But is it really at all surprising that a luxury retailer is trying to make a buck off our people’s food and culture?

Neiman Marcus is the type of place where you can expect to see a Mexican-inspired jacket, such as this one, retailing for more than $300.

Given the propensity for corporations from around the world to try and capitalize off other people’s cultures, it really isn’t too surprising that Neiman Marcus would launch a line of luxury tamales.

Now the Dallas-based luxury retailer is once again offering up ‘luxury yet tradition’ with their ‘handmade’ tamales.

Although news of the tamales has once again shocked many of us, it isn’t exactly new. It was in 2016 when Neiman Marcus first started offering these highbrow tamales and even then it made headlines. And it’s easy to see why.

An order of six dozen Neiman Marcus tamales will set you back $92, plus shipping. Neiman Marcus tamales might look like regular tamales, but they’re actually very expensive and fancy. They are “handmade from a traditional recipe of fresh stone-ground corn, top-quality meats, lard, spices, and natural flavorings.” Can the food truck by your office honestly claim that its meats are top-quality? Or is your mama using luxury masa?! 

At six dozen (72 total if you’re too lazy to do the math), the $92 price tag isn’t totally off the mark, especially if they’re truly handmade. Anyone who has helped make tamales during the holidays knows that it’s not only time-consuming, it also takes a bit of practice. (And if you screw up too often, you’ll be roasted for it by your mom and tías).

They’re only available in beef, chicken and pork. Sorry, folks, no rajas. Unfortunately for Neiman Marcus customers, they’ll never experience what it’s like to unwrap a tamal, bite into it and realize it’s a random tamal de dulce that got mixed in with a different batch. 

But wait, there’s more! You can also order an “Enchilada Dinner” for $72.

Neiman Marcus didn’t stop with the tamales. Shoppers can also order flautas and enchiladas. In fact, for $72, plus $18 shipping, you get 12 enchiladas: six with beef and six with chicken.

Yup, Neiman Marcus is asking people to pay $90 for 12 enchiladas.

Just curious as to how many people are actually paying these white people prices to get their hands on traditional Mexican foods?

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