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We Asked, And These Are The 14 Weirdest Junk Food Meals You Eat

GUYS. Here we are again, the single most important day of the year. 

Each year, the sun rises and sets on National Junk Food Day and it’s our civic, journalistic duty to get elbow-deep into what you’ve told us are your favorite Latino junk foods. 

Yup, today we’re sinking teeth into the 14 wackiest, más loco creations that humanity has ever inflicted upon its arteries. Get ready for food porn that will have your mouth and eyeballs watering. 

These sickening Dorilocos.

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We’re kicking off with this beautiful tray of dorilocos. Why? It’s basically salad.

And by salad we mean little tiny irregular shapes that go everywhere when you dig in. The similarities end there, because, well, it’s all crispy dorito chips, cueritos (pickled pork rinds), jicama, crunchy japonés peanuts… and the occasional gummy bear. 

Dorilocos may look suspiciously similar to a child’s lunchbox that came open in his/her backpack, but don’t be fooled – it’s finger licking good. It’s usually eaten out of a bag of Doritos that is sliced open sideways and topped off with lime juice, chili powder, salsa Valentina and chamoy. 

It’s funky, it’s madness and we live for it. Two of your five a day. 

These hot cheetos carne asada fries – yell that five times fast.

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Mmm, baby. What’s not to love? This Cali classic hits all the right spots with its oozy, cheesy and fatty setup. Shoestring fries, charred carne asada, guac, sour cream, melted cheese and Cheetos (extra points if they’re flaming hot). 2,000 calories just looks so good on a plate. 

These small but mighty Jicaletas.

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What’s the best thing since sliced bread? Sliced jicama. On a stick.

Genius takes popsicle form in this crunchy treat that is oh-so-fresca. Jicaleta is, unsurprisingly, the lovechild of the ice lolly, paleta, and the beloved jicama fruit. 

Jicaleta is often sold by street vendors next to trays and trays of powdered sugar in unicorn shades. They may resemble the sand-art stations of your younger years, but don’t be fooled – these sour treats pack a bite. The jicama is first slathered in chamoy syrup, then tossed in a cascade of colored sugar. Oooof.

This fearsome Diablito from the depths of hell.

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The name ‘little devil’ does kinda give it away. They’re pica, hell-fire red and may or may not make you cry. 

This spicy cocktail is usually made from crushed lime or mango flavored ice, Taijin, chamoy, lemon and salt. They’re often garnished with a Tama Roca straw, dried fruit – whatever else you like really, as long as it’s outrageous. Evil has never tasted so good. 

This OTT elote from Elotes Asados San Rafael.

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Looking a little somewhere between a hunk of corn on the cob and fried chicken, these are not your regular elote fare. These elotes have the dial turned up on extra. 

Maybe it’s coating them in crunchy Dorito crumbs or taki dust, maybe it’s smothering them in chipotle sauce, cheese and carne asada. The one in the photo comes from a little stall called Elotes Asados San Rafael Tamaulipas, Mexico, that has become a local sensation for their outlandish elote creations. They supposedly sell 200 – 300 of their wacky flavors a day. 

This glistening bag of Dorilotes.

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Elote in a bag of Doritos chips was always going to be a good idea. Dorilotes is similar to Dorilocos, except that the corn is non-negotiable. This doesn’t really need much explanation, just gaze upon it. Mmmmmm.

These never-to-be-underestimated, pepino locos.

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Whoever said cucumbers were mild and meek?

These Mexican pepinos locos are hollowed-out cucumbers that are crusted with chamoy, then stuffed with jicama and tamarind candy and Japanese peanuts. They look like little cups, so it’s no wonder they’re sometimes served with clamato inside. 

These monstrous Sandias Locas.

The distant cousin of the pepino loco, the best bit of the sandia (watermelon) loca is probably its XXL capacity. And that means all the more room for madness – whether it’s fruits, pepino, Tama Roca tamarindo, scoops of ice cream, Corona bottles – whatever floats your boat. Don’t forget the chamoy and Salsaghetti candy. 

This very intriguing Chocodilla de Baby Ruth.

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Guatemalan Taco Bell really outdid itself when they introduced the chocodilla de Baby Ruth a few years back. Whilst it does sound a little like a 4am drunken reaction to an empty pantry, we can also imagine it being really, reaaaally delicious. This flour tortilla is filled with a smushed American candy bar made of peanuts, caramel, milk chocolate-flavored nougat and more chocolate.

Giving the people what they never really asked for, but are for damn sure going to try anyway. 

This lip-smacking chilindrina chicharron.

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It takes one hot mess to know one, and these chilindrina chicharrónes are absolutely to die for. It’s a colourful party on top and that’s definitely not pita bread underneath. 

Fried pork skin is used as the base for a mouth-watering mixture of chopped lettuce, sliced avocado, tomatoes, and the cheese, limon and sourcream that tops it all off.

This visual masterpiece that is salchipapas Colombiana.

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If this bowl isn’t art, we don’t know what is. 

Salchipapas typically involve a lot of thinly sliced pan-fried sausages mixed with a ton of French fries. Throw a savory coleslaw on top, and add in whatever you please to the mix – it could be fried egg, corn, cheese, plantain slices and much more. You’ll usually get a real mix of sauces too – including ketchup, mustard and olive sauce. Just be prepared to get messy

Mr. Full is a restaurant in Barranquilla, Colombia that’s responsible for gigantic trays of salchipapa, and towering piles of other junk food. Go feast your eyes here

This majestic Guacamaya de León. 

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These monsters are said to originate from Guanajuato, Mexico and are a treat to whip up at home. 

The bolillos are toasted so that they’re golden and crispy on the outside, then slices of avocado are added, or smushed on the sides of the bread. It’s then packed with slabs of chicharron pork crackling until breaking point – then all topped off with a delicious spicy salsa. 

These sweet Marquesita darlings.

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Is it a crepe? Is it a waffle cone? Nah, it’s an amazing Yucatan street food that’s made from pouring batter into a heating iron, and adding sweet or savory fillings! Take a bite and you could find anything from cajeta and lechera, to ham and cheese inside. 

We dare you to have just one. 

Last but definitely not least… this. Whatever this is:

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READ: Latinos Never Do Basic Snacks And These Elotes And Esquites Prove Why They Are The Greatest Snacks

Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Ok, so let’s be real. Everybody loves fries. They’re literally the greatest way you can eat potatoes and they happen to come in an endless rainbow of options.

But we all know the clear winner of the perfect vessel for eating fries are carne asada fries. Obviously.

But there’s lot you might know about the bomb dish so we’re here to give you a little master class while sharing pictures of amazing carne asada fries that will have you out the door or on your Uber Eats app in no time.

First off, many people think carne asada fries are specifically from Southern California.

That’s not exactly true. Sure there are several restaurants in San Diego that claim to have invented the magical dish but Mexicans have been putting papas with grilled meats for a looooong time.

But that’s not exactly true. Case in point the taco arrachera:

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You can find this classic taco combination all over Mexico, especially at farmer’s markets called tianguis.

These humble tacos are proof that meats and papas belong together and they’ve been together long before San Diego started claiming asada fries as their own.

Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s get to the actual asada fries.

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Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of restaurants all across Southern California and now even in Arizona and other states wth large Latino communities. As I mentoned above, restaurants in San Diego claim to have created the dish so it’s especially popular there.

And since we’re keeping things real, carne asada fries (at least not Cali-style ones) aren’t exactly authentic Mexican food – so you won’t typically find them on menus at traditional Mexican restaurants.

The Cali-style asada fries that everyone loves is said to have originated at Lolita’s Taco Shop in San Diego.

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Lolita’s Mexican Food in San Diego claims to have originated the dish in the late 1990s, inspired by a suggestion from their tortilla distributor.

And now you can find them all over Southern California.

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The dish is also served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium. By 2015, fast food chain Del Taco began to sell the item. It’s safe to say they’re pretty much every where and we couldn’t be more thankful.

But for those people who are totally clueless, what exactly are carne asada fries?

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They’re some of the most tasty fries you’ll ever eat. Plain and simple.

First, they start off with a generous portion of amazing potatoes topped with perfectly grilled meats.

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Typically, the fries are of the shoestring variety, but other cuts may be used, as well. The carne asada is usually finely chopped to avoid the need for a knife so you eat them as they’re supposed to be enjoyed – with greasy, dirty fingers.

In many places, especially in San Diego and LA, they’ll then get topped with a giant portion of beans and cheese.

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The cheese is commonly cotija, although many placesuse a less-costly shredded cheese mix which melts with the other ingredients and keeps longer.

They’re then finished off with some sour cream and guac, thus creating an explosion of flavor.

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Carne asada fries have a devout following on Twitter. Like some people just can’t help themselves.

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I mean lay it all out there girl. Now’s not the time for vergüenza.

And for some, they rather have carne asada fries in their belly than intimate human contact.

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I’m pretty sure we can all relate. Like I know I’ve been there.

Like you know a food is amazing when people take to Twitter to share their carne asada fries fan art.

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This. is. everything.

And although the original carne asada fries are literally life, there’s nothing wrong with experimentation.

We all know about carne asada fries. However, for all of you sweet vegetarians, use Hot Cheetos to change things up. Instead of using meat, this snack add another layer to the very popular french fries dish. You really can’t go wrong with fried potatoes, cheese, sour cream and Hot Cheetos.

READ: 15 Carne Asada Recipes That Will Have You Drooling Before The End Of This Post

These 20 Delicious Latino Snacks You Need To Be In Your Life Permanently

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These 20 Delicious Latino Snacks You Need To Be In Your Life Permanently

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Delicious Latino snacks are a part of every one of my childhood memories. There were things I ate and drank that were completely normal to me. As a result, it wasn’t until I went to college and pulled out the Tajín to put on, well, everything that I realized not everyone had the same affinity for tamarind and Tajín as I do. I realized many people had spent their entire lives deprived of the delicious Latino snacks that I’d taken for granted.

The best thing about these delicious snacks is that some are sweet, some are savory and some are most definitely going to have chili and lime but all are going to be uniquely delicious. There are delicious snacks for every craving.

1. Alfajores: Argentina

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Soft, delicate cookies made from cornstarch, Alfajores produce a smooth, satiny texture like no other, creamy dulce de leche fills this tender, crumbly cookie. Roll the edges of the finished cookies in flaked coconut or cover in chocolate for more deliciousness. Alfajores are next level delicious Latino snacks.

2. Yuca Frita: Cuba

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Who needs French fries when we’ve got yuca frita? Just as delicious with half the carbs. Most Colombian restaurants serve yuca frita with salsa rosada or your favorite dipping sauce.

3. Tequeños: Venezuela

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Get ready to say omg. Fried breaded cheese sticks with queso blanco in the middle are tequeños and they are absolutely addictive. They melt in your mouth.

Thanks to their versatility and ability to be eaten for breakfast or served as an appetizer, tequeños qualify as one of the most delicious snacks available.

Tequeños come in various sizes and with a variety of fillings such as bocadillo (guava candy) typical in Venezuela, Colombia and Panamá. In Venezuela, the tequeños are available with chocolate in the middle among other flavors and can be made of plantains or cassava instead of wheat flour.

4. Arepitas con queso: Colombia

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The arepa is a corn cake with a warm cheesy filling popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They were created as a staple of indigenous tribes to the area and the recipe has been passed down through generations. They are incredibly versatile and can be eaten on their own or filled with a number of delicious fillings.

5. Cucumbers with Chile and Lime: Mexico

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Is there any other way to eat cucumbers, aside from with Tajín? I don’t think I ever had a cucumber without chile y limón until I was a grown up. I eat all of my fruits and veggies with chile y limón any chance I get.

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I’m crazy for Tajín, and so are most Mexicans. I grew up putting it on pineapple, watermelon, oranges, cucumbers, mangoes corn and just about anything else you can think of. There is something about the combination of sweet fruit and tangy/sour Tajín that leaves you always wanting more of this delicious Latino snack.

7. Cancha: Peru

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Toasted and salted corn kernels called “canchita” is popular in Peru and Ecuador. Made with a special type of large-kernel corn called maíz chulpe or maíz cancha chulpe, cancha is the perfect snack on the go. The dried kernels are tossed with oil and toasted in a hot skillet until they are browned and puffed. A simple sprinkling of salt and this simple snack is ready to eat. Cancha is served best with ceviche or a cold beer.

8. Tostones: Dominican Republic

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These twice-fried green plantains salted and eaten like potato chips are a very popular snack in the Caribbean. In some regions, it is customary to dip them in mojo (a garlic sauce) or ají, or in Colombia, they are sometimes served with hogao sauce. They are often eaten with a paste-like dip made from black beans in Costa Rica. They are served topped with cheese as an appetizer, or with shrimp ceviche, pulled chicken, or avocado salad in other countries. Any way you eat these delicious snacks they are tasty.

9. Cuchuflíes: Chile

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Chilean “cuchuflíes” are barquillos wafers filled with manjar (dulce de leche). I’ve never had them but I hear that they are out of this world delicious and who doesn’t love dulce de leche?

10. Pupusas: El Salvador

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A traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling like cheese, refried beans, and seasoned pork,. Pupusas typically paired deliciously with curtido and salsa roja. They are meant to be eaten with your hands so have the napkins ready.

11. Cholado de Fruta: Colombia

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Shredded ice with fruit. A cholado is a cross between a frozen dessert, fruit cocktail, and a drink, and derives from El Valle region of Colombia. It is traditionally made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, condensed milk, passion fruit (maracuyá), Colombian blackberry (mora) syrup, and topped with shredded coconut and a maraschino cherry. It’s tangy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and fruity, all in one spoonful. You can make cholados with any type of fruit you like. The possibilities are endless.

12.Dulzura Borincana’s dulce de coco: Puerto Rico

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This snack is as popular stateside as it is in Puerto Rico. The good news is that it’s not so hard to find and taste for yourself. These coconut treats are flavorful, sweet and chewy. You only need to eat a couple of them to feel completely satisfied.

13. Pulparindo: Mexico

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The first time my girls laid eyes on Pulparindo they thought I was crazy. however, one taste and this deliciously scrumptious snack soon became their favorite thing. Made from the pulp of the tamarind fruit and flavored with sugar, salt, and chili peppers, Pulparindo has everything. It’s simultaneously tart, sweet, salty, and spicy.

14. Mangoneada: Mexico

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Mangoneada, Chamango, is a savory, sweet Mexican fruit drink. Chamoy sauce, mangos, lime juice, and chili powder make up the Mangoneada. A tamarind straw completes the drink. It is the Latino snack that will make you pucker your lips in pure bliss.

15. Mallorcas: Puerto Rico

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Mallorcas are Puerto Rican sweet rolls. Puffy, sweet and soft buns found all over the island. Some people use the mallorca as a sandwich roll for grilled ham and cheese. Consequently, at La Bombonera, purists prefer the coiled bun simply sliced in two, buttered and pressed flat between the hot steel plates of a griddle. Dust with a flurry of confectioners’ sugar..

16. Mamoncillo: multiple regions

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This green tropical fruit known as the mamoncillo is virtually unknown outside of the tropics. Small and green with a salmon-colored soft flesh, the mamoncillo fruit resembles a lime at first glance. However, the soft shell of the mamoncillo fruit easily opens.

Bottom line is that they are delicious and one of the most popular fruits in Latin America. They can be eaten alone or with salt and pepper. While some mamoncillos are sweeter than others, most of them are tart or sour tasting. Often in Mexico, lime juice and chile pair well with the more sour tasting mamoncillos.

17. Serenata de Amor: Brazil

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Aka “love serenade” is a Brazilian cashew candy. It’s a tasty treat filled with crunch, chocolate and lots of love! Serenata de Armor, which means “Serenade of Love” in Portuguese, is regarded by many to be the best Brazilian chocolate of all time. These chocolates have a cream and cashew-nut center, surrounded by crunchy wafers and an outer layer of milk chocolate.

18. Vero Mango: Mexico

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If you’re looking for a touch of sweet and spicy, then this is the snack for you. It’s a chili-covered, mango-flavored lollipop. You will notice that a lot of my favorite Latino snacks from Mexico involve chili, lemon or Tajín.

19. Mani Moto: Colombia

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Want the perfect balance between sweet and salty? Then you need a Mani Moto in your life. The crunchy Colombian snack is a nut within a tasty hardshell and highly addictive. You can’t just eat one of these snacks.

20. Tango: Ecuador

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These sinfully, sweet cream-filled cookies are sold in Ecuador and elsewhere in Latin America. Covered in chocolate or white chocolate, Tango makes your taste buds come alive. Plus, how can you beat a snack that is covered in chocolate? Chocolate is rich in antioxidants that help decrease the risk of heart disease.

READ: Here Are Some Of The Mexican Snacks, Drinks And Dishes You Need To Try When You’re At Disneyland

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