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21 Atkins Friendly Recipes That Will Fill Your Latino Soul

The Atkins diet helps your body transition from burning carbs to burning fat, but who says you can’t enjoy a little flavor with every meal? High proteins and fats are staples for any Latinx enthusiast, so get ready for some recipes that are made with lots of love and zero carbs. Are you ready for the best meals of your life?

Let’s break out the Tapatio and get started.

1. Salsa Verde

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A truly Mexican dish is not complete without a low carb salsa verde. Of course, you can hit up your local grocery store and buy a jar, but making your own gives you an authentic taste that your abuela will be proud of. Plus, it’s super easy to make:

Ingredients

6 cups of tomatillos

1 cup assorted whole chili peppers

1 tbsp dried onion flakes

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

sprinkle salt and pepper

Instructions

Lay out tomatillos and peppers on a cooking tray. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes, roasting until charred. Turn over and roast for an additional 3 mins. When finished, place them in a blender, add onion flakes and cilantro,  then blend until smooth. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Chill then serve. Or Netflix and chill. Your call.

Adapted from ibreatheimhungry.com

2. Low-Carb Huevos Rancheros

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El Torito can’t compete with huevos rancheros like this. For a truly low-carb version, replace the beans with extra avocado or a meat substitute, like chorizo or ground beef.

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 chopped red bell pepper

1/2 chopped yellow onion

1 minced jalapeno

1 diced tomato

1 sliced avocado

sprinkle of cilantro

Instructions

Heat half of the coconut oil on medium. Then add garlic, bell pepper, onions, and jalapeno and saute until the peppers are soft and the onions are see through. Throw in the tomatoes and continue to stir for 5 minutes. Remove the contents to a separate plate and let cool. Next, use the same and add remaining oil into the pan. Fry the eggs sunny side up until the whites are cooked. Top the veggies with the cooked eggs and smother in cilantro and avocado slices.

Adapted from dietdoctor.com

3. Cheesy Enchiladas

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If you’re looking for a gut-busting meal after a tough workout, then look no further. These cheesy enchiladas will pack on the protien and keep you fueled for the next workout.

Ingredients

1 can of enchilada sauce

10 pack of flax tortillas

1 bag of shredded, cheddar cheese

1 pound of shredded chicken

1/2 bunch of green onions, diced

chopped cilantro

Instructions

Heat your enchilada sauce on a medium heat and add salt to taste. While the sauce cooks, shred your chicken and season with salt and pepper. Once the sauce tastes good, turn the heat off so it doesn’t become too thick. Next, preheat your oven to 350 F and coat a baking dish with a little bit of sauce.

For each tortilla, add 2 tbsp of shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of shredded chicken (on top of cheese). Roll the tortilla and place it seam side down inside the dish. Repeat until ingredients are gone. Add leftover chicken on top of the tortillas then smother everything with the sauce.  Sprinkle leftover cheese on top with green onions. Bake for 30 minutes, then garnish with cilantro, avocado, or sour cream.

Adapted from lowcarbmaven.com

4. Low-Carb Nachos

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The only one reason why nachos are typically so high in carbohydrates: the tortilla chips. As delicious as they are, they can disrupt your diet in a heartbeat. Thankfully, you can use low-carb tortillas to offset the problem and keep your favorite Mexican flavors alive!

Ingredients

1 bag of low-carb tortilla chips

1 pound shredded Mexican blend cheese

Optional ingredients: 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, or pork

Optional ingredients: 1 can black beans or pinto beans (strained)

2 diced tomatoes

1 sliced jalapeno

1 can of corn (strained)

1 sliced avocado

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Next, begin cooking your protein choice over the stove until cooked thoroughly; salt and pepper to taste. While that cooks, dice and slice your vegetables and prepare the canned goods. After the oven is ready, spread out the tortilla chips evenly on the cooking sheet and cover them with half of the shredded cheese.

Take your cooked protein and cover the chips evenly, then add your remaining toppings in whatever order you choose. Cover everything with the leftover cheese and back in the oven for 10 minutes (until cheese melts). Serve with slices avocado, sour cream, or salsa.

Adapted from lovefromtheoven.com

5. Carne Asada Street Tacos

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Simple to make and easy to scarf down! Whether you’re on the go or in need of a late-night power meal, these carne asada street tacos will not disappoint.

Ingredients

2 pounds of flank steak or beef flap

Low-carb tortilla shells

2 jalepenos

1 yellow onion

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 cup water

Avocado oil

Salt and pepper to taste

cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Thinly slice the steak and place it in a mixing bowl with garlic, cumin, and a tbsp of avocado oil. Place marinade in the fridge. Next, slice the jalapenos and half of the onion. Dice the other onion half and save for garnish.  Then place a skillet on high heat, along with a tbsp of avocado oil. After a minute or two, add the steak from the fridge with the onion and jalapenos and cook until browned. Add more oil if necessary.

When finished, serve in low-carb tortillas and top with cilantro/onion garnish. You can also add guacamole, salsa, sour cream, or lime.

Adapted from ketomidwest.com 

6. Avocado Toast

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Finding a breakfast with enough kick is certainly challenge, but avocado toast packs in tons of healthy fat and protein without sacrificing a lot of time.

Ingredients

1 slice of flax sprouted grain bread

1 haas avocado

1 large egg

cooking spray

Hot sauce (your choice)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pop your bread in the toaster and coat your frying pan with the cooking spray. Turn the stove on medium heat and crack in your egg. Cover the pan and let the egg cook until your preference. Next, scoop out your avocado and mash it in a bowl. When the toast is done, spread the avocado over it and cover with your fried egg. Add salt and pepper, douse in hot sauce, the world is your oyster.

Adapted from skinnytaste.com

7. Guacamole Salad

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Guacamole by itself is still incredible, but making it into a full-blown salad is like guacamole on steroids. High fats, full stomachs, can’t lose.

Ingredients

4 avocados, sliced

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1 jalapeno, diced

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/4 cup avocado oil

1 lime, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Toss the avocados, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and jalapeno into a salad bowl. Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Mix the lime juice and olive oil in a small bowl then pour over salad. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

8. Low-Carb Fish Tacos

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All you need is a little lime and cilantro, and your cod or mahi mahi fish tacos will be out of this world. Plus, going low-carb is super simple with low-carb tortillas. Check it out:

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cod

1 pack low-carb tortillas

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp minced onion

2 limes, juiced

Cole slaw

2 cups cabbage

3 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cub cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper

Instructions

Mix your spices, 1/2 lime juice, onion, and 1/2 olive oil in a small bowl. Spread it over the fish filets and let sit for 20 minutes. Then, mix the cabbage, cole slaw, cilantro, 1/2 olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime juice together in another bowl. Grease a frying pan with more olive oil (whatever you have) and cook the fish on high heat for 5 minutes each side. When finished, let it cool and break it apart with a fork. Heat tortillas, add fish, douse with slaw mixture and start munching.

Adapted from thefoodieaffair.com

9. Low-Carb Churros

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Remember those days when you could grab a glass or horchata and a fresh churro from the local carneceria? Well, now you can relive those moments with a low-carb churro recipe that tastes even better.

Ingredients

2 cups safflower oil

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup almond flower

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Instructions

Grab a sauce pan and heat water, butter, and salt to a boil. Next, mix in the almond flour and stir over low heat until a ball forms. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs until everything is smooth. Then, in a separate skillet, heat the oil on high. Fill a decorator’s tube with the batter and squeeze 4-inch strips into the hot skillet. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Afterwards, drain the oil, mix sugar and cinnamon together and shake the churros in it until coated.

Adapted from lowcarbsmeal.com

10. Mexican Style Grilled Fish

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A delicacy from the Yucatan, this grilled dish can be made with black bass or red snapper. With a few minor adjustments, you can basically toss it on the grill and start eating.

Ingredients

4 pound whole fish with head and scales (black bass or red snapper)

5 lemons (2 cups of juice)

1 Serrano chili

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Filet the fish at the belly down to the backbone, but do not cut all the way through. The fish should open like a book when finished. Place the fish on baking sheet or tray, open the fish until flat, and push the bone layer down to one side. Next, mix lemon juice and Serrano chili in a blender then pour over the fish. Press the juice into the body and layer with Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt. Let the fish marinate for 30 minutes before grilling. Secure fish to a grilling rack over hot coals with the skin side down. Glaze with additional juice and grill for 45 minutes.

Adapted from bigoven.com

11. Breakfast Burrito

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All the other kids had Lunchables and sandwiches at school, but your parents packed you burritos. How cool is it that you can keep the nostalgia going with your very own Atkins friendly version? Pretty darn amazing.

Ingredients

2 low-carb tortillas

4 large eggs

1/4 tsp red pepper

1 tbsp canola oil

3 tbsp bell pepper

2 tbsp scallions

1 jalapeno

Tabasco sauce

Salt to taste

Salsa

Instructions

Mix together eggs, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Place a skillet over medium heat and warm up the tortillas. When finished, keep them covered. Next, dice the veggies and jalapeno. Throw them in the skillet with oil and cook for 3 minutes. Then you’ll add the eggs and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, divide the contents into your tortillas and roll them up. Add hot sauce or salsa to taste.

Adapted from atkins.com

12. Pepper Jack Quesadillas

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Even though the Mexican cheese from Chihuahua is best, these pepper jack quesadillas will hit the spot after a long day. Just use a low-carb tortilla and you’re good to go.

Ingredients

6 low-carb tortillas

2 tbsp canola oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup pepper jack cheese

2 medium onions

Instructions

Break out your skillet and grease it with the oil over medium heat. Dice the onions and cook them with the salt until translucent (10 minutes). Put them in a small bowl and set aside. Arrange your tortillas on a flat surface, fill with cheese and onions, then fold them over into a half circle. Cook each one on medium heat in the skillet until browned on each side. Remove onto a cutting board and cut into wedges.

Adapted from atkins.com

13. Cauliflower Pork Tamales

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The only way to truly eat tamales is if you make them yourself. Your abuela knows what I’m taking about. Ask her for some advice if you get lost with this one.

Ingredients

Cauliflower rice and coconut flour for dough

1 pounds cubed pork (boneless)

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup salsa verde

2 eggs

1/3 cup cheddar cheese

Salt to taste

Instructions

Sear the pork in a skillet on medium heat with the butter and add the cilantro. Dump in the salsa verde and slow cook for 45 minuets. Once tender, shred with a fork inside the pan. Preheat oven to 450 F. Combine your dough ingredients (eggs, cauliflower rice, coconut flour, cheese) in a mixing bowl until pasty. Then, grease some foil squares and spread a small amount of dough into a rectangle. Place a small amount of pork in the center, then cover with another layer of dough. Seal the edges with your fingers. Wrap the tamales in the foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Next, remove from oven and open the top of each wrapper. Bake again for another 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with your favorite topping and enjoy.

Adapted from beautyandthefoodie.com

14. Low-Carb Fajitas

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I wonder why more people aren’t making fajitas these days? They are literally the easiest thing to make and taste delicious. Throw some pico de gallo or guacamole on there and fall into a food coma. Let’s get started.

Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil

4 low-carb tortillas

2 bell peppers, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 oz canned diced pimento pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 pound sliced chicken breast

2 tsp fajita seasoning

Instructions

Grease a skillet and toss in the veggies. Cook until tender and then remove and set aside. Add another tsp of oil and put skillet on medium heat. Toss in the chicken and cook thoroughly. Arrange your tortillas on a flat surface, add finished chicken as a base, then cover with veggies. Add cheese or other toppings and start munching!

Adapted from easyhealthllc.com

15. Mexican Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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Your Latinx soul will be revived with every sip of this cultural nectar. Creamy red pepper, your choice of meat, lots of herbs and spices. How can you go wrong? Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 cup onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, chopped

1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

Various spices, cumin, oregano, chili powder (your choice)

4 cups vegetable stock

Your choice of other veggies (bell peppers, cilantro, basil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Grab a soup pot and heat with olive oil on medium. Throw in your onions, garlic, and jalapeno and cook for 3 minutes. Next, add the peppers and other spices. Cook for 2 minutes. Then you’ll add the veggie stock and bring everything to a boil. Leave the pot partially covered and remove from heat for 5 minutes. Transfer the soup to a blender or stir with a whisk to make it creamy. Put the soup back in the pot and toss in other veggies. Cook for 3 more minutes, add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy.

Adapted from myfooddiary.com

16. Mexican Zucchini Skillet

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Sometimes it’s easier to just throw everything in a pan and let it cook. When you’re getting home late after a long day, this Mexican zucchini skillet will curb your appetite.

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, sliced and quartered

1 1/2 pound of chicken breast, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

Your choice of herbs and spices (chili powder, cumin, onion powder, red pepper flakes)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook your chicken breast in a skillet on medium heat with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until chicken is done. Next, toss in your tomatoes and spices and cook for another 10 minutes on low heat. Finally, add your zucchini and cover the skillet for 10 more minutes until zucchini is tender.

Adapted from lowcarbyum.com

17. Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Your Mexican meal isn’t complete unless you have a side of Spanish rice to go alone with it. Thankfully, you can still have the flavors you want with this low-carb alternative.

Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced,

1 tsp cumin

2 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

Remove the stem from cauliflower and cut into chunks. Next, pulse the chunks in a food processor. Then you’ll heat up a large skillet with the oil on medium. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the cauliflower and cumin, mixing it well to coat with the oil. Finally, add the tomato paste and chicken broth and crank the heat onto high. Cook until the paste dissolves.

Adapted from wholesomelicious.com

18. Mexican Cauliflower Pizza

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That’s right. Mexican flavors meet Italian flair with this low-carb, tasty dish. Buy some pre-made cauliflower crust from your local grocery store and load it up with your favorite toppings. It’s that simple.

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground beef (or other favorite protein)

1 pack of taco seasoning

1 pack of shredded Mexican cheese

1 jar salsa verde

1 pre-made cauliflower pizza crust

Your choice of toppings (veggies, spices, salsa, guacamole, etc.)

Instructions

Cook your protein in a skillet on medium heat with olive oil and taco seasoning. Mix thoroughly and cook until browned. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F and lay out your cauliflower crust. Spoon out a moderate amount of salsa verde onto the crust and distribute evenly until coated. Then layer over it with the protein choice. Next, sprinkle cheese and other desired toppings. When finished, bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is browned. Remove and let cool before serving.

Adapted from wickedstuff.com

19. Cheesy Mexican Casserole

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Just a word of caution, you may not be able to get off the couch when you’re finished with this meal. Make room for that food baby and rock yourself to sleep afterwards. Buenas noches!

Ingredients

2 pounds of ground beef (or any protein you like)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can condensed mushroom soup

1 can condensed chicken soup

8 low-carb tortillas (6-inch)

1 can green chilies, chopped

16 oz bag of cheddar cheese, shredded

3 cups lettuce, shredded

1 tomato, chopped

Instructions

Heat a large skillet on medium then crumble the beef into it and start cooking. Cook until browned and drain the excess juice. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Next, both soups and a half can of water. Meanwhile, line a baking dish with 4 low-carb tortillas, ripped in pieces. Create a base layer of 1/2 meat mixutre, 1/2 cheese, and 1/2 chilies. Cover with remaining tortillas in the same way and layer again. Bake in oven at 325 F for 45 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes.

Adapted from sargento.com

20. Chicken Taco Soup

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There’s no better cure on earth than a hot bowl of chicken soup. Unfortunately, Campbell’s can only do so much, so here’s a Mexican twist that will perk you right up. The best part: it’super easy to make!

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 celery stalks, chopped

4 roma tomatoes, diced

2 jalapenos, diced

Various seasonings (cumin, oregano, paprika)

8 cups chicken broth

1 lime, juiced

Cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste

Instructions 

Saute the onions and celery in the olive oil until tender. Next, chop up the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Then you’ll dump everything in the pot and simmer for an hour on medium heat. When it’s finished, sprinkle cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Add a scoop of sour cream or avocado to really make it pop.

Adapted from livingchirpy.com

21. Avocado Chickpea Salad

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Avocados and chickpeas are some of the most protein-packed foods you can eat, so naturally, a Mexican-style salad is must! When that mid-day lull comes around, this vegan meal will keep you energized.

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas

1 avocado, scooped out

2 tbsp lemon juice

Various herbs and spices (onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, etc.)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Throw the chickpeas and avocado into a food processor or mash them with a fork. Next, add the lemon juice and your desired spices. You can then eat the salad by itself or make it into a wrap! You can also leave everything whole and slice the avocado, rather than blending it. Add salt and pepper to taste at the end.

Adapted from karissasvegankitchen.com

Mexican Food is the Best!

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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