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9 Mexican Food Gadgets That Are Both Amazing and Also Like WTF?!

Mexican food has been prepared the same way for generations, with a lot of love and a lot of muscle. BUT we searched the Internet to find the weirdest (and some are just straight-up genius) products out there that are changing the way people cook Mexican food.

The world’s first TORTILLA TOASTER.

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This machine that looks like a time-traveling machine can warm and toast up to six tortillas at the same time and fast. Does it give us “Back To The Future” vibes? Yes, but that’s just another reason to try it.

Avocado Slicer

This interesting-looking utensil is a knife, pit remover and slicer all in one. It’s also includes an avocado saver that will keep the other half of your avocado fresh for later.

Taco Holder with Handles

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I know what you’re thinking, this was probably created for a hard taco, but hear me out. If you want a crunchy taco, but don’t want a fried taco, pop some fresh tortillas on this gadget, throw it in the oven for a few minutes and voila! You’ll end up with crunchy, tacos without all the grease. This is also perfect for soft tacos not to get soggy. Just throw them on this little holder thing with the salsa on top and watch how your tortillas won’t crumble.

Dash Compact Airfryer

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While we’re on the topic of not frying stuff, this air fryer can be used to make empanadas, flautas and other Mexican meals you usually use oil for. We’re not promising that they will taste the same but it might help you get closer to your summer bod goals.

Zarape Coasters

Not technically a gadget, but definitely something that will add color to your kitchen.

Glass Rimming Station

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If you’re big on entertaining, this glass rimming station will help you to make beautifully-crafted drinks that can be customized based on preference. You want salt on the rim? Done. You want sugar on the rim? Done. You want Tajín on the rim? Done!

Veggie Chopper

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If you’re moving out for the first time, we can’t stress this enough, this is the one gadget that will make your life easier. You’ll be able to whip out dinner faster, make salsas on the fly, and if you’re into meal prepping, this is a must.

Elote Holder

We all know the feeling: you’re eating your elote and you feel the mayonnaise dripping down your arm. It’s the worst. With these little holders you can enjoy your elote without getting messy.

Plastic Bag Holder

If you’re over 20 years old, you’ve probably noticed a pattern of wanting to save every plastic bag you’ve encountered. In the medical field we call that symptoms of Señoreando.

So there you go, these are some of our favorite, most interesting Mexican kitchen products that we found on Amazon. Let us know how much you liked them if you’ve tried them. Also be sure to share your favorite recs in the comments below.

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Exclusive: 'On My Block' Co-Creator Eddie Gonzalez Discusses How His Childhood Came To Life On The Show

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Exclusive: ‘On My Block’ Co-Creator Eddie Gonzalez Discusses How His Childhood Came To Life On The Show

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Netflix’s original series ‘On My Block’ has won praise from both audiences and critics for striking a balance between portraying the grit of the inner city, as well as the fierce friendships and happy moments that come during the teen years.

The show’s second season premiered on March 29 and from the beginning, one of its first scenes showed the gut-wrenching reality of gun and gang violence many face in the inner city.

The authenticity and creative vision of the show is thanks in part to co-creator Eddie Gonzalez.

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The spirit of inclusivity Gonzalez and his team cultivate in the writers’ room allows ideas to flourish. Associate producer Alexi Gonzalez says she hasn’t felt that kind of support and understanding at her previous job. She added that executive producer Lauren Iungerich is receptive to the ideas she has to give and always gives her credit for ideas. which helps foster a positive creative work environment.

“From the first day in the writer’s room, that environment was set and it remained. That was the rule of the land that everyone gets to speak here and everything is taken into consideration,” Alexi Gonzalez says.

The genesis for the show came from Eddie Gonzalez’s own upbringing living in a neighborhood where gangs resided, and he wanted to show those experiences in all of its authenticity for On My Block.

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Gonzalez, alongside associate producer Alexi Gonzalez, story consultant Walter Finnie, post-production producer Arlyn Richardson, and production designer Kay Lee, revealed what it’s like working behind-the-scenes in the writers’ room in this Netflix ‘Make a Scene’ roundtable to bring those childhood experiences come alive from production design details to getting the script right when dealing with sensitive topics.

In the video, he shares he brought pictures of his mom’s kitchen to inspire Lee, and that he wanted the design to remind him of what he remembers his mom’s house smelling like—love.

That nostalgia of Gonzalez’s kitchen that was achieved through placement of El Pato cans and tostadas is something Lee nailed. She said she deeply understands the immigrant experience and having that smell in the house due to her Korean heritage.

Mentoring and being an example for people of color who come after him is a big deal to Gonzalez.

“For me, every day I go to work and whatever I create down the line, I think there is a kid who was born in Compton like me or who grew up in Lynwood, who is thinking, ‘I can do that same thing,’” he said.

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