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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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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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