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This Mom Has Gone Viral For Making and Passing Out Hundreds of Tortas to Mexico’s Impoverished Citizens Every Week

Moms are truly our greatest allies. They’re the people who we go to first when we’re in trouble. They’re the ones who always have the best advice and the warmest love. It’s not just their own children they offer this maternal affection to. Think about all the tias, abuelas and other women in your life who have in some way ⁠— big or small ⁠— given you kindness and support when it’s really mattered. It’s those women we talk about when we extol the virtues of maternal nature. That considerate giving of oneself is what we can always depend on from these women. 

An especially valid example of this is the weekly service one mother performs for the hungry and impoverished in her local community. 

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Earlier this month, Twitter user Beatriz (@guera_trizz) shared a video of her mother passing out sandwiches and tortas to long lines of calmly waiting people in her Mexican neighborhood. In the caption, Beatriz explained that her mother assembles and serves hundreds of sandwiches to the hungry every week. Her mother, Joy, makes the sandwiches herself with her own funds and labor ⁠— asking for nothing in return for this good deed. Instead, every week, she does what mothers do best: she feeds those who are not always able to feed themselves. 

On Twitter, responses to Joy and her torta philanthropy were extremely supportive and Twitter users began asking how they could help her efforts. 

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Expressing their appreciation for Joy, many tweets suggested that a GoFundMe or some other donation system be set up in effort to contribute funds to her weekly sandwich offerings. Soon after these responses began to come in, Beatriz set up a GoFundMe in her mother’s honor. In the week that it has been active, Joy’s sandwich fund has raised more than $2,100 thanks to nearly 180 contributors. That’s a whole lot of tortas for a lot of hungry people!

Others on Twitter were quick to praise Joy and thank her for being a good role model and such a giving force in her community.

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Many responses to Beatriz’s initial tweet called Joy “an angel,” “a blessing” and “a queen.” Some Twitter users suggested that people like Joy should always be fully funded in order to carry out their missions while others expressed the hope to one day join in and personally help with this wonderful cause.

One tweet by @SessiStassia suggested other ways that Joy’s fans can help if they are unable to contribute to her fund. 

“For anyone who is not in a position financially to donate to the awesome GoFundMe that’s set up, remember that your local food bank or soup kitchen would love even one afternoon of your time to volunteer. Even if you can donate, consider emulating this angel & her good works.” 

Beatriz also posted a follow-up video of her mom once the initial tweet went viral.

In the short video, Beatriz says to her mother, “Ma, you’re famous; what do you think?” In response, Joy says, “That’s good,” while giving a peace sign and thumbs up. Of course, this video ⁠— along with her charity ⁠—  just made the internet love her even more. 

“She’s so pretty and sweet…I’m obsessed,” one person tweeted while another followed up with, “I’m sorry ma’am. But she is OUR mother now. We are all adopting her and we’re all proud and you’re just gonna have to deal with it!”

Joy’s weekly food donations come at a time when Mexico is feeling some of its most difficult economic pressures. 

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In December of 2019, Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took over as the country’s leader. One of his first acts as president was to cancel the construction of a $13Billion airport that would have benefited the private sector and the economy as a whole. The first leftist president Mexico has seen in its modern era, AMLO has hoped to stabilize the country’s economy by slashing spending. Unfortunately, this has stalled the economy instead. Additionally, the issues that Mexico has had with the repeal of NAFTA has impacted the country’s ability to export to Canada and America ⁠— a business that it greatly depends upon. 

Mexico also has one of the worst class distributions in the developed world. The richest citizens have 14 times as much income as the poorest and food accessibility is a problem. The mass migration of displaced people from Central America has also resulted in more individuals in need of resources like food and shelter. 

It’s people like Joy who are actively helping those who most need it. Let’s take this charitable lesson and apply it to positively impact our own communities. It’s sure to make Mamá Joy proud.

WATCH: Singer Cuco Is Teaching Fans How To Make Authentic Enchiladas Verdes From His Abuelita

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WATCH: Singer Cuco Is Teaching Fans How To Make Authentic Enchiladas Verdes From His Abuelita

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Cuco may have become synonymous with dreamy Spanish indie bedroom pop, but he can also make some mean enchiladas verdes just like his abuelita used to make. In a recent recipe video by Tasty, Cuco explains how he got his name. “Cuco came from my mom saying I was crazy, like “coocoo,” cause I was a goofy kid. My grandparents speak Spanish, so they would say I was el Cuco,” he tells Tasty. The 21-year-old singer wanted to show us how to make proper enchiladas verdes because it’s the food he grew up eating, thanks to his mom, and has become one of his favorite dishes.

Here’s Cuco’s recipe, and all the other Mexicanos telling him that their abuela makes it different.

Start with fresh tomatillos, serrano peppers, and garlic.

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I repeat. Cuco does not buy canned or jarred enchilada verde salsa. He makes them like a true abuela.

“If you want your salsa to be spicy, you can up the number of serrano peppers. If you like it more mild, I recommend using maybe like one or just like half a serrano pepper. You can also remove the seeds,” Cuco advises his Tasty viewers. “I personally like spicy, so I put serrano peppers to make it hot.”

Cuco isn’t about seedless salsa verde, y’all. He also reveals that he knows more than just how to make good enchilada verde salsa. He knows the why of it all.

“The reason we boil the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and the serrano peppers, is because we want to maintain the green color. If we were to roast the ingredients, we’d get more of a browner salsa,” he says in the video, casually blowing our uneducated minds.

After boiling everything to your liking, you just blend it all up in a blender, adding water until it becomes the consistency you want in a good enchilada salsa. Then, add the mixture to a pan and saute to bring out the flavors even more. Voila! You’ve made salsa verde. Now, add a thin layer at the bottom of your baking dish.

Don’t be lazy. Fry your tortillas for Cuco-approved enchiladas.

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“It’s definitely worth taking extra time to fry tortillas. A crispier tortilla is more likely to hold its shape while baking and the enchiladas will be less mushy,” Cuco sagely offers like an abuelita would. “After you finish frying your tortillas, you’ll dip them in the remaining salsa. This will make them easier to roll and ensure they won’t dry out while baking,” he added, proving tradition runs deep in this indie artist.

Once you dip the fried tortillas in the salsa, you just to add shredded rotisserie chicken (or the vegan meat of your choice) to the center of the tortilla, and roll.

“We’re using rotisserie chicken here but this recipe is also good if you have any kind of leftover chicken you’re trying to get rid of,” Cuco says, reaching full hay-comida-en-la-casa status at the mention of leftovers.

After you’ve rolled the tortillas, you’ll want to take Cuco’s advice and “be sure to arrange them seam-side down” in the baking dish, so that “they’ll continue to hold its shape and filling during baking.” Top the enchiladas with the remaining salsa verde, and heap plenty of cheese on top. “I go crazy with the cheese. It’s just fire,” Cuco confesses to the outlet. Put it in the oven and broil for 3 minutes. Top off the cooked dish with cilantro and crema to help balance the spices of the salsa verde, and you’ve got yourself Cuco-approved enchiladas verdes.

Cuco thinks its “crucial” for people to try real Mexican food.

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“I think it’s just really crucial to go try Mexican food if you haven’t tried it before because it expands beyond tacos,” he urged Tasty fans. “Tacos are good but there’s a lot more really good dishes in the culture – enchiladas verdes, chilaquiles, tortas, pozole. There’s good food everywhere. It’s good to know where the good food spots are at in your city.” 

Cuco has proven to be a master of both English-language and Spanish-language indie pop music, often gifting us Latino-American Spanglish speakers the gift of Spanglish love songs. We’re even more in love with you, Cuco, given the way to our collective heart is good abuelita food. “I think food really connects people. Music and food are both like art,” Cuco himself said in the Tasty video. That makes Cuco a Renaissance Abuelo.

Watch the full video below.

Enchiladas Verdes Con Pollo As Made By Cuco

Watch as Cuco teaches us how to make his family's delicious enchiladas verdes, made easy with rotisserie chicken and homemade salsa. Follow Cuco on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cucopuffs

Posted by Tasty on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

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15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

When Swedish model Hilla Abrahamson spent her first moments of the year being drenched by a bottle of champagne:

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She really took poppin’ bottles to the extreme.

When this little boy tried to place a couple of rogue water bottles back where they belonged . . . and then this happened:

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He was just trying to be helpful!

When Space X’s Mk1 Starship failed its nitrogen pressure test:

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Just last month, SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype suffered a major structural failure on its Boca Chica launchpad in South Texas. Looks like the Mk1 won’t make it to the moon (or Mars), after all.

The time someone stamped this on at least one $5 bill:

Yeah…that’s definitely not the White House. Although, let’s be real—even if it was, Trump barely even lives there. He owns a long list of properties, and until September of this year, he listed New York as his primary state of residence. Since then, his primary residence has been listed as Mar-a-Lago, Florida—not Washington, D.C.

When this person tried to get a pentagram tattoo, but ended up repping the Star of David:

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There’s nothing wrong with getting a Star of David tattoo, especially if it holds special meaning for someone. But if your aim was a pentagram . . . well, those symbols mean very different things. At least this person didn’t notice until someone broke the news to her.

Oh, and the time Ariana Grande got the kanji for “Japanese BBQ Grill”—later “Japanese BBQ Finger”—tattooed on her hand:

Poor Ari . . . it’s an honest mistake, and she’s definitely not the only person to get a badly translated tattoo. This whole ordeal was truly an epic saga for the internet, though. In case you missed it: Ariana Grande wanted to get a Japanese kanji tattoo to celebrate the release of her album Seven Rings. But when her tattoo was finished, it quickly became clear that it read “shichirin,” which means is a Japanese-style grill. Later, when she misinterpreted advice from her Japanese tutor and tried to edit the original tat, she ended up with ink that now means “Japanese BBQ finger.” Yikes.

When a street in Brooklyn was mysteriously covered in raw chicken, with no explanation:

BuzzFeed tried to investigate this bizarre occurrence, but still hasn’t come up with answers. Whether the chicken fell off a delivery truck or was placed there as experimental art . . . this was an undeniably epic fail.

When Joe Biden said he wasn’t ready to legalize marijuana, and Cory Booker responded like this:

Joe Biden’s stance on marijuana is seen as a problem by many reform advocates. Not only does the criminalization of marijuana put Black and Latino folks at a disproportionate risk of incarceration, but it can create difficulties for people who require the use of medicinal marijuana products. However, Cory Booker’s response, though it definitely drew laughs, apparently got him in trouble with his mom.

She allegedly responded like so:

“Did you really accuse the vice president of the United States of smoking marijuana on national TV? Did I raise you better than that?”

When this hamster was photographed “eating oats” and “not” engaging in illicit activities:

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Suuuuure.

The time an audience member of RuPaul’s talk show won a ticket to see Paula Abdul in Vegas and reacted like this:

Maybe this woman was uncomfortable being in the spotlight. Either way, please note how Paula is clapping. Please also note how this woman just does not react. Hilarious.

When teens were doing the #KylieJennerChallenge to the horror of dermatologists everywhere:

In response to the #KylieJennerChallenge, dermatologists warned against its dangers. Turns out treating your lips this way can not only produce immediate bruising and swelling, but it can also damage the collagen in your lips and make them even less plump in the future.

When a large, mildly-poisonous snake escaped inside the Bronx zoo:

Did they ever find it? We don’t know.

When the fortune cookie factory forgot to hire a proofreader:

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When this Twitter user almost burned down her house on Thanksgiving:

She didn’t even get to calm down with a piece of pumpkin pie! Well, better to burn the dessert than your entire house.

When Trump tried to get away with abuse of power that may end up in impeachment (oops!):

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