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Here Are 18 Latino Food Bloggers Making Your Favorite Dishes A Breeze To Create

“Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido” Digital Image. A Cozy Kitchen. 22 August 2018. / “IMG_5190.JPG” Digital Image. Cup My Cakez LA. 22 August 2018.

We’re not learning recetas like we used to. Sí, our mami’s have taught us how to make lo mejor arroz con frijoles on Earth (never argue that). Some of us stray from the traditional. Some of us need actual measurements to make anything edible (the “poquito’s de eso” just don’t cut it for the culinarily challenged).

Our generation is being taught by bloggers and por la comida, it’s no different. We’ve rounded up our favorite bloggers who make simple traditional cooking easy (read: LOTS of pictures), or add a vegan or gluten-free twist on our old favorites. Bookmark this page for easy referencing.

Pan de Muerto by Hungry Sofia

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Blink and it’s about to be November. Make your bones and eat them, too, with the elusive pan de muerto recipe laid out in plain English. You won’t need three months to learn how to make it. Have fun with it.

Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido by A Cozy Kitchen

CREDIT: “Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido” Digital Image. A Cozy Kitchen. 22 August 2018.

Peruvian-Colombiana Adrianna created Cozy Kitchen to share her take on traditional classics. Her goal? Make your food Instagramable and edible. I’m sold. Look at how delicious this acorn squash looks.

Pozole with Red Chile and Pork by Cella Alyssa

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Cella is a Los Angeles based obsessive foodie, and she writes about food like it’s an art form. Truly, her blog is, if nothing else, a beautiful read as she’s able to capture the humanness of creating food and the culture that surrounds it.

I mean, if you’re reading this, you already know that it’s more than just the food that draws us into the kitchen. It’s part of our identity.

Vegan Chiles Rellenos by Dora’s Table

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Dora’s Table is all plant-based and all traditional. That means you can cook your Mexicana mami a traditional meal without her guessing it’s vegan because Dora has already figured it all out. Gracias, Dora!

5. Rumba Hind Beef Shanks a Lo Cubano by Bren Herrera

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Bren Herrera is an Afro-Cubana who has found a way to make traditional cuisine the norm in her American house. When she writes about the food she makes, it’s filled with the flavor of her own family’s traditions, especially around the holidays. Plus, she makes the recipe easy for you to follow.

Chorizo Quiche Breakfast Muffins by Mole and More

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Bricia Lopez fuses Oaxacan tradition with American life like no other. Just listen to her take on these chorizo quiches:

“Brunch made me feel American, it allowed that little girl from Oaxaca like to feel welcomed in this country.  Food has the power to do that, doesn’t it?  It brings people and communities together.”

Lopez is bringing me straight to these quiche muffins like no other.

Heart of Palm Ceviche by Mexican Made Meatless

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Psh, you know Latinos have the meatless game on lock these days and it’s because it’s a way to decolonize our culture. With Latinos and African Americans at increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and other leading causes of death in the United States, we found a solution to being locked in food deserts: veganism.

Mexican Made Meatless doesn’t add a bunch of processed vegan protein. She keeps it simple, since most Mexican food is already naturally vegan.

Easy Picadillo with Potatoes by La Cocina de Leslie

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Alright, this is the opposite of vegan, but is the perfect example of how Leslie food blogs. Esa Mexicana was born and raised in California until she moved to Guadalajara when she was 17 years old and hasn’t left for decades. She makes traditional Mexican food, but she makes it fast to keep up with her busy lifestyle (read: she makes it easy).

Some other recetas include: Tortilla Wrapped Hot Dogs, Pizzadillas, Grilled Nopales con Queso, and Piña Colada Arroz con Leche.

Vegan Tostadas De Tinga With Tofu Queso Fresco by Vegana x Mexicana

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Vegana x Mexicana is one of the more famous vegana bloggers, and she’s worth noticing because she gave us vegan queso fresco. We basically worship the ground she walks on for letting us reap the rewards of her trial and error cooking.

On top of Mexican favorites, she also will create recipes for Chikn Pasta Salad, Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Boats and of course, Caldo de “Res” Vegano.

Woke Sancocho by Woke Foods

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A couple years ago, Ysanet Batista decided to quit her non-profit job and dive deep into food justice. Woke Foods now employs four women of color who cater for NGO’s, social justice conferences and put on free cooking classes for Washington Heights residents.

Ysanet Batista is a queer Afro-Domincana raised between the DR and Hialeah and she deserves all our support.

Sopes by Pati Jinich

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Pati Jinich is born and raised in Mexico and her obsession for Mexican food catapulting her into a self-made national public TV series called “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Also, no biggie, but she has a degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, so she has brilliant things to say. Check it out.

Molletes de Huevo con Chorizo y Aguacate by Muy Bueno

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Tejana Yvette is an Emmy winning producer and writer and wrote her first cookbook with her own mami. Her blog is a collection of photos of food and photos of su abuelita cooking in the kitchen. she shares her childhood memories of eating molletes for breakfast and how her mother was the “Leftover Queen”.

Beware: her very cute kids eating heart shaped empanadas will get your baby fever fired up.

Té de Bugambilia by The Other Side of the Tortilla

CREDIT: “How to make Mexican té de bugambilia (bougainvillea tea), via” Digital Image. The Other Side of the Tortilla. 22 August 2018.

Let’s move onto dessert shall we? But first, a blog that also captures homeopathic Mexican cures for flu season, dehydration, cough and sore throat. Just grab a handful of clean flowers from the bougainvillea vine, juice of two limes and honey. You’re cured.

Coconut Lime Bars by Vegan Turned On

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This is for you college students who don’t have time to become a chef, but do have access to graham crackers and condensed coconut milk and limes. It’s a layering game, and Vegan Turned On gives you step by step instructions to impress your friends with just a few ingredients, cada vez.

Cup My Cakez LA

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OK, so Cup My Cakez isn’t giving out her recipes but she’s dishing all the inspiration you could need to make a themed cake. If you live near LA, you can even give this Latina the business she deserves. I’m faking a birthday pretty soon for this occasion. You can, too. / Instagram

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17 year old “Jo”, as we know him, is always giving out tips and tricks on how he makes his famous, galactic smoothie bowls, but it’s not all in one blog. You have to follow him on Instagram to get it all.

Sugar-Free Besos de Moza by Peru Delights

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Like most Latin-American candy, it’s a big fat ball of sugar. If you’re like many Latinos and are Diabetes-friendly, this recipe will make you more unfriendly to Diabetes. Peru Delights is tradition based in present day reality, gracias a Dios.

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecakes with Candied Lime by Sweet Life Bake

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Last but not least, the sweetest fusion of drinks and dessert with none of the sugar. This recipes uses Truvia sugar replacer but there’s no replacing the Cointreau and tequila. That’s a vision of health right there. Dale.

READ: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Even The Monsters At Halloween Horror Nights Understand The Necessity Of Vegan Food

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Even The Monsters At Halloween Horror Nights Understand The Necessity Of Vegan Food

If you’re vegan or just a general foodie, you’re probably already thinking and obsessing about what you’re going to eat for dinner ten days from now. No question, if you’re going to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, you’re stressin‘, like your mami taught you. Like, will there be frijoles? Will they be vegan?

Hunnies, we got you covered. Here’s what we know about the “Stranger Things” themed throw down and all the vegan food and drinks at your bruja finger tips.

Let’s start with the alcohol:

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You grew up Latino so you’re already anxious at a baseline thanks to life being like a trip to Halloween Horror Nights. You never know when a chancla is about to be thrown your way.

Have a “Wicked Rad Punch” to take the edge off. It’s made of blueberry vodka, raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemonade and grenadine.

Totally L.I.T.

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HHN is rebranding the Long Island Iced Tea as “Totally L.I.T.” and it’s modern-day accurate. A combo of vodka, tequila, gin, rum with triple sec, lime, sour and Coca-Cola will have you laughing in ghouls’ faces.

Or have a “Gnarly Twist”

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Did you notice the plastic divider down the middle of the cup? That’s so that you can get half “L.I.T.” and half Wicked Rad and have a sweet and sour combo of the two. Don’t worry, it comes with a straw that let’s you dip into both flavors.

Need café?

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Well, I’m not sure if Starbucks truly counts as café, but it’s nearby and you can get the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino vegan if you ask for it with nondairy milk and no whip. You can look spooky with your black ice cream milkshake.

Get yourself a Duff beer.

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You freakin’ deserve it. When you’re starting to feel a little too stressed, a trip to Springfield (a.k.a. Simpson Land) will help you wind down. Especially with a dry ice accented Duff beer.

Get more spooky at Hogsmeade!

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That’s right. The pumpkin juice is vegan (and it should be). The only thing to be wary of is butterbeer, which is loaded up with dairy. The pumpkin juice though is a close second.

While you’re at the Three Broomsticks…

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Rumor has it that the asparagus plate (requested vegan) is the best thing on the menu, especially with a cup of pumpkin juice on ice.

 If you’re still hungry (no judgement)…

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You can also get the baked breakfast beans, potatoes and corn on the cub (sans mantequilla). Thank you, J.K. Rowling.

Snow Monster for your sweet thirst needs.

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City Walk is the greatest gift to vegans. Find Snow Monster on City Walk Hollywood and get the Vegan Thai Iced Tea. Yes, it comes with cotton candy.

 Demogorgon’s Totcho tater tot bliss is everything.

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We’re not going to lie to you. Universal’s HHN offerings are largely chicken and waffles, an ode to Eleven. That said, Demogorgon’s Totcho seems promising. It’s a twist on the classic nacho with piles of tater tots covered in spicy queso, chili, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream and scallions. Try asking for it with no queso or sour cream and we bet it’s veganized!

Pizza Fries

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Apparently, this is a KidZone offering, but we bet if you ask for it without the cheese and pepperoni, you’ll have your hands on a hot plate of crispy fries.

Pink’s Hot Dog has a secret vegan dog off-menu.

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This has only been confirmed at the Hollywood CityWalk. Orlando people, can you confirm? Remember, you won’t see it on the menu so don’t get discouraged.

Blaze Pizzas everywhere will save you.

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This isn’t just at HHN. Well, it actually isn’t at all. You’ll find this on CityWalk, but every Blaze Pizza in the country now offers Daiya cheese, so you can get fast food vegan pizza. It’s 2018 and some things have to work in our favor.

Don’t pass on Johnny Rockets.

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I know. When your crew wants to go somewhere that you know isn’t going to be vegan friendly, you’re a kill joy. Johnny Rockets is changing the narrative for ya. Get yourself the Streamliner Burger and fries.

Speaking of fries…

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You can get vegan fries at Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Gru’s Lab Café, Hollywood & Dine, Krusty Burger, Mel’s Diner, Jurassic Café, Camacho’s Cantina and so much more.

While you’re at Camacho’s, get yourself some vegetable fajitas (no cheese) and tostadas de nopales.

Fusion Bistro Sushi Sake

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Orlando folks, you’ve got yourself what looks like a delish Japanese option on CityWalk. There’s nothing better than getting out of the park, slumping in a seat and enjoying some lite fare.

Life hack: some Dippin’ Dots are vegan

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The Halloween one (which looks like this, plus Oreos) is not vegan. The most popular vegan flavor is the rainbow option. Other vegan flavors are: Rainbow Ice, Liberty Ice, Black Ice, Sour Blue Razz, Orange Ice, Blue Raspberry Ice, Lemon Ice, Lime Ice, Strawberry Ice, Mango-Pineapple Sorbet, and Strawberry Sorbet.

Dear God, then there’s Voodoo Doughnuts.

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If you’re vegan and you don’t already know about VooDoo, I’m shooketh. They offer both vegan and non-vegan options in all kinds of cute shapes. This HHN, their vegan offering is a gravestone. I’m about to eat my way to death on these.

Ben & Jerry’s: America’s New Vegan Safe Haven.

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Ben & Jerry’s is available at both CityWalk locations and they are stocking all the vegan flavors. You can go get yourself an Oreo fudge banana split and be as sugar-addicted as non-vegans. #Equality

These blood pops are vegan.

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If you’re a rarity and didn’t sleuth a bunch of Mexican candy and De la Rosa into the park with you, then HoneyDukes has you covered on the candy front with vegan Blood Pops!

READ: These 20 Coveted Candies Only Latinos Give Out Are Always Halloween Gold

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