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These Latino Snacks Are Spicy, Salty, And Vegan

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Making the choice to be vegan doesn’t mean you should live a life of flavorless snacking. Vegan Latinos can tell you many of the tasty snacks we know and love are also vegan friendly. Your mom might call it cochinero, but you can clap back by telling her they’re both green and kind to animals.

Chow down on any of these nine vegan Latino snacks!

1. Takis Fuego and Takis Nitro

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Yup. The greatest snack on the planet is also vegan. But, only in the U.S. Takis is other countries may have non-vegan ingredients so make sure to check the nutrition information before ripping into a bag, just to be safe.

2. Tajín

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The plastic on the top of the bottle says “this is not a candy,” but we all know different. We snack on Tajín like candy. We even add it to candy. Hell, we add it to everything! Whether it’s fruit, beer, oysters, ceviche or ice cream, Tajín makes basically everything more delicious! That’s why they invented mini bottles you can carry in your pocket – for necessary on-the-go Tajín-ing.

3. Speaking of candy…

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Every single candy you see here☝? is vegan! Whaaaaat! So when you’re 15 Pulparindos deep and about to top it off with a Pico dumped into a Pelón, you can rest assured you’ve harmed no animals in the process of wrecking your stomach.

4. Speaking of things that are sort of candy and you can also put on candy…

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Chamoy! Again, make sure to check the label because each brand makes their chamoy a little different. But, for the most part, chamoy is a vegan snackers BFF. And really, this opens the door for all sorts of veganized chamoy and Tajín-inclusive snacks! Is your mouth watering yet?

5. Cacahuate Japones

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Aside from the offensive packaging, cacahuates japoneses are probably the best snack on the planet. They’re crunchy, salty and ever so slightly spicy – everything that makes a snack amazing.

5. Papitas Preparadas

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Oh helllll yesssss. Papitas preparadas combine the holy trinity every snack genius knows elevates a snack to a whole other level of yum: hot sauce, Tajín and lime juice. You add that plus salsa Maggi onto potato chips and it’s a flavor rager.

6. Barritas Marinela

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After all that salty goodness, you may need a little dessert to top it all off. Reach for Barritas Marinela in strawberry or pineapple when you’re in the mood for a pastry. Side note: what is it about adding a pair of sunglasses to inanimate that immediately makes them cool AF? That barrita’s lean on the box is ultimate cool guy.

7. Mangonadas

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One of the best inventions in snackiosity is also vegan. Mangonadas are tangy, salty and mouthwatering gelato-like snacks made out of mango, chamoy, chile, lime and Tajín. They’re absolutely necessary during the summer. Plus, you can eat that Tama-Roca that comes with it, because that’s vegan too. PWAA P-P-PWAAAA!! (That’s a party horn sound)

8. Plantain Chips

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Simple and sweet with a heavy crunch, plantain chips are a favorite snack for vegan Latinos. It’s probably why they’re also a staple of Cuban cuisine.

9. Ruffles in Tapatío Limón Flavor

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Chips are the essential snack. Luckily, there are lots of them that are also vegan and will satiate your craving for that Latino spiciness. That includes Tapatío Limón flavored Ruffles. Yes! And if you’re not in the mood for these (which is weird because who’s ever not in the mood?), you can also go with Chile & Lime Sabritones, Lays Limón or Spicy Salsa Salsitas.

BRB gotta go stock up my snack cupboard!


READ: Latina Moms Try Vegan Food For The First Time

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This Mother-Son Duo Preserved Mexican Culture And Saved Their Neighborhood With Authentic Food And Ingenuity

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This Mother-Son Duo Preserved Mexican Culture And Saved Their Neighborhood With Authentic Food And Ingenuity

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On a seemingly quiet street in Downtown Oakland, 8th street between Washington and Broadway, a mother-son team, Gloria and Alfonso Dominguez, have figured out how to preserve their Mexican culture through food, and how to save a neighborhood in crisis during the disastrous economic downturn in 2008.

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana is a lonchería in the heart of Downtown Oakland started by Alfonso Dominguez and his mother Gloria.

Serving up traditional foods that head chef Gloria scours all of Mexico for, mother and son bring a unique and delicious flavor to a now vibrant neighborhood that was once falling apart. As she puts it, people used to tell her “The only thing that passes through Oakland is bullets.” Now there’s a bright arts district all around her restaurant. She says this is all thanks to her son, Alfonso.

A family man, entrepreneur, architect, artist, music festival organizer, and chef, Alfonso is the definition of a renaissance man.

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As he puts it, after his parents were divorced and his mother gave her previous taqueria over to his dad, he couldn’t stand not seeing her with her own restaurant. Believing in her and putting his skills to work, he invested in his mom and together they opened Tamarindo.

Tamarindo, once just a small restaurant, opened up into a bigger space when the place next door shut down when the financial crisis began.

Serving up food from recipes that Gloria has collected from her travels all over Mexico and from partnering and working with other chefs, she’s been able to keep alive Mexican fare from ancient recipes to street food.

As an architect and artist, Alfonso brings a flair to his restaurants and bars.

Alfonso brings an aesthetic and understanding of structure, color, and design to everything he does. Sure you can have a taco in an amazing hole-in-the-wall, but why not have hole-in-the-wall level food, in a beautiful restaurant? Well, at Tamarindo, Alfonso made sure that you can.

The real secret of keeping the neighborhood awake and alive when everything was falling apart around them, was Alfonso’s resilience and Popuphood.

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He helped found Popuphood, an agreement between the city, landlords and business owners to grant new businesses six months of rent-free space to open their doors and get foot traffic back up in the neighborhood. By doing so, Popuphood helped revitalize the whole area. It’s a pretty amazing story.

Outside of Popuphood, Alfonso is helping other entrepreneurs, by franchising his idea “El Taco Bike.”

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He’s giving young taqueros the know-how, support, and a taqueria on wheels, for them to be their own boss and be successful.

Sure, most of us would cringe at the idea of having to work with our parents, but maybe, if you could resist that urge, you’d end up like Gloria and Alfonso.

Alfonso posted his mom’s photo to Instagram and captioned it “Felicidades mama! Proud of you…”

Good food, good vibes, good people. What else can you ask for?


READ: Here Are Some Not-So-Subtle Ways Your Latina Mom Tries To Convince You To Not Move Out


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