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13 Latino Dishes That Are Good For The Soul

If you grew up in a Latino family, a few things are probably true: family parties are never over in just a “few hours,” and we take our food very seriously. Here are 13 Latino dishes that are so comforting, it feels like you just wrapped yourself up in abuelito’s old sweater that is way too big for you.

1. Bacalao Soup

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Whenever it was a rainy day or one of us was feeling sick, my dad used to whip up a delicious batch of bacalao soup. The codfish mixed with the fresh vegetables and the hint of spiced broth was perfect. Bacalao soup is the *ish. If you don’t know, now you know.

2. Platanos


Bye bye, just going to stare at this perfect picture forever. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long day and inhaling devouring some platanos. No matter how many times I tell myself I only want a few, I always end up eating roughly a three dozen.

3. Sopa de Fideo

Could go for some one mom's right about now #sopadefideo

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What’s cozier than a big, steaming bowl of sopa de fideo?! Um, nothing at all. The noodles and tomato mix are totally nostalgic, and perfect for any rainy day.

4. Pupusas


MAY PUPUSAS LIVE LONG AND HAPPILY FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN.

These goodie-filled perfections are the quintessential comfort food. If you don’t feel warm and safe after eating one of these, you miiiiight not have a soul.

5. Sancocho

☔️️ + sancocho + arroz = ? Y tú con que lo acompañarías ??? #foodbrothersrd #martes #sancocho

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A meat and veggie stew might sound basic, but this is beyond. As the days grow colder and shorter, I think it’s time to perfect this recipe.

6. Albóndigas Soup

Cold raining day calls for a hot bowl of #albondigasoup #mexicancomfortfood

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There’s just something about a meatball in a bowl of soup that turns me into a living heart-eyes emoji. BRB, just going to drool while looking at this picture all day.

7. Flautas


Much like platanos, flautas are insanely addicting. How can anyone just eat one of these?? Five or six is more satisfactory, to be quite honest.

8. Pastelillos


Be still my beating heart. These beef-filled doughy delights are heaven sent. Growing up, my abuela and dad used to bring the house down making batches of these. With a cold bottle of coke and a plate of these, nothing can go wrong.

9. Sorullitos de Maíz

#sorullitosdemaiz #fingerfood

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Nothing beats a little Sunday pre-dinner snack than a plate of these yummy finger foods. Why are all of the best Latino comfort foods so addicting?!

10. Arepas


Let’s be real; arepas stuffed with avocado, cheese, pork, etc. can make anyone drool. YUM AF.

11. Enchiladas


Enchiladas will go down in history as one of the most comforting foods in existence. Sure, maybe I’ve developed an unhealthy relationship with them but who can really say?! Support emotional eating, y’all!

12. Cuban-Style Picadillo

#cubanpicadillo for dinner. Yummmmmm!

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Oh, baby can this dish feed an entire starving family and then have some leftovers ready to go the next day. Anytime I want something hearty and satisfying, I look to Cuban Picadillo.

13. Puerto Rican Rice & Beans

My favorite ? #FoodComa #FoodPorn #PuertoRicanRiceAndBeans

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Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, there were two kinds of rice and beans: yellow rice and beans, and white rice with red (or pink) beans. I have to say, I was a die-hard fan of the latter. Even just typing this out makes me want to go make a batch ASAP. There’s nothing simpler, and nothing more perfect, than a good plate of rice and beans.


Read: LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

What are your favorite comfort foods? Let us know in the comments below!

13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

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13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

This year don’t bring some basic bland food to Thanksgiving. Bring something that will surprise your jefitos, impress your primos, nourish your vegan/vegetarian friends, and showcase your Latinidad. Forget boring mashed potatoes, over-salted, cream-sauced vegetables, store-bought pie, or being afraid of vegan/vegetarian dishes.

You’re an adult now, this is your chance to show your love through home-made food like your family has done all these years.

1. Tamales de Green Chile y Queso

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There’s nothing more festive than tamales over the holidays, and you don’t have to wait until Christmas. Prepare a dozen or so of these for yourself and anyone else who’d rather fill up on hearty Mexican food than dry turkey. This recipe is vegetarian if you make your own masa as instructed, but if you don’t care if they are fully vegetarian, or you just don’t have much time, you could buy prepared masa con manteca from any Latin American food market. Some of us never make our own masa!

2. Brussels Sprouts with Mexican Chorizo

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If you want to bring something a bit more traditional, or you’ve been asked to bring a vegetable side dish, try these Brussels sprouts. Don’t be afraid that people don’t like Brussels sprouts, cooked this way in the fat from the cooked chorizo, they are sure to impress. The red Mexican chorizo will turn the light part parts of the sprouts red, resulting in a festive, and Mexican flag-colored, green and reddish.

3. Sqirl’s Brussels Sprouts

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Or maybe you’d rather put chicharron powder on your Brussels. Cooked in butter, sherry vinegar, and fleur de sal. Sqirl LA’s food is so good people from all over the country, often come straight from the airport to eat there. It happens so often that the restaurant will happily store your luggage in their stock room. Bring this Latin-flavored recipe to Thanksgiving and show your friends what all the fuss is about.

4.  Tropical Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

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Many think that this Thanksgiving staple shouldn’t be messed with, but I can assure you that American Indians and English settlers didn’t eat cranberry sauce out of the can. That said, why not try something different and add some chipotle and pineapple to some fresh cranberries for sweet, sour, and spicy version.

5. Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

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Thanks to all the Latino’s in the US, chorizo is making a strong showing in Thanksgiving dishes. If you’ve been asked to bring stuffing not cooked in the bird, make this savory cornbread chorizo stuffing. This recipe also calls for cumin, oregano, and cilantro to help round out the Latin flavors.

6. Abuelo’s Papas Con Chile or Mexican Mashed Potatoes

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These mashed potatoes use Velveeta, but people all over the internet swear by this recipe. If you were asked to bring the papas try this dish. Tell us how it went.

7. Empanadas de Camote

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This recipe combines sweet potato, bacon, and queso fresco. Hearty and filled filled with protein and iron, these empanadas are a lighter alternative to bringing masa heavy tamales. With pretty folded edges, these empanadas will look pretty on any Thanksgiving table.

8. Pan Amasado or Chilean Bread Rolls

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So you’ve been asked to bring some rolls, but you don’t want to just go to Safeway and grab whatever they have, why not make Pan Amasado? The recipe, only calls for nine every-day ingredients, including shortening, egg, and butter. Sabroso!

9. Blistered Peppers with Lime

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Blistered Padrón or shishito peppers topped with spicy sea salt are common now on menus in upscale restaurants all around the country. They are super easy to make too. Bring this to Thanksgiving at your adventurous family/friend eaters, as in the same batch, one pepper can be quite mild and the next one quite hot.

10. Puerto Rican Mofongo

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If you’re looking to bring a taste of the island to Thanksgiving make this traditional style mofongo. Made of plantains, garlic, and pork rinds, this dish is an adaptation of a West African slave dish by Taino Indians made with ingredients available on the island. A similar dish is made by Dominicans.

11. Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

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If you’re a vegan attending a non-vegan Thanksgiving, make yourself these hearty tamales. This recipe will show you how to make both the vegan masa (made with coconut oil instead of lard) and the adobo potato filling. The recipe also calls for garlic, oregano, clove, cinnamon, and cumin. Tamales without masa are lower in calories and saturated fat.

12. Vegan Chile Rellenos

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Okay, so many of the vegan recipes here are from the same person, Dora of Dora’s Table. This mujer, Dora, who was born and raised in México and to culinary school in New York, works extra hard to create vegan versions of traditional Mexican dishes, using traditional Mexican ingredients. Her Vegan Chile Rellenos use poblano chiles and vegan cheese. On her website, Dora warns that this recipe isn’t what she’d call healthy.

13. Empanadas de Argentina

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If you’re looking to bring the taste of South America to Thanksgiving dinner, make these Argentinian Tamales. They are made with ground beef, bell pepper, and Latin-flavor spices. You’ll save time on the dough too because it’s made with store-bought puff pastry flour.

Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Hello Upper East siders, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite is coming back. The early 2010s series based around a group of filthy rich, super privileged —and mostly white— teenagers is the latest victim of the reboot contagion. We hear that the brand new reimagining of the show, will feature more people of color, as well as queer content —and hopefully…there will be no disappointing finale like last time.

Manhattan’s scandalous elite is back at it with the drama and intrigue.

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The group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York who couldn’t hide any secrets from the ruthless and anonymous blogger ‘Gossip Girl’ is coming back! —If you were a teen at the time, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Gossip Girl marked an entire generation of fashion-obsessed teens —Serena’s bouncy blonde hair and Blaire’s signature headbands were all over Tumblr and Pinterest, they were ‘friendship goals’ before the term was even invented.

During Vulture Festival last week, Joshua Safran, the producer and writer behind the revival series, revealed that the reboot will be a lot more diverse and that all the leads will be nonwhite.

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““There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

Safran was unable to share more about the twist, but it has been confirmed that the reboot is set to take place at Constance Billard School. 

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The show creators are taking us back to the halls of Constance Billard (!!!) and we can’t wait to find out who will be Queen B this time around. Who are the queen’s minions? Will we still see them sitting on the stairs of the MET?

For the new series, Safran wants to delve deeper into the current relationship that teens have with social media and how it affects them. 

HBO Max reports that the reboot “will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. “I’m just also interested in high school juniors having a million Twitter and Instagram followers, you know? What is that like? Which was not at all possible the first time around? I just feel like there’s so much to look at,” Safran explained. He also shared that there is a possibility that the original cast might return due to the fact that the show is set at the same school. And we cannot wait to find out what Blair and Serena have been up to.

Although many details are being kept secret, one major piece of news has finally been confirmed. 

According to TV Line, Kristen Bell will be returning to reprise her role as the series’ iconic narrator. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” said Josh Schwartz, one of the creators of the show, during a summer press tour. 

Hopefully, this time around, the grand finale doesn’t turn out to be a disappointing one.

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And though it’s been seven years since the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed in the 2012 series finale —yes, I’m keeping count— fans are still shaken to their core by the revelation that (spoiler alert!) Dan Humphrey was behind the blog all along. The announcement of the reboot sparks a little beacon of joy in my heart, in hopes that this time, the show will be more inclusive, diverse and that it won’t mess up the ending for us all yet again.

An official premiere date for the new HBO Max version of Gossip Girl is yet to be announced, so stay tuned while we wait for more details to surface. Xoxo, GG.