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12 Latino Sides To Impress Everyone At Your Friendsgiving This Year

Thanksgiving is here and some of us will be spending that time with our chosen family – friends. Now, don’t fall into the typical Thanksgiving dinner protocol. Why not impress your friends with some sabor from your homeland? Here are 12 different Latino side dishes guaranteed to impress people at your friendsgiving table.

1. Maduros


Let that platano get all yellow and black, peel it, chop it and deep fry it. Everyone is going to thank you for this sweet, sweet treat that won’t pop buttons.

2. Elotes

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Elotes. Who doesn’t love a good elote? Prepare it with some seasoning and throw it in a fancy dish. It’s as if street corn got glammed up.

3. Feijoada

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No @melhorpravoceoficial de hoje vou preparar uma feijoada completa, fácil de fazer e deliciosa. Todo brasileiro é louco por feijoada, que tal fazer para o final de semana? Confira a receita completa no meu site oficial (eduguedes.com.br) Bjs e bom dia a todos! #MelhorPraVocê #RedeTV #CozinhaDoEduMelhorPraVc #ReceitaDoEdu #EduGuedes #Feijoada Feijão: 2 xícaras (chá) de feijão demolhado 6 xícaras (chá) de água 2 folhas de louro 1 colher (sopa) de colorau 1 pé suíno dessalgado 1 orelha suína dessalgada Preparo: em uma panela de pressão coloque o feijão demolhado, com água, com o louro, o colorau, o pé e a orelha. Feche a panela quando pegar pressão deixe por 30 minutos. Feijoada: ½ kg de costela suína dessalgada 2 xícaras (chá) de lombo suíno dessalgado 3 xícaras (chá) de carne seca dessalgada 1 xícara (chá) de bacon cortado em cubos 3 dentes de alho 3 linguiças calabresa cortadas em meias fatias 2 paios fatiados ½ kg de feijão preto cozido com o caldo 1 cálice de cachaça Preparo: em uma panela de pressão, cozinhe o lombo e a costela por aproximadamente 30 minutos, reserve. Cozinhe a carne seca na panela de pressão por aproximadamente 40 minutos, reserve. Em uma panela grande, doure o bacon, quando soltar a gordura, refogue o alho, acrescente o feijão com o caldo e junte as carnes. Deixe cozinhar até engrossar o caldo e unificar o sabor. Sirva com a arroz e laranja. Caldo de feijão: 2 xícaras (chá) de feijão cozido 2 xícaras (chá) de água 1 cebola média fatiada 1 dose de cachaça 2 colheres (sopa) de azeite 2 dentes de alho picado Cheiro verde picado a gosto Pimenta a gosto Sal a gosto Preparo: em um liquidificador, bata o feijão cozido com a água, a cebola e a cachaça. Em uma panela refogue alho no azeite, junte o feijão batido. Deixe ferver em fogo baixo até atingir a consistência desejada. Tempere com sal a gosto e sirva com cheiro verde e pimenta. Tempo de Preparo: 1 hora Rendimento: 8 porções

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This Brazilian take on black beans is something your friends will want more of. Not only are black beans already one of the greatest things on earth, adding chorizo or sausage makes this dish just yum!

4. Puca Picante


Want to bring spice and color to friendsgiving? Puca picante is perfect. This Peruvian dish perfectly couples beets with potatoes and a few  spices to make your palate go crazy.

5. Yuca Frita

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There’s something with Latinos and their root vegetables. Yuca is no different. Peel, chop and deep fry these puppies for a carby treat that everyone is going to drool over. Top it with some olive oil with garlic and onions to really set this dish off.

6. Gallo Pinto


Three safe words at every potluck: rice and beans. But bet your friends haven’t tried that recipe above…

7. Humita

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Now, the words “corn pudding” might seem like a stretch, but hang in there. This dish recipe some of the best things including corn, cheese, butter and onions in one saliva-inducing side dish.

8. Cebollas Encurtidas


Tired of all the bland food your friends try to pass off as holiday treats? Bring your own (or you can share if you want) pickled onions to add just a small amount of flavor to the holiday food. Best part – you’ll still be totally kissable – these onions don’t stink.

9. Tequeños


Dough + Cheese + Oil = A Venezuelan deep fried cheese stick.

10. Pan De Bono


Take your cheese bread to another level with this amazing cheesy bread recipe.

11. Guacamole


Nothing like a good standby. Guacamole is not only simple to make, it is also a crowd favorite everywhere it goes.

12. Almojábanas


Here’s a different fried cheese concoction that everyone will love. That’s right. More fried cheese to give your friendsgiving that extra bit of flavor to make everyone beg you to make this again next year.


READ: 15 Latino Desserts You Should Totally Bring this Friendsgiving

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.