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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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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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