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You’ve Been Mistaking These Things For Mexican Your Whole Life

There’s nothing more annoying to Mexicans than to hear others refer to certain things as Mexican. Unless you want the paliza of your life, let’s make sure this never happens to you, shall we? After all, Mexicans always prefer to make love not war.

1. Every Latino… Ever.

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WE’RE NOT ALL MEXICAN! We see why people would love to be confused with being Mexican ?, but speaking Spanish, having brown hair and unlimited sass doesn’t make everyone Mexican. There are over 20 Latin American countries in the world and Mexico is just one of them.

2. The Most Interesting Man in the World

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Interesting? Yes. Mexican? No. This macho actor that many young men aspire to be is actually a Jew from New York. His badass-ness is certainly Mexican, but his roots reside in The Big Apple.

READ: Things You Didn’t Know About “The Most Interesting Man”

3. Piñatas

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Many people associate piñatas with Mexicans; they’re extravagant and super fun. But these multi-colored vessels are actually Chinese. The tradition of breaking piñatas arrived to Europe in the 14th century and made its way to Mexico two centuries after that. Sorry to break it to you (get it?).

4. Tacos Al Pastor

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Tacos come from Mexico, no doubt about it. But the method of cooking “al pastor” actually originated in Lebanon. If you are one of the five Latinos who ever ate a shawarma, you are probably dumbfounded with a big “ooooooo” expression on your face. If you are not, just look it up: S-H-A-W-A-R-M-A.

5. Tapatío

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This salsa picante brand has a Mexican name, a cute charro on the label and Spanish all over it: very clever. BUT it originated in Maywood, California. Not Mexico. The creator however, is from Mexico. It’s a win-win.

READ: The Complete List of Bro Codes Every Mexican Is Down With

6. Serenatas

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When you think about the romantic serenatas you picture a mariachi holding a guitar while his beloved is listening from a balcony up above; don’t you? Wrong… again. serenatas come from Europe and became popular with compositions from Mozart and Beethoven.

7. The Hottest Chile in the World

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Mexican food is known to be hot… hot, hot! But the delicious peppers used in Mexican cuisine are no competition for the current hottest one: the Carolina Reaper with 2.2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). It can literally kill you. Are you game?

8. “Jajaja”

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It’s “jajaja” and not “hahaha” for all Latinos. And it was Spanish novelist José María de Pereda who first wrote it in his book “Tipos trashumantes.” I guess the “jajaja” is on you.

9. La Macarena

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The original Macarena that inspired Spanish pop duo Los Del Río to write the infamous song is actually about a flamenco dancer from Venezuela… “Aaay!”

10. Limón

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We add them to everything and margaritas can’t live without them and they keep Mexican avocados from turning brown, but limes were first cultivated in Persia and Asia. Mind blown.

READ: Foods Mexicans Cannot Eat without Limón

11. Zorro

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Guy Williams, the original Zorro from Disney’s 1957 blockbuster film, was actually born in New York. None of the actors that played the part have ever been Mexican, including Antonio Banderas who…wait for it… Is from SPAIN.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Just kidding, she was born in Mexico… And no one can steal her! ?❤️

Can you think of others? MiTú wants to know. Leave a comment below.

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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There are a few moments when our dreams are actualized. For Daniela Villegas, that time is now. The Mexican engineering student earned a spot in a NASA program with her brains. Then, the community came together and raised the money she needed to follow her dream.

Daniela Villegas is a Mexican engineering student chasing her dreams.

Villegas is one of 60 people in the world chosen to participate in the International Air and Space Program. The program is a major educational opportunity for students in engineering and aerospace studies. Now that she has been chosen, it is time for her to pay the money in order to attend.

An online community came together and raised the money she needed to get to the NASA program.

What a wonderful moment for the young woman, and Mexicans everywhere. After all, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We are all here rooting for you, Daniela. You can do it, mija!

Villegas is bringing so much pride to Mexico and Mexicans around the world.

Daniela Villegas is studying mechatronics engineering, which is a specialized engineering field. Mechatronic engineering is where mechanical, electrical, computer and robotics engineering come together. Mechatronic engineers are the ones who help to create all of the smart technologies that we use almost every day to make our lives easier.

The TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo student needs our help and we can make her dream happen.

TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo is located in the middle of the state of Sonora. Villegas raised $3,500 to get to the program in Huntsville, Alabama, and any little bit helped. It also wouldn’t be bad if she raised more so she can fully enjoy her time in the program making the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

READ: A Mexican Teenager Was The First Minor In 100 Years To Be Accepted Into A Post-Graduate Program At Harvard

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Change Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With These Latin American Substitutes

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Thanksgiving is almost here and the pandemic is changing things for the holiday season. One of the biggest changes is that it is not advised to gather in person for the celebration. This might seem like a bad thing but it does give you the chance to mix things up before a Zoomed Thanksgiving feast. Here are some Latin Americans substitutions you can make to your Thanksgiving table as a test run for next year.

Turkey is great but give some lechon a try.

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Lechon is a Cuban pork dish made for big celebrations. Thanksgiving is a big celebration the revolves around food. Lechon is already the meat of choice at a Cuban Thanksgiving and is usually the star of the plate. You can spend hours dealing with a turkey for the tenth year in a row or you can be a little more excited and make this delicious Cuban meal.

Tostones (patacones) are the perfect replacement for potatoes.

Tostones, also called patacones, are made using green plantains. They are tough and starchy so they make a great savory side dish. make sure you double fry these bad boys. Once when they are chopped and a second time after smashing them to their iconic flat shape. If you let the plantain ripen, you can use it to make maduros instead, which are sweet.

Or, take those plantains and make mofongo.

Mofongo uses the same green plantains except they are fried once then mashed. It goes great with pork so this is a perfect little dish to pair with the lechon if you really want to go for it. The Puerto Rican dish is something that will forever change your mind about what you’d like to see at Thanksgiving.

Causa rellena is a Peruvian take on the classic mashed potatoes.

If you want to stick to the potatoes you are used to buying, Peruvian causa rellena will given them a Latin American spin. The dish does not take long to make and requires minimal cooking. The most you have to really cook is boiling the potatoes so you can mash them but the way the dish ends it by popping it in the fridge. Just layer the cooked ingredients and set it in the fridge overnight to save on Thanksgiving Day cooking time.

Corn is always a hit, especially as esquites.

Esquites is one corn dish everyone needs to try at least once. It is a neater version of elote because it is all the same ingredients but in an easier to eat way. Better yet, you can make a big batch or opt for personal servings to make it all cleaner and easier for everyone involved.

Guava con queso pastelitos are the dessert everyone is really asking for.

This little Cuban pastry is probably one of the best desserts ever created. This is not up for debate. It is just a simple fact of Latin American desserts. Honestly, when you taste the sweet and tangy flavor of the guava wrapped in the flaky, buttery pastry, your life will change. Drop the pumpkin for one year and give this Cuban dessert a try.

READ: Take A Tasting Tour Of Latin America This Thanksgiving With This Curated Menu

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