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If You Love Mexican Candy, This Yogurtland-Like Place Is Heaven

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You’ve heard of frozen yogurt, but get ready because your wildest fantasy is about to become a reality.

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WARNING: we are not responsible to any damage done to electronics due to excessive drooling.

Don’t get it wrong, we have nothing against fruit, but once you cover it in chile powder, things go to another level.

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Places like Arma Tu Loco prove, once again, that Mexican tostiloco bars do snacks the right way. Here you can pick drool-worthy, jaw breaking toppings that make gastritis totally worth it.

Need your crunch fix? They’ve got you covered.

El chicharrón mutante #llenatuloko buenísimo!

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There’s nothing wrong with duritos, but when these places take a crack at it, something magical, poetic, almost beautiful happens.

And literally anything else you crave.

Work. | #LlenaTuLoko ???

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Told you. Your craziest fantasies fulfilled.

Everything, from sweet to spicy.

Quiero un Llena tu Loko!! O ya pasó de moda? ??? #llenatuloko #candy #colors #marissajbphoto #golosos

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Here’s a friendly reminder to clean the drool from the corners of your mouth.

Why would you do a chocolate covered strawberry when you can do this?

#llenatuloko #plazaregia #FresaLoka #delicia #productosnuevos

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Chocolate covered strawberries are an aphrodisiac, but chile covered strawberries are a passionate fuego. Literally, fuego ?.

These places are LIT.

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Instead of damaging my liver, I’m damaging my stomach.

You have the option of choosing big or small because size DOES matter.

Puro revoltijo ???. #llenatuloco

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Let’s be real, bigger is always better.

When you can’t choose between fruta con chamoy or papitas, get both.

#CrazyCup #LlenaTuLoco ???

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This is a piece of art and you’re the artist.

And that popote de tamarindo, perfect for drinking all the leftover limón y chile.

A morir de gastritis #llenaTuLoco #instapic #instamoment #instadaily #instamood

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It burns so good.

And one with paletas FTW ??.

Lo mejor ❤️ #LlenaTuLoco #chamoy #gordo

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You can cool down and still have some heat. It’s the perfect balance.

READ: Newsflash: You’ve Been Eating Hot Cheetos The Basic Way

Please tell us this is a michelada.

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Like they said, jugo en la gastritis.

It’s a tropical dream come true.

Gracias a mi cuñado favorito.?? #yesterday #llenatuloko

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Can’t afford to go to the islands? Not to worry, you can afford a 15 pesos cup.

And there’s nothing we love more than tacos, but combined with tostilocos… We almost can’t handle.

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It’s not candy if it’s in taco form.

READ: Only a Mexican Stomach Can Survive These Snacks

Because beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Pura sabrosura. ????? #llenatuloko

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And we don’t discriminate.

It’s everything we ever wanted and more.

Difruta de un loko desde cualquier lugar. ?? #LlenaTuLoko ?: @anabeniara

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These are already popping up in Texas, but we need one on every corner – ASAP.

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These Wild Taco Creations Have Us Feeling All Sorts Of Ways But Mostly Confused

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These Wild Taco Creations Have Us Feeling All Sorts Of Ways But Mostly Confused

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So far, this year has absolutely been the year of trying new things. America is getting creative, from racist promposals to straight up hate crimes. Thankfully, the foodies of America are getting creative in more benign ways. Whether we’re just exhausted from a long day of bigotry and want to feed our souls with new takes on old classics, or you’re of the group that finds it refreshing to tackle cultural appropriation via food, America loves tacos.

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, here are the most bizarre tacos that have fueled America through 2019:

This New York City eatery started selling “Cheeseburger Tacos.”

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An upscale taquería called Empellón Al Pastor decided to sell a “cheeseburger taco” and the Internet had opinions. Twitter user Ludvik Herrera saw a bastardization of tacos de picadillo and tweeted, “somebody should tell him he’s doing tacos de picadillo wrong, just bland….”

Then, Burger King thought they could make tacos happen.

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America was riveted when they saw Burger King advertising tacos. Anyone who thinks tacos are easy to make are just setting themselves up. Some folks really wanted to like the tacos, but still felt the need to publish a public service announcement about this crime against humanity.

Remember when The New York Times promoted these Broccoli and Egg Tacos, and Mexican Twitter had an uprising?

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“These tacos are packed with nutrient-dense broccoli and comforting potatoes for a satisfying meal that comes together in just 45 minutes,” the outlet tweeted. Immediately, Internet Mexicans needed answers. Like @DiegoBernalTX who had a few points to make:

“1. These aren’t tacos.
2. There’s nothing comforting about them.
3. No taco should take 45 min.
The entire taco truck economy would collapse. Can you imagine?!?!”

Nobody’s mad at this blogger’s rendition of a tortilla.

There’s nothing like leftover arroz with a fried egg on top to start the day. Maybe it’s time to surprise your mama with your own version. You’ll want to use a pastry ring in the pan to make sure it stays in a perfect taco shell circle. 

This Sushi Taco is fusion at its finest.

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As crazy as it sounds, tofu skin is actually quite delicious, and it also makes for a great imitation taco shell. Just stuff with your favorite traditional fish and top with chipotle mayo. Get as creative as you’d like for these–it will all taste good.

Or this blogger’s use of chicken skin to make taco tortillas.

Here’s how you take a chicken leg and turn it into chicken skin taco shells. 

  1. Just gently peel the skin off of a chicken thigh and blanch in boiling water for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, cut the chicken skin with a circle cutter.
  3. Get out your taco shell molds and deep fry for 6-10 minutes.
  4. Let cool and stuff!

Plantain shell tacos are calling your name, mija.

Plátanos have served as the edible utensil of Caribbean folks since forever. There’s nothing like bringing Central American Latinos and Island Latinos together with plantain shell tacos.  🤤

Dessert tacos officially have no rules.

It’s the easiest taco you could ever possibly make and is guaranteed to taste good. Just toast a frozen waffle, stuff it with vanilla rice milk ice cream and dust with cinnamon and you’ve got a variation of arroz con leche. 

And then there were Cookie Tacos.

It looks like its savory but everything about it is so, so sweet. Just cut golden Oreos in half , stuff with chocolate Oreo crumbles, top with shredded coconut (iceberg lettuce) and hot tamale candies (cherry tomatoes).

If you want to get really fancy, just melt peanut butter chips and vanilla frosting as glue for the “carne.” The cheese that you see is actually just chopped up starburst. You can’t say it ain’t creative.

Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Everybody Thinks Carne Asada Fries Are From California, But Is That Fact Or Fiction?

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Ok, so let’s be real. Everybody loves fries. They’re literally the greatest way you can eat potatoes and they happen to come in an endless rainbow of options.

But we all know the clear winner of the perfect vessel for eating fries are carne asada fries. Obviously.

But there’s lot you might know about the bomb dish so we’re here to give you a little master class while sharing pictures of amazing carne asada fries that will have you out the door or on your Uber Eats app in no time.

First off, many people think carne asada fries are specifically from Southern California.

That’s not exactly true. Sure there are several restaurants in San Diego that claim to have invented the magical dish but Mexicans have been putting papas with grilled meats for a looooong time.

But that’s not exactly true. Case in point the taco arrachera:

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You can find this classic taco combination all over Mexico, especially at farmer’s markets called tianguis.

These humble tacos are proof that meats and papas belong together and they’ve been together long before San Diego started claiming asada fries as their own.

Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s get to the actual asada fries.

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Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of restaurants all across Southern California and now even in Arizona and other states wth large Latino communities. As I mentoned above, restaurants in San Diego claim to have created the dish so it’s especially popular there.

And since we’re keeping things real, carne asada fries (at least not Cali-style ones) aren’t exactly authentic Mexican food – so you won’t typically find them on menus at traditional Mexican restaurants.

The Cali-style asada fries that everyone loves is said to have originated at Lolita’s Taco Shop in San Diego.

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Lolita’s Mexican Food in San Diego claims to have originated the dish in the late 1990s, inspired by a suggestion from their tortilla distributor.

And now you can find them all over Southern California.

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The dish is also served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium. By 2015, fast food chain Del Taco began to sell the item. It’s safe to say they’re pretty much every where and we couldn’t be more thankful.

But for those people who are totally clueless, what exactly are carne asada fries?

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They’re some of the most tasty fries you’ll ever eat. Plain and simple.

First, they start off with a generous portion of amazing potatoes topped with perfectly grilled meats.

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Typically, the fries are of the shoestring variety, but other cuts may be used, as well. The carne asada is usually finely chopped to avoid the need for a knife so you eat them as they’re supposed to be enjoyed – with greasy, dirty fingers.

In many places, especially in San Diego and LA, they’ll then get topped with a giant portion of beans and cheese.

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The cheese is commonly cotija, although many placesuse a less-costly shredded cheese mix which melts with the other ingredients and keeps longer.

They’re then finished off with some sour cream and guac, thus creating an explosion of flavor.

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Carne asada fries have a devout following on Twitter. Like some people just can’t help themselves.

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I mean lay it all out there girl. Now’s not the time for vergüenza.

And for some, they rather have carne asada fries in their belly than intimate human contact.

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I’m pretty sure we can all relate. Like I know I’ve been there.

Like you know a food is amazing when people take to Twitter to share their carne asada fries fan art.

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This. is. everything.

And although the original carne asada fries are literally life, there’s nothing wrong with experimentation.

We all know about carne asada fries. However, for all of you sweet vegetarians, use Hot Cheetos to change things up. Instead of using meat, this snack add another layer to the very popular french fries dish. You really can’t go wrong with fried potatoes, cheese, sour cream and Hot Cheetos.

READ: 15 Carne Asada Recipes That Will Have You Drooling Before The End Of This Post

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