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The Best Drunk Food We Have To Offer, Ranked

No matter how sensibly you eat most of the time, all rules and best intentions go out the door when it comes to drunk food. That’s the whole point of drunk food, right? It’s got to be salty, greasy, heavy and delicious enough to absorb all that, uh, liquid courage you imbibed while psyching yourself up to talk to your crush at the party. So here’s the best drunk food Latinos have perfected, RANKED. Because if there’s one thing we at Mitú love more than snacks, it’s drama.


15. A plate of spaghetti con salchichas y ketchú because, after all, you’re DRUNK.

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Why it’s awesome: Because you’re drunk. And because nothing goes together quite like fried greasiness and carbs.

And yet… 

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14. Salchipapas

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Why they’re awesome: I mean. Fries. Need we say more?

And yet… Fries are also just fine plain. Plus, if the “salchi” part of your salchipapa equation isn’t made just right, you’re left with a mound of soggy tube meat on soggy potatoes, and we think you deserve better than that.


13. Just a Plain Ol’ Tortilla Con Sal

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Why they’re awesome: A tortilla with sal is a classic you can make at home! That way, you can drunkenly spend too much money on online shopping instead of food.

And yet… It’s just not decadent and greasy enough to be a truly satisfying drunk food. Y’know?


12. Papa Rellena

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Why they’re awesome: They’re like next-level mash potatoes, a portable version of a whole meal, and they’re so little and round and cute.

And yet… SOME people like to sneak olives and/or raisins into this situation, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. Also, no mounds of cheese.


11. Danger Dogs

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Why they’re awesome: An L.A. institution (which you can also find in other cities, sure) often found outside of nightclubs and music venues, danger dogs are hot dogs wrapped in bacon and topped with all sorts of goodness. They’re salty, greasy, smoky and the perfect food when you’re completely wasted.

And yet… (Diarrhea.)


10. Mozzarepas

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Why they’re awesome: Like. Cornbread and cheese. How can you not go wrong with grease paired with more grease?

And yet… They’re the watered-down version of traditional arepas. (Which you should eat when sober, so you can appreciate their full glory.) (Also, give me a bite.)


9. Shucos Gautemaltecos

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Why they’re awesome: You know how people love to argue about whether a hot dog is a sandwich? Well, it’s not. EXCEPT when it’s in the glorious form of a shuco guatemalteco. With everything on it.

And yet… Try to eat one without having most of it drop onto your lap. We’ll wait. See? Now you’re wearing it.


8. Croquetas

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Why they’re awesome: Easily portable morsels of breaded and fried goodness? WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE???

And yet… Look, chances are, if you’re eating these drunk, you’re gettin’ ’em at the end of the day. Do you know what happens to a croqueta that isn’t fresh? The dreaded “breading separation,” wherein the breaded portion slowly draws away from the center, making for a stale-tasting, less than ideal gastronomic experience.


7. Pão de Queijo

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Why they’re awesome: They’re adorable, and they combine the two best things in all the world: Bread. And cheese.

And yet… They’re not as easy to find in the U.S. as we’d like.


6. Buñuelos Colombianos

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Why they’re awesome: Same as above.

And yet… SAME AS ABOVE. Seriously, these need to more readily accessible for all our drunk snacking needs.


5. Frita

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Why they’re awesome: If you thought there was no way to improve a hamburger, you’ve obviously never met a frita. CHORIZO AND TEENY LITTLE FRIES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER.

And yet… They’re not so portable that they’re easy to eat 12 of while inebriated, which is an important factor when choosing the perfect drunk food.


4. Tacos

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Why they’re awesome: Because they’re tacos. Duh. Portable meat and veggies in a warm tortilla, delivered straight to your face. Buy them from from a truck at 3 in the morning, and they’re the perfect drunk food.

And yet… Spillage can be an issue, particularly if your motor skills are impaired after a night of revelry.


3. Tequeños

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Why they’re awesome: They’re like mozzarella sticks, but… Better? They’re enveloped in a dense, buttery goodness that will make you renounce most other cheese-related snack foods for being inferior.

And yet… Um. They might burn you if they’re too hot? Can’t really see any other downside to them.


2. Empanadas

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Why they’re awesome: Because they’re pillows full of goodness, which is extra good when you’re liable to take a lil’ drunk nap.

And yet… ?????????


1. Pupusas

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Why they’re awesome: Because they’re everything you love in a tender little fried pocket, and pockets are cute.

And yet… We’ve been thinking about this for a week now. There is literally no downside to pupusas. We have our winner.


READ: 13 Things We’re Better at When We’re Drunk

Did we miss your favorite drunk food? Do you disagree with our list and want to yell at us? Do you think we’re drunk food geniuses? Let us know.

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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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