If you’re in Los Angeles and you’re craving churros, you won’t have much trouble finding ’em. You can get them from street vendors, local mercados, and – if you feel like paying premium prices – even places like Dodger Stadium and Disneyland. In an effort to stand out in this sea of churro goodness, there are a few spots in L.A. that are adding their own twists to the churros we all love. Check ’em out.
This Los Feliz dessert staple is adding a new spin to Mexico’s unofficial national dessert. Make your taste buds go ? after trying these little churro wheels sandwiched around ice cream flavors like spicy hot chocolate, horchata sorbet and matcha green tea.
One visit to Ridges Churro Bar and your childhood will thank you. You can get churro sticks coated with kid-friendly flavors, such as strawberry shortcake, Fruity Pebbles cereal and, if you’re feeling more grown up, Nutella.
This Westwood taco spot is raising the churro bar by creating a brand new churro from the inside out. These red velvet churros filled with cream cheese frosting are a sweet contrast after a few savory tacos. ¡Esta para chuparse los dedos!
Horchateria Rio Luna’s churros are pretty traditional: Churros are sprinkled with sugar and get drizzled with syrups like cajeta or chocolate. Step inside the Horchateria Rio Luna, and you’ll find stuff like “Anything for Salinas” balloons and El Diablito loteria match books.
If Mr. Churro was a real person, we would be at his door step all the time to have churros rellenos filled with syrups like cajeta, chocolate, custard and, for all our Cubano friends out there, guava. ?
Churros Calientes has all of the churros you need to make your heart feliz. This Santa Monica cafe and food truck cater to both fusion enthusiasts and traditionalists. The churros are reminiscent of your favorite $1 churro man or lady, but they can either be dipped in Spanish-style chocolate, eaten with a side of gelato, or drizzled with syrups like guava and dulce de leche.
This bakery in Downey goes by the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Handwritten signs greet customers into a churro haven where a buck can go a long way. Carry out your crispy, doughy churros in a brown paper bag or a bright pink box, but be careful! The pink box will make it hard for your co-workers to resist a peek inside.
Did we miss any of your churro hot spots? Did you discover any new churro places you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Known for fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and colorful presentation, Latin American food is popular with foodies all around the world. While staple dishes like enchiladas and quesadillas can be found in restaurants in nearly any nation, there are countless other dishes that better represent the culture and tastes of the region’s culture. Keep reading to learn some of the very best foods from countries throughout Latin America.
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A popular Latin American snack or street food that’s now easy to find worldwide are empanadas. These treats can be savory or sweet. They feature a pastry pocket that’s filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or huitlacoche, a corn mixture popular in Mexico. These pastry pockets are then baked or fried.
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While not official, many consider this meal to be the national dish of Peru, though it’s also popular throughout Latin America. It features rice stewed with black beans and shredded beef. Traditionally eaten at lunchtime, it is usually served with fried plantains, also called tajadas, as well as a fried egg.
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This traditional dish traces its roots back hundreds of years in Latin America. It starts with masa, which is a starchy dough made from corn. Then, other ingredients, like meat, cheese, vegetables, chilies, or even fruit are added. Finally, the concoction is wrapped in banana leaves or corn husks and either steamed or boiled.
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If you’ve ever been lucky enough to dine at a Brazilian grill, you’ve likely heard of churrasco. While not a singular dish, the term “churrasco” actually refers to beef or even other types of grilled meat. It’s also not exclusive to Brazil. You’ll find this name on menus in a number of other countries, including Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, and more.
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The term “ropa vieja” translates to “old clothes.” This traditional Cuban dish gets its name from the shredded beef’s resemblance to a pile of torn old rags. The beef is seasoned with sofrito, which includes a mix of sauteed onions, garlic, tomatoes, and green peppers. This dish is usually served on top of black beans and rice, and may also come with a side of fried plantains.
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This traditional dish features a main meat, usually beef or pork, that is cooked in a stew of black beans. This dish is usually served with rice, vegetables, and assorted sausages such as churico, farinheira, or morcela. It may also come with other side dishes to make a full meal. One popular side dish for feijoada is farofai, which is toasted manioc flour.
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Often served as a side dish or even a breakfast food, a chipa is a small baked roll that is cheese flavored. While you’ll find chipas in a number of Latin American cities, Coronel Bogado in Paraguay is considered the National Capital of the Chipa.
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One of the most popular types of mole is mole poblano. In fact, many people consider it to be Mexico’s national dish. It features more than 20 ingredients, including notable additions like chili and chocolate. In Mexico, you’ll often find this dish served around the holidays and for special occasions. It’s usually poured over turkey, though it can be served over any number of different dishes.
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Ceviche is so popular in Peru that there’s even a national holiday dedicated to it; Dia Nacional del Cebiche. You’ll also find this dish served in Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and other countries throughout Latin and South America, as well as throughout the Caribbean.
Ceviche features raw fish that has been cured in the juice of key limes or bitter oranges. It is then mixed with chili peppers and onion, and flavored with salt and pepper. Traditionally served in a small glass, it may also be served with avocado, corn, or other toppings.
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While different nations give them different names, tostones are a popular snack throughout Latin American. They are fried plantains, often sliced thin like potato chips and seasoned with salt or other spices.
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Another popular dish featuring fried plantains is mofongo. For this meal, fried plantains are mashed and a variety of seasonings and other ingredients, like onion and salt, are added.
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The term “bandeja paisa” actually refers more to the type of dish rather than to the ingredients themselves. A bandeja paisa is a large meal served on a platter and featuring several traditional dishes and side dishes.
Some popular items you might find in a bandeja paisa are white rice, red beans cooked with pork, fried eggs, plantains, chorizo, and avocado. You might also find other traditional dishes, like carne molida, which is a type of ground meat, arepa, a Latin American flatbread, and morcilla, a black pudding.
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Originally hailing from Venezuela, tequenos are fried cheese sticks made by wrapping bread dough around chunks of queso blanco. These treats are now a popular snack or street food in a number of nations.
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Curanto may be made with a variety of types of shellfish and meats, served with either potato pancakes or potato dumplings, and a mix of seasonal vegetables. Before the heated stones are added, this dish is covered with rhubarb leaves, then wet sacks, dirt, and grass. While this is the traditional way to cook this dish, other Latin and South American countries may also bake or otherwise roast curantos.
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Asado is a barbecue technique that starts with flank-cut beef ribs that are flavored with a number of spices. The beef is then cooked over a grill, also called a parilla, or more traditionally, over an open flame. Alongside the beef, you’ll also likely be served a variety of other meats, like chicken or cured sausages called embutidos, as well as sweet breads, grilled vegetables, and salad.
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This simple, yet tasty dessert originated in Brazil. It is made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter, which is rolled into balls and covered in chocolate sprinkles.
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The word “encebollado” actually translates to “cooked with onions.” This Ecuadorian dish, sometimes called the country’s national dish, is a fish stew cooked with fresh tomatoes, coriander leaves, and a variety of spices for a flavorful, hearty meal. It is usually served with boiled cassava or yucca, as well as pickled red onion rings.
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This is one Mexican staple that you’ll not only find in every Spanish-speaking nation but also around the world. The ingredients and varieties are truly endless. Traditional versions often feature corn tortillas and grilled meats such as beef or pork, though you’ll also find plenty of seafood and vegetable options as well.
Dulce de Leche
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Another popular dessert throughout Latin America is dulce de leche. It is made by slowly heating condensed milk and may be served on its own or poured over other desserts such as cake.
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Served from street carts and market stalls, antichuchos are inexpensive skewers of meat that were originally developed in the Andes Mountains. The meat is often marinated in vinegar and topped with spices like cumin, garlic, and pepper.
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Known around the world as a sweet, easy to eat as a snack, churros are fried pieces of dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar. The Latin American version is often larger and thicker and is filled with a sweet filling, such as dulce de leche or fruit jams.
Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. is giving “Star Wars” fans a sweet surprise. Anyone who makes it in to the amusement park before the end of May can treat themselves to lightsaber churros. This is not a drill.
And if you take a close look, you’ll see that they aren’t only covered in dyed sugar. The churros also include edible glitter and star sprinkles to make them a really special treat for the “Star Wars” fans.
People cannot get enough of the sweet surprise treat available at the park.
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According to Eater, the churros made their appearance during Star Wars Day, May the 4th, and instantly became a social media phenomenon. Eater also reports that the Disney PR team has confirmed that the churros will be available to guests through the end of May.
The churros are pitting friends against each other.