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9 Latino-Inspired Products That Are Good, Bad And Weird

If you need any proof that Latinos are influencing American culture more and more, just walk through a major supermarket. Decades ago, you could barely find any traditional Latino products. Now, not only is there usually a Latino product section in the store, some of the most mainstream brands around create products with Latino-influenced flavors, like these:

Limón Pepino Gatorade

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Credit: Gatorade / PepsiCo

If you’re Mexican, you probably grew up drinking agua de pepino with limón. If you were somehow deprived of that agua fresca goodness, you DEFINITELY had a taste of sliced cucumbers with salt, chile y limón. Well, someone at Gatorade found out about this magical combination and created their “Lime Cucumber / Pepino Limón” flavor. It became so popular that a bunch of pepino fiends created a Facebook fan page for it. Maxim even wrote an entire piece about it titled “The Cult of Limon Pepino Gatorade.”

Doritos Dinamita

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Credit: Sabritas / Lay’s

Doritos thought they had the tortilla chip game on lock until Takis came along and left your fingers bright red. Doritos took notice and retaliated with the “Dinamita” line, which features those familiar rolled-up tortilla chips with flavors such as Chile Limón, Fiery Habanero, Mojo Criollo and Nacho Picoso.

Dulce de Leche Cheerios

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Credit: General Mills

Ummm, yes, totally into this. As if Cheerios weren’t already delicious and snack-worthy on their own, that sweet, Argentinian-inspired dulce de leche flavor makes this sound irresistible.

Ruffles Tapatío Chips

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Credit: Sabritas / Lay’s

Latinos have been adding Tapatío and limón to Ruffles (and pretty much any other chip) for decades. In 2011, the folks at Lay’s finally caught on and created Tapatío and limón flavored Ruffles and Doritos. Guess what? That doesn’t stop people from adding even more Tapatío and limón to their Tapatío-flavored chips.

Mini Cinnamon Churros Cereal

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Credit: Post Cereal

When you get the craving for the cinnamon goodness of fried dough, nothing can hold you back from a churro. Especially when you can find ’em for cheap at a local neighborhood spot. Now there’s a cereal version?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! BRB, gotta go clean up my drool.

Lay’s Pico de Gallo Chips

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Credit: Lay’s

This one is a little weird because you’re probably used to eating pico de gallo with tortilla chips. Someone at Lay’s said “F*ck it, let’s try it on potato chips” and, apparently, people love it.

Rockstar Horchata Energy Drink

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Credit: Rockstar

Who asked for an horchata-flavored energy drink? Not you and not us, but someone made it anyway. It’s anyone guess what this tastes like, but it definitely wouldn’t exist without Mexicans.

Bud Light Lime

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Credit: Budweiser

Once again, Mexicans have been drinking beer with lime and salt for DECADES. After years of watching Americans add limes to their Coronas, Bud Light began channeling its own inner-Corona with this lime flavored beer.

Chipotle Wheat Thins

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Credit: Nabisco

At some point in the 2000s, Americans “discovered” chipotle and soon, chipotle-flavored everything became available at your local supermarket. There’s chipotle mayo, chipotle cream cheese, chipotle peanuts, etc. Well, the folks at Nabisco decided to throw a little chipotle on their Wheat Thins to “spice” things up.

Kern’s Agua Fresca In Tamarindo, Jamaica & Limón

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Credit: Kern’s

Kern’s, which makes all sorts of delicious and refreshing juices, was purchased by Mexican company Jumex in 2013. That probably explains their Aguas Frescas line, which boasts three different flavors.

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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.

Credit: weallgrowlatina.com/fundlatinafoodjefas

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.

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