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Latinos Love Arroz y Frijoles, But Not Every Dish Is The Same

Arroz y frijoles are a staple of Latin American food. Some people CANNOT eat a meal without them. But different countries have different types of rice and beans, with different styles of cooking influenced by Spain, Africa, and the native cultures of the Americas. While they all look similar, each one will take your taste buds to completely different zones. Read on to see if your favorite plato is below!

Arroz with Frijoles de la Olla

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If you’re Mexican, you’re used to eating pinto beans and red rice with most of the dishes you eat. Beans can be flavored with garlic, cilantro and lemon, onion and with red peppers or green peppers. Mexico has 100 different varieties of peppers, so you’ll never run out of ways to flavor the beans!

Moros y Cristianos

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Cubans prefer this variation of rice and beans called moros y cristianos. In this dish, the rice and beans are cooked together. The rice is white and the moros are the black beans and usually cooked with pork. Perfection. Just perfection!

Arroz con Habichuelas

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Arroz con habichuelas is Puerto Rico’s take on rice and beans, and traditionally uses a smaller form of the red bean, a pinto bean, and white rice garnished with cilantro and garlic, onion and cilantrillo, which is a variation of the cilantro herb. Mmmmmm.

Casamiento

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In El Salvador and Honduras, the main rice and beans dish is called casamiento – yes, that means “marriage.” It features black beans and rice in matrimony with any of the above deliciousness added to it.

Arroz con Coco

#dinner #steak #riceandbeans

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A white rice cooked in coconut oil or coconut milk with sugar and a red kidney bean or pinto bean is what’s for dinner in Panama. Colombians do it up by adding raisins! With 7 or 8 ways of preparing the beans, you will never tire of the dish.

READ: Foods Mexicans Cannot Eat without Limón

Bandeja Paisa

#omellette #baconandchorizo #mushroomsandavocado #riceandbeans #loveditsomuch #homemade #sicocinorico

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Arroz con frijoles is frequently treated as a side dish rather than a main plate. But in Colombia they serve up bandeja paisa, which can consist of red beans cooked with white rice, pork, ground meat, plantains, fried egg, chicharrón, chorizo, hogoa sauce, arepa, avocado and lemon and black pudding. So much goodness in one dish.

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Arroz con Pollo

Homemade is best. #vegan #vegetarian #veganfood #riceandbeans #eatyourcolors

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Also popular in Colombian cuisine is arroz con pollo, which is yellow rice, shredded chicken, and vegetables like carrots and peas. It makes for an excellent hangover cure too!

Moro de Habichuelas

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The Dominican version of rice and beans is called moro de habichuelas and is a mixture of rice, bean and vegetables. Red kidney beans can be swapped out in favor of white beans, fava beans, black beans, butter beans or green pigeon peas in place of the red kidney beans.

READ: Did You Know that Mexican Food is Officially Recognized as Culturally Important?

Gallo Pinto

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Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans traditionally eat gallo pinto. Lile moros y cristianos, the rice and beans in gallo pinto are cooked together, which gives it that nice light brown color.

Arroz y Porotos

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In Argentina and Chile, the word for beans is porotos and the dishes they serve typically feature kidney beans. Leave it to them to change it all up.

**Drooling on my laptop as I type this**

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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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