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If You Love Chilaquiles, This Is Right Up Your Alley

Chilaquiles are genius.

Whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. GENIUS. In all caps. It’s a dish made out of tortillas. TORTILLAS.

Tortillas are something you usually use as a vessel for your main dish. A tortilla is something you wrap around other food. Sometimes you roll ’em up and eat them along with something else. Like menudo. Barbacoa. Sopa de fideo.

Or you tear off a piece and use it to scoop up beans, some kind of sauce, or eggs.

Tortillas are there to make an assist. Tortillas are unselfish. They have no ego. Tortillas aren’t worried about being the star of the show. They just want everyone to win.

Now, whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. Einstein level genius. Nikola Tesla level genius. One day, someone probably woke up with a mean ass cruda and decided, “I’m gonna make a dish out of these disks that I usually use to scrape my plate at the end of a meal.” So they grabbed a knife and cut up a bunch of old tortillas. Old *stale* tortillas. Thats what make this even more genius.


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CREDIT: Credit: RubyDW / flickr

Whoever invented this said, “Hmm… which item in my kitchen is on the verge of being unusable? Ah! these graying tortillas!”


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Stay with me.

So this person throws the tortillas in a pan and adds salsita. Sprinkles a little cheese on top. That’s it. Tortillas, YOU are the star of the show.


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Finally.

And guess what, tortillas? You’re delicious. You can carry a meal all by your own damn self. And chilaquiles, you’re the best company when nursing a hangover.

Who knew? The genius who invented chilaquiles.

Who the hell decides to make a dish out of tortillas!? The genius who invented chilaquiles, that’s who.

And tortillas came through in the clutch. After all those days of scooping up frijoles and huevitos morning after morning. With no complaints. Just there to make the assist.

Then someone added eggs. They were like, “Yo, eggs, how bout you give this assist shit a try? Tortillas have had your back since day one.” And guess what? Eggs were like, “Fuck it, tortillas, it’s your time to shine.”


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CREDIT: Credit: Omar Villegas

Now, if you still haven’t realized how next level this shit is, think of it this way.

Hot dog buns.

Like tortillas, hot dog buns are there to make the assist. They’re there to protect delicious warm meat. They’re the supporting actor.

Imagine one day looking at a bag of moldy ass hot dog buns (that you’ve had in your kitchen since 4th of July because throwing ’em away the next day would make you feel like a dick) and saying, “You know what would hit the spot right now? A dish made out of hot dog buns!”


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CREDIT: Credit: bankbryan / flickr

How would you even make that work?

Would you sauté them in ketchup and mustard? No thanks. That shit sounds gross.

Would you cut up a bunch of stiff hot dog buns and add a little chili and cheese? (OK, that actually sounds kinda appetizing, but for the sake of my argument let’s pretend it’s super gross).

Would wieners even be willing to play second fiddle to hot dog buns? Probably not (because hot dogs only come around a few times a year and tortillas are there every. damn. day). Shit, tortillas are always down to fill in for hot dog buns when they’re not around. That’s how unselfish tortillas are.

I’m pretty sure no one has ever considered making a dish out of hot dog buns. Why would they? It’s a weird-ass idea.

But the genius who invented chilaquiles took a look at tortillas and said, “Yo, I think you can do this.”

And tortillas killed it.

And by proving tortillas could be the star of the show, someone else ended up creating nachos.

Can you imagine a world without chilaquiles and nachos?

Genius.


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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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