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20 Latino Snacks We Grew Up With And Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Let’s say that the recent awareness of young and old folks towards healthier lifestyles isn’t really catching that much speed, but no doubt it is spreading like wildfire in a wind storm. So, how many of these latino snacks did you even guess is part of a vegan diet? And, by the way, a vegan is someone that does not eat any animal products or by-products just in case you didn’t know!

1. Plantain Chips

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You’ll find these delightful treats most anywhere subtropical South of the Rio Grande, and as long as they don’t have any cheesy toppings, they’re good to go (down, that is!).


2. Sesame Seed / Coconut Snacks.

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These famous Puertorican snacks are the perfect treat for any time of day, they come in different flavors (vegan and not) like Mango, Strawberry, Guava and Dulce de leche.

3. Tajín

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Speaking of chili powder, that’s the holy grail of them all! Worthy of a Nobel Prize, this mix of dried chilies is a classic! Everything, and I mean everything, is bettered by it.

4. Mazapan

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The delectable and crumbly puree of peanuts that is simply too good to believe is vegan. Hey! Who says vegan foods have to be bland? Not this kind… dig in!

5. Paletas

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Just about any fruit will do. Stuff an ice pop mold, layer in between with “chamoy”, that tasty and tart salsa mix and forget about the 100º heat ‘cause its game on.

6. Mangonadas

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Some things are soooo good looking, you’d have a hard time believing they’re also vegan. Chill a few mango slices, splash a bunch of tart salsas and powders on ‘em, put them in a cup and go.

7. Conchitas

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Originally a Northern Mexico snack, these corn chips will make you pucker up with their acidity. Follow the usual adding salsas and powders and you’re in yummy goodness.

8. Nachos

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Yeah, skip the sour cream and pour on the “pico” and beans and you’ll have a crowd pleaser like no other. Guac is optional and included in the sticker price!

9. Takis

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This Mexican snack took the country by storm and keeps getting better and better with their ever-changing lineup of hotter that hot combinations certain to build up a thirst!

10. Doraditas

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This sweet and crunchy treat would look like it has non-vegan ingredients, but you won’t find them anywhere, so indulge along with almond milk laced coffee and binge-watch that show you love!

11. Soda and Peanuts

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It’s real, people do put peanuts in their pop and then down it in a hurry. Of course, it is vegan, but some folks think it isn’t real. Add some chili powder for an extra punch!

12. Chocolate Abuelita

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Just make it with almond or soy milk, but the minute the temperature falls below 70º is reason enough to shake that legendary Abuelita chocolate tablet and get yourself some great pan dulce.

13. Sabritones

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The ultimate flour chicharron covered in a delicious spicy zesty powder. You’ll eat the whole bag, you’ve been warned.

14. Sorbet with Tajín

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A great refresher, this frozen dessert made with fruit flavored water becomes a marvel once you add some Tajin, chamoy and just about anything to liven it up. Amazing!

15. Cotton Candy

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Always vegan, always sweet, always irresistible, and never with a guilt feeling. Nothing says you’re in the mood for fun like a huge ball of sugar on a stick, party baby!

16. Tostada

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Top it off with refried beans, pico, shredded cabbage, and corn kernels. Skip the queso fresco and sour cream, top it off with some Valentina red sauce and dig in, it’s a delicious mess!

17. Roasted Nuts

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Switch the butter for margarine and rub a whole bunch of pecans, cashews, peanuts, even garbanzo, then broil a few minutes in the oven, toss with salt, pepper, a touch of brown sugar and Tajin, and get a beer (or 3!). It’s well worth it!

18. Michelada

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Use a Mexican beer first, then add the mixture: a splash of lime juice from a lime previously used to season the rim of the glass and add, of course, Tajin; tomato juice (no clam stuff!), a dash (or eight) of hot sauce, salt and pepper, more Tajin, and a lot of beer!

19. Original Salsitas Spicy Salsa Flavored Tortilla Rounds

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These will definitely satisfy your Tostilocos craving, give them a try. Be warned. Once you start it can be hard to stop.

20. Durito

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Smother these in beans, cabbage and a hell lot of salsa. You’ve got yourself a perfect, messy treat. There you have it, a whole bunch of goody treats that are vegan, for whatever reason you might be wanting to have them: whether you’re on a diet or are an animal rights activist. Just enjoy!

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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.

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