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15 Latino Recipes That Are Keto Friendly

Because of the emphasis on corn, rice, potatoes, and other carb-rich foods, many people think that Latino cuisine is not an option for the ketogenic diet. But that is far from the case. In fact, there are many traditional Latino meals that are low carb and high on protein and fat that not only fit right into even the most rigorous keto diet plan but actually taste better than those bland and boring recipes in most ketogenic diet programs. So let’s do a break down of our favorite Latino-keto compatible dishes as well as some tips to getting the best out of a keto diet regime while keeping the sazón at the same time!

Ceviche All Day

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Ceviche is not only delicious, it’s also high in fat and protein, and low-carb, making it perfect for the keto diet. Go straight Peruvian style or try adding avocado (Mexican style) for even more healthy fats and ketosis stimulating action.

Soup Your Way To Keto

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Soups are one of the best ways to cook meats and veggies together and skip the rice, breads and other carbs that usually get served on the dinner plate. Check out this recipe for a slow cooked taco soup that is keto friendly and will make your taste buds dance.

Ditch The Flour Tortillas For…

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Those soft buttery flour tortillas we like to wrap everything in are going to have to take a hike when you go keto. Sorry, but true. Corn tortillas are a bit better on the glycemic levels, but you still need to take it easy.

Cheese Taco Shells Instead

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We know, sounds weird and abuelita would definitely not approve, but using tacos shells made out of cheese instead of corn lets you dramatically cut the carbs and up the fat. Besides, if you do it right and toast the shells a bit, they actually come out pretty delicious!

Guacamole On Everything

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Need we say more? You already put it on everything from the morning eggs to those grilled fajitas, so just keep it up. Avocados are one of the foods with the most amount of ketosis on the planet, so adding guacamole to your dishes is a good way to up the dish’s keto potency.

Up The Bar On Salads

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While many salads are just too light on protein and fats to be considered real keto superstars, you can change that by upping their keto potential at home. From avocado and tomato salads to Mexican style kale and jalapeño salad, the trick is in both the ingredients and in the dressing – keep it rich and full of healthy fats.

Cut The Sweets

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Yup, we had to go there. Sugar is the number one substance that will kick your body out of ketosis mode and back into fat storing mode. So, when it comes to everything from chocolate, abuelita style, to those amazing pasteles at the bakery, you are just going to have to say no for a while.

Go Nuts, Brazilian Style 

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With their all fat and protein makeup, nuts are one of your most powerful allies on the keto diet. Those finger-sized Brazil nuts from South America are actually one of the lowest carb nuts in the world, along with pecans and macadamias. So stock up on some and carry them with you to satisfy the munchies when out and about.

Chocolate: Go Dark Or Go Home

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Yes, you can eat chocolate on the keto diet, every day if you want – but it must be dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa solids. The milk and sugar added to lighter chocolates will throw the diet off, but the healthy fats in dark chocolate actually help you maintain ketosis.

Read:These Latina Celebs And Foodies Want You To Know Why They’re Never Dieting Again

Squash Burrito Bowls

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Missing wrapping up all your favorite ingredients into a giant burrito because the keto diet is against it? Then check out this simple solution: put all your goodies – and don’t forget the cheese and avocado – into the edible container of a squash instead. Check out this spaghetti squash burrito bowl recipe for an example.

Read: Here’s How I Learned To Adapt To Being Vegetarian Despite Living In A Family That Craves Carne

Lettuce Talk Tacos

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We know, sounds boring, but the truth is you can make them as exciting as you want. Just swap out the corn tacos for lettuce and then you can fill them up with all your regular favorite tacos meats and fixings. Here is an easy how-to for chorizo filled lettuce tacos to get you on the right track.

Read: These Non-Corn Tortillas For Your Next Taco Tuesday Will Change Everything You Know About Tacos

Get Your Churrasco On

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One of the best things about the keto diet is that it’s a great opportunity to up your grilling skills. Do it like a pro and even whip up a fat burning chimichurri sauce that will give your churrasco not just authentic Argentine flavor but even more metabolism-enhancing power.

Introduce Bacon To Your Meals

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Bacon is not really that popular in most Latin American countries. On the keto diet, however, it’s an energy boosting treat. Start experimenting with bacon by adding it to your favorite meals, such as bacon guacamole fat bombs

Read: .24 Ways To Use Avocado That Aren’t Guacamole

Check In With Your Doctor

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While the keto diet has been linked to a very large range of health benefits, there are also some risks for some people, especially in terms of the fat intake and heart health. Everyone should check with their doctor before starting a long-term keto diet just to make sure you are not putting your health at risk.

Put Mole On It 

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Nutty, fatty and sometimes even chocolatey, Mexican moles are a powerful and delicious way to up the ketosis inducing power of any protein dish you serve. Here is a yummy mole coloradito recipe to get you rolling down ketosis lane like a superstar.

23 Gifts For The Friend Who Always Has Hot Cheetos Fingers

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23 Gifts For The Friend Who Always Has Hot Cheetos Fingers

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are life, need we say more?

They’re crunchy, they’re spicy, they make your mouth water just thinking about them. They’re the best thing that has ever existed in the history of the world. That might sound dramatic, but you know we’re not wrong.

This gift guide is for the friend in your life who’s always got Hot Cheetos stained fingers, but that could also be you. So you can either be selfish and get all the good stuff for yourself or be selfless and gift your BFF the best Hot Cheetos inspired holiday presents.

1. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos card

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The perfect card to let your friend know what you think of them.

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2. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos socks

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Keep them toes cozy with these flamin’ hot socks.

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3. Baked Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

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For that friend who’s trying to cut back on the Hot Cheetos, here’s a “healthy” alternative.

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4. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos leggings

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You’ll for sure make a strong statement wearing these.

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5. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos keychain

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Look at that liddo Hot Cheetos keychain, we love it so much we’re about to recommend 3-4 more different versions of it.

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6. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos travel mug

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Pour it up, pour it up.

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7. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chipotle Ranch

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For the Hot Cheetos obsessed friend who NEEDS to try every single type of Hot Cheetos flavored out there.

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8. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos hair bow

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Hair on fleek.

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9. Takis keychain

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Obviously, these aren’t Hot Cheetos. But if you’re a true Hot Cheetos fan, you know these are the second best chips to eat when you want to take a break from the usual.

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10. Flamin’ Hot Ruffles

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Again, for that friend who needs to eat anything that includes the words “Hot Cheetos.”

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11. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos earrings

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Get that bling, honey.

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12. Hot Cheetos phone case

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Protect your phone with these flamin’ hot phone case.

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13. Reusable chopsticks

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We know there’s some of you out there who use chopsticks to eat Hot Cheetos to avoid the Hot Cheetos finger (they’re the best part though), so here you go, get you some chopsticks.

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14. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos sticker

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Slap it on your laptop.

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15. Flamin’ Xxtra Hot Cheetos keychain

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Look! Another cute keychain.

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16. Takis and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos travel mug

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The best of both worlds, unite.

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17. Flamin’ Hot Fries keychain

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Look! Another cute keychain.

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18. Another pair of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos leggings

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Oh, boy. These leggings will for sure get some heads turning. Werk it.

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19. OG Flamin’ Hot Cheetos pin

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Perfect to pin on your denim jacket.

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20. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dress

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And we’re ready for the club in this Hot Cheetos inspired look.

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21. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos joggers

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Get cozy in these Hot Cheetos joggers.

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22. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dad hat

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Wear your love for Hot Cheetos loud and proud.

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23. A Flamin’ Hot Cheetos print

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Check out this lovely piece of Hot Cheetos inspired art.

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The New York Times Honestly Discovered Tajín And Their Love For It Is Kind Of The Sweetest

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The New York Times Honestly Discovered Tajín And Their Love For It Is Kind Of The Sweetest

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Tajín is a special chile y limon spice mix that is as much a part of Mexican culture as elotes and paletas. You can use it on so many different foods and the most obvious choice is on fresh fruit. That brand of salty sweet crystals that you put on top of pieces of fruit is fast becoming the recognizable spice of choice for chefs and foodies around the U.S. It is just one way that Latino culture is permeating American culture.

The New York Times is finally giving Tajín, the most iconic Mexican kitchen staple, a moment to shine in the national spotlight.

Any Mexican and Mexican-American will swear by this seasoning. It is everywhere and on everything. The taste of the spicy-lime flavor amplifies the naturally sweet flavor of ripe fruit and gives a deep profile to frozen paletas on hot summer days. The aroma wafting out of a freshly opened bottle will change the world as you know it.

The New York Times recently published an article praising the bright red chile salt and, honestly, it’s about time.

Tajín has been around for over three decades, since 1985. However, the iconic concoction didn’t break into the U.S. market until 1993. It is literally as well-known and adored by Mexican families as Chamoy, a sauce created using fermented chiles and fruits also used on all kinds of foods.

Legit, people never leave their house without this seasoning because you never know when you’re going to need it.

Legions of ride-or-die Tajín fans have been sprinkling the seasoning since they were kids. It’s almost a rite of passage—start off with fruit and then as you get older, rims of margarita or cocktails get a dash of Tajín. It’s the cycle of life so many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have enjoyed.

The article, written by Daniela Galarza, gave people a look at the history of the incredible seasoning.

If sprinkling tajín is a lifestyle, then everyone from your corner bionicos shop that has just the right amount of red dusting on your spears of pepino and chunks of sandia, to Bon Appetit magazine’s recipe listings, are stanning tajín—just the way food royalty should be treated, tbh.

It’s one of the most spectacular fandoms known to the food world.

The article explains that even though the company was founded in Guadalajara in 1985, the U.S. has become a massive market. According to The New York Times, 40 percent of the market for Tajín is in the U.S. where Mexican-Americans make up 11.3 percent of the total U.S. population. Mexican-Americans also make up 63.2 percent of the Latino population in the U.S.

In case you weren’t sure, the love for Tajín is so strong and transcends man-made borders.

“I can’t even imagine a time before Tajín, or before salts flavored with lime and chile,” Mariana Gomez Rubio, a culinary consultant in Mexico City told The New York Times.

This social media user said the red seasoning was there for her when she had a health condition.

The popularity of this chile-flavored salt (its main ingredients include dried chiles de árbol, guajillo and pasilla, dehydrated lime and salt) that has its roots in Zapopan, Jalisco.

And it looks so good when it is used appropriately, which it is hard to use it inappropriately.

It is a great way to make sure that you are eating all of your fruits and veggies. After all, we could all be eating more of the heathy stuff and is this makes it easier, then why now.

Imagine coming across these spice and citrusy cucumbers in your house after a long day at work.

Grab a tissue so you don’t drool on your phone. We know you can’t get enough of Tajín and that is normal. We all have a love affair with this one-of-a-kind treat.

Recipes for everything from desserts (this innovative chef paired the chile-lime salt with chocolate and bananas to make fluffy banana bread) to NYT reader-suggested pineapple chunks have been making the Internet and social media rounds from true fans.

The sight of red chile sprinkled #TajinMoments is only going to increase. The brand has announced collabs with Pinkberry, On the Border spiced tortilla chips, and Snak Club for peach ring candy, peanuts and trail mix.

The company is betting on its continued success and is expanding into a larger facility in Jalisco later this year. It has also started looking into making a push into Pakistan, India, and Japan—countries that also like to use spices in their cooking.

Nice, nice—getting worldwide, Tajín!

Along with its buddies chamoy and Tapatio sauce, we see Tajín enjoying its golden days for years (and perhaps decades) to come around the world.

Are you a fan? Tell us your favorite tajín recipe in the comments and share this article with your friends!

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