How This Non-Mexican Became The Biggest Spicy Food Lover
A lot of non-Latinos assume we all love spicy food and are born with chilis in our mouth, and well, that’s not true. For some of us, our cuisine is more centered around fried corns and flour with cheese, leaving us having to learn the ways of spicy food the hard way. But, for me, the journey was delicious.
My parents are from Colombia and Ecuador, two countries not typically known to have super spicy dishes.credit: Giphy via YouTube
Not at all.
Growing up, we didn’t have hot sauce bottles in the house. We mostly had garlic. A lot of it.credit: Jane The Virgin/ CW via Tumblr
As a Miami girl that ate a lot of Cuban food, I can tell you that Cuban food doesn’t have much spice either.
Typical meals included a lot of rice, arepas, platanos, potatoes and grains.credit: Desus & Mero
A lot of their dishes tend to be carb-heavy.
My idea of adding zest to meals was piling on the CHEESE.credit: Giphy
But I definitely had a thing for green peppers and cilantro.
When I first had Mexican, Indian or other spicy food, I generally stayed away from the salsas, assuming they’d be too hot.credit: Bruno Mars/ YouTube via Rebloggy
(They usually were.)
People would meet my dislike for spicy food with, “But aren’t you Latina?”credit: Love & Hip Hop/VH1 via Giphy
I know, I know. I’m supposed to be super spicy and crafted out of jalapeños. Sorry to disappoint!
In high school, I started exploring Tabasco and Sriracha along with my friends…credit: First We Feast/ YouTube
I became all about hot wings, and thought, “This isn’t bad!”
And then, I met Cholula and Tapatío.credit: OITNB/ Netflix via Tumblr
It was just perfect for my unaccustomed taste buds.
I became that person that carries hot sauce with them everywhere.Credit: YouTube/Beyonce via Giphy
On my next trips to South America, I always had to ask for hot sauce.credit: The Voice/NBC via Giphy
…Which was usually sitting on some forgotten table, looking untouched for at least two years.
But the ají was usually jus cilantro, garlic and lime.credit: FOX/ Glee via Blogspot
Although, that little aji for empanadas DID have a kick.
My family found it very important to tell everyone, “she puts hot sauce on everything!”credit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine/ FOX via Giphy
She was so proud.
However, I do recognize my limits…credit: Late Show With Stephen Colbert/ CBS via Giphy
Like when my doctor said I should actually cut back, so… I stocked up on the Tums.
And although I still love the food I traditionally grew up with…credit: Jane The Virgin/ CW via University Primetime
Nothing beats it.
A little drop of salsita doesn’t hurt, right?The Voice / NBC via Giphy
Did you grow up not liking spicy and now can’t get enough of it? Which Latino dishes do you think are better with spice? Let us know!
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