Spiced Pumpkin Chocoflan

Spiced Pumpkin Chocoflan

I’m a few days late and a few dollars short, but it’s finally Fall!

It’s still 85 degrees here in SoCal, so lets crank up the AC for a few minutes and pretend the leaves outside are changing color.

Before we talk about the amazingness that is spiced pumpkin chocoflan, I wanted to share some quick resources for Mexico’s and Puerto Rico’s relief funds.

Mexico: Unicef, Save The Children, Cruz Roja Mexicana

Puerto Rico: United for Puerto Rico, Unicef, All Hands Volunteers

My heart hurts for everyone that was impacted by these natural disasters, and I encourage you to show your support whichever way you can.

Spiced Pumpkin Chocoflan

I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin; pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream and those amazing Trader Joes pumpkin jojo’s (that I just recently tried to finished a whole box of) and last year, Billy made this spiced chocolate pumpkin loaf that was so moist and chocolatey with just the right amount of spice and pumpkin and I mentioned  to him that I wanted to see how it would hold up in a chocoflan.

If you don’t know what chocoflan is, it’s basically a cake that consists of two layers, chocolate cake as the bottom layer and flan as the top layer. Some people refer to it as the “impossible” cake because when you’re making it, you add the batter to the pan first and then pour in the flan mixture and during the baking process they switch places! It’s basically a magic trick you can eat.

Adding pumpkin to the cake makes it really moist, and if you’ve never had chocolate and pumpkin together, you’re in for a real treat. It’s such a great pairing that you might have never thought to combine. The recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice, and I strongly suggest you check out Billy’s homemade recipe for it so you don’t end up using store-bought pumpkin spice that tastes super artificial.

With all the work potlucks that are going to be popping up in the next few weeks, add this dessert to your repertoire and impress everyone at work!

I have a few fun recipes that I’ll be sharing next week. Till then, grab a fork and enjoy a slice of chocoflan drenched in cajeta, y nos vemos pronto.

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Tangelo Tequila Spritzer

Tangelo Tequila Spritzer

Hola!

Voting for the 2017 Saveur Blog awards ends next week! I would really appreciate it if you took a quick second to vote for Chicano Eats in the Best New Voice Category!

You can keep voting here daily.

Also check out/vote for some of my other favorite food blogs like A Cozy Kitchen, who is nominated in the Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners Category, and Inspired by Charm and Crafty Chica who are both nominated in the Best Style and Design Blog Category.

Tangelo Tequila Spritzer

A few days ago, I took the time to donate to both the Houston Food Bank and the Houston SPCA, because I can’t help but think of the many animals that have been displaced. Just watching videos of dogs being rescued really tug at my heartstrings and make me super emotional.

The Texas SPCA has set up an amazon wishlist where you can go and purchase items they need. Access their list here.

If you’re looking to contribute directly to organizations that target POC communities, here’s a few to look into:

Raices – Raises provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.

The Black Women’s Defense League – Supports marginalized communities that may go unserved by larger relief efforts.

South Texas Human Rights Center –  Community organization dedicated to the promotion, protection, defense and exercise of human rights and dignity in South Texas.

ICNA Relief – Muslims for Humanity provides social services across the U.S. to the underprivileged and those affected by natural disasters.

Head over to ColorLines for a more extensive list.

Tangelo Tequila Spritzer

Summer is starting to come to an end, and with Labor Day right around the corner, I figured a good cocktail was in order.

I don’t know what it is, but I love the smell of citrus fruits–they are so invigorating and vibrant and they evoke a sense of happiness in me! When I came across these tangelos at Sprouts, I fell in love. They were so aromatic and so bright that I just had to take some home and do something with them–so here we are.

This tequila spritzer is very easy to make, and super convenient if you’re like me and happen to be hoarding a ton of La Croix in your fridge. It comes together in a few minutes, it is very light and refreshing, and technically you can use whatever citrus fruit you have on hand!

I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, and if you are able to, I’d like to encourage you to contribute and support Houston whichever way you can.

Stay Chingonx!

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Chili Citrus Mezcal Wings

Chili Citrus Mezcal Wings

Hola!

If you happened to miss the exciting news, Chicano Eats has been nominated for “Best New Voice” in the 2017 Saveur Food Blog Awards! If you’d like to show your support, you can head here to cast your vote for me! You can vote daily, as many times as you’d like. It is such an honor to be nominated alongside 5 other really talented creators. I can’t thank you enough because without you, I wouldn’t have been nominated.

Se los agradezco.

The idea for these wings randomly popped in my head as I was leaving work a few days ago. I was having a day where all I wanted at the moment was a platter of really crispy wings, and I thought to myself…what if I made a sauce/glaze with mezcal? Mezcal already pairs really well with citrus, so why not give it a go? I got in the kitchen and winged the sauce and it actually worked really well. The mezcal I used was really smoky, or as my mom would say, hediondo and it actually came through very nicely with the rest of the flavors. These make for a really good appetizer/party dish, or if you’re like me, a light snack and if you need any ideas on what else to accompany these with, try Billy’s Rosé watermelon slushies!

Have a good weekend, and as always stay chingonx.

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Saveur Blog Awards 2017

Paleta PayasoI have major news to share.

I’ve been nominated for the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards in the Best New Voice category!!

If you enjoy my work, and would like to show your support, you can cast your vote for me here starting today through September 6th.

I’m so excited about everything that has happened this year, and I have all of you to thank!

Thank you for following my stories, making mis recetas, and for sharing your thoughts and stories with me too! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Muchas Gracias!