Amanda Cargill Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a deep love of food and the stories it tells. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Prepare Chayote
Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Prepare Chayote

Though a common ingredient in Mexican cooking, chayote can be a bit scary for the newbie chef. What does chayote taste like? How do you serve chayote? How do you peel chayote? What do you do with the seeds?

Short answers:


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Celebrate National Pizza Day with Unique Recipes for the Perfect Pie
Celebrate National Pizza Day with Unique Recipes for the Perfect Pie

Pizza! Pizza! Who doesn't love it? But on today of all days – it's National Pizza Day! - why not mix up your usual pizza protocol and trade the pepperoni and extra cheese for something a bit more daring (and far more delicious, in our humble opinion).

Here, in honor of National Pizza Day, a collection of our favorite pizza recipes. Buen provecho!


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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Foodies: Editor’s Picks
Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Foodies: Editor’s Picks

Don't know what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Uninspired by chocolates and flowers? We've got the answer!

Here, nine lovely Valentine's Day gifts for your love. Hand-picked by our food editors, they're perfect for the paramour who lives to cook, eat, and collect the latest, greatest kitchen gadgets. You're welcome!


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Celebrate Black History Month with Afro-Latin Recipes
Celebrate Black History Month with Afro-Latin Recipes

February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate African American heritage in the U.S. African culture and traditions also play a vital role in Latino culture. One of its most obvious contributions can be felt in the food we eat.

To honor Black History Month, we've assembled a collection of dishes that highlight the many ways in which African ingredients and cooking techniques have informed the Latin kitchen.  


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Watch This Painfully Hilarious Video of Americans Taste Testing the World's Hottest Sauces
Watch This Painfully Hilarious Video of Americans Taste Testing the World's Hottest Sauces

From Tapatio to Tabasco, Cholula to Lizano, everyone's got a favorite hot sauce brand. Preferences are typically based on flavor, consistency, and heat index.

It's the latter that the staffers at BuzzFeed decided to test in a hilariously uncomfortable video that shows them pretty much burning their tongues off, or as one staffer put it while writhing in pain: "Oh no, oh no... How is this possible??!!!" 

Check out the insane video for yourself and prepare to laugh out loud!


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Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Prepare Cassava
Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Prepare Cassava

Cassava (aka yucca) has long perplexed chefs. Its thick skin and inedible core make cooking with it a trick. But no more!

This one minute cooking video demonstrates quickly and simply how to cook with cassava. Watch it (and the “how to cook” videos that will follow every Monday) and you're one step closer to Top Chef


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6 Mind-blowing Hot Wings Recipes Just in Time for the Super Bowl
6 Mind-blowing Hot Wings Recipes Just in Time for the Super Bowl

Hot wings are a football party staple, and there's no bigger party than the Super Bowl. 

This weekend, indulge your craving with these delish hot wings recipes. Trust us, you've never had hot wings like this before.

Get the recipes at The Latin Kitchen >>>


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Score a Touchdown with Awesome Latin Superbowl Party Recipes
Score a Touchdown with Awesome Latin Super Bowl Party Recipes

Superbowl weekend is here, and with it the party you're probably hosting for your boyfriend, your friends, your boyfriend's friends, your family… basically everyone who loves football.

Don't panic. We've got you covered with easy Latin recipes that make perfect Superbowl party snacks and can be prepared in a snap.

Chile relleno burgers, Mexican tortas, pulled pork tacos? Yea, we've got that and more. Go team!


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Superbowl Party Snacks for Vegetarians (Yes, Really!)
Superbowl Party Snacks for Vegetarians (Yes, Really!)

The football party to end all football parties - the Superbowl - is just around the corner, and with it a table full of beef nachos, burgers, chili dogs, and chicken wings. What's a vegetarian to do?

This year, show your vegetarian Superbowl party attendees some love by serving a few meatless dishes. Here, a collection of awesome vegetarian Superbowl recipes - from black bean cemitas to cheese jalapeno poppers - that are guaranteed to score with all your guests.   


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Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Peel Plantains
Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: How to Peel Plantains

Peeling plantains doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this quick cooking video to learn the fastest way to prepare plantains for making tostonesmaduros, and mofongo!

Then check back every Monday for more videos that teach you how to cook your favorite Latin foods.  

Learn to peel plantains at The Latin Kitchen >>>


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