15 Snack Foods Every Mexican-American Grew Up Eating

Growing up Mexican-American has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage: you get the best of both worlds when it comes to food. Enchiladas and Spaghetti. Takis and Cheetos. ¡Sponch! and Oreos. 

One disadvantage: all your non-Mexican friends think you’re loco, because you actually enjoy pouring chili-flavored powder into your mouth as a “snack.” 

From Gansitos to Pelon Pelo Rico, these are the 15 snacks food every Mexican-American knows to be the best (even if everyone else thinks you’re weird.)

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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