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How To Make Birria Lasagna

For those who love birria, Del Real Foods just dropped a Birria Taco Kit that simplifies making the braised, shredded beef at home. It makes 5 double-stacked tacos in just 5 minutes of heating, making it a super quick option for a tasty gluten-free meal – or something fun you can use to transform into a creative new dish.

That’s exactly what Foodbeast Chris did with the birria taco kit. He drew inspiration from the viral birria fusions that have taken over social media, like Birria Pizza or Birria Tamales.

However, Chris made one that uses just the core ingredients of birria and transforms them into a new dish: Birria Lasagna.

Instead of pasta, this lasagna uses layers of tortillas that have Oaxacan cheese fried into them. The birria from the Del Real kit makes it super easy to construct, and all you need is the kit, some Oaxacan cheese, queso fresco, and whatever toppings you desire what the lasagna is baked.

Below is Chris’s recipe he used to make this tasty and easy Birria Lasagna.

Ingredients

  • 1 Del Real Foods Birria Taco Kit (get your own here or see if it’s any local stores near you)
  • 12 oz Oaxacan cheese
  • 10 oz queso fresco
  • Crema for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Finely chopped white onions for garnish

Steps

  1. Preheat your birria according to package instructions, in the microwave for 3-3 1/2 minutes.
  2. Add a generous layer of Oaxacan cheese to a frying pan or cast-iron skillet. It should be about as wide as your tortillas from the Del Real kit.
  3. Dip a tortilla into the consomme on each side, then place on top of the cheese so it melts into the tortilla and gets crispy on the other side. Repeat for each tortilla.
  4. Construct your lasagna in a baking dish. Start with a layer of cheese-fried tortillas, then top with birria and a layer of crumbled queso fresco.
  5. Repeat until your baking dish is full. Top the entire thing with some consomme and more Oaxacan cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes to ensure the cheese gets crispy.
  7. Let cool slightly to set, then cut a portion to your liking. Garnish with crema, cilantro, and chopped white onion.
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This Couple Just Hosted a Checkers-Themed Wedding Complete with Chicken Tenders Bouquet

Love can be unpredictable. Sometimes we’re attracted by the most unexpected things and it’s usually those unique qualities that spark a connection. Recently wed Arley Smude and Victoria Saunders can attest to unexpected connections.

They met three years ago at a mutual friend’s wedding. Smude happened to be seated behind Victoria, but initially avoided her, thinking she was spoken for after her friend shared his coat. He later discovered that she was in fact single, and mustered up the courage to ask her out. 

Three dates later they found themselves at a Checkers & Rally’s, unaware it would be the beginning of a life-long tradition. Checkers & Rally’s became a staple in their blooming relationship, and eventually Smude proposed to Saunders. There was a catch though: He would only go through with it if Saunders proposed to him in return, but with five Checkers Fry Burgers. 

Saunders decided to take him up on the challenge and one day showed up with 4 out of the 5 fry burgers. Although she only secured four burgers, her friend surprised her with the fifth at their proposal gathering, helping to seal the deal.

In a heartwarming gesture, Saunders got down on one knee, unwrapped one of the burgers and asked for Smude’s hand in marriage; to which he happily said, “I do,” and took a bite.

To celebrate, they decided to take engagement photos at the local Checkers & Rally’s — their epicenter of love. On their wedding day, in honor of their special story and at the request of Smude, Checkers provided the 43-Foot Fry Love Express. The Express treated guests to Checker’s famous fries for free as well as the new Fry-Seasoned Chicken Tenders. The final touch was a beautifully crafted, delicious bouquet of chicken tenders for the bride to be. I’m sure that made for a flavorful flower toss.

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Doritos and Taco Bell Aim for Taco Perfection with New Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT

Taco Tuesday just moved to Thursday. On February 10th, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the first Doritos Locos Tacos, Taco Bell will release their new Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT for a limited time. 

Like previous DLT’s, the latest flavorful iteration comes in the form of a crunchy taco shell made of Doritos chips. With more bang for your bite, this crunchy Dorito shell is coated with Cool Ranch seasoning, and finished with a layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Resting warmly inside the Dorito shell is seasoned beef, crispy lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese. 

Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT can also be included in the Build Your Own Cravings Box. The two variety packs are sure to provide enough eats to satisfy taco cravings.

  • Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Variety DLT Party Pack
    • Includes 6 Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT and 6 Crunchy Tacos
  • Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT Variety Meal for Two
    • Includes 2 Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLTs, 2 Nacho Cheese DLTs, 2 Crunchy Tacos, 2 Cinnamon Twists and 2 large drinks for $15.

Another interesting tidbit is that it’s Taco Bell’s 60th anniversary. Back in 1962, what began as a single location in Downey, CA is now enjoyed worldwide. Celebrate your love for tacos by trying the new Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch DLT on February 10th. You can satisfy your taco cravings at only $1.49 each, and level up to Supreme for just 50 cents more.

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Chipotle’s Plant-based Chorizo Just Debuted Nationwide

Chipotle has long been at the forefront of fast food vegan options and now they’re looking to boost their plant-based offerings with an all new Plant-Based Chorizo. The Plant-Based Chorizo at Chipotle is a tantalizing new vegan option that captures the deep, rich flavor of chorizo, without compromise.

This latest option is sure to bring nothing but the good stuff, which means using ingredients you can actually pronounce: Spanish smoked paprika, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle chili peppers, extra virgin olive oil, and tomatoes. The delicious result is a charred and grilled Chorizo with a bold, smokey flavor that just happens to be 100% vegan. Best of all, it contains 16 grams of plant-based protein in every serving.

Foodbeasts Elie and Oscar had a chance to try the Plant-Based Chorizo and were not disappointed, giving their nod of approval to just how booming its flavor was and how well it stayed true to the original.

To help celebrate the launch of Plant-Based Chorizo and to help get our new year started off right, Chipotle will be offering $0 delivery fees from January 3 to January 9. This should be an additional incentive to try for yourself Chipotle’s newest plant-based innovation that packs nothing but robust Chorizo flavor.

Created in partnership with Chipotle.

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The Makers Of This New Beverage Say It’s ‘The Perfect Soda’

There’s something about bold statements that grab your attention. Confidence is like a drug, it makes you curious, it makes you question. Just the right amount will suspend disbelief while some things are just too good to be true.

Speaking of confidence, there’s a new all natural soda beverage on the block named Perfy. That’s short and cute for perfect. To paint a picture of how confident they are, they’ve trademarked the phrase “The Perfect Soda™.” Clearly, they’ve come to burst any preconceived bubbles about what a perfect soda is, and based on the ingredients, it might be true.

Referred to as “the functional soda,” Perfy supports calm + focus + balance and is made using a combination of real fruit juice, nootropics (a class of substances that can boost brain performance), adaptors, and a blend of stevia, monk fruit, and allulose. With no more than 4g of sugar per can, you’re in for a refreshing experience offered in three flavors: fruit punch, tropical citrus and blood orange.

I can’t lie, that sounds pretty perfy to me. If you’d like to put it to the test, you can RSVP on their website to receive free samples.

Photos: Perfy Soda

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Glenfiddich’s New Fashion Collaboration Redefines Wealth and ‘Suiting Up’

Scotch is often seen as the spirit of the super-wealthy but Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky is looking to change that perception in more ways than one. Most recently, the launch of The New Standard harnesses fashion collaborations with the Waraire Boswell Brand and Rowing Blazers.

Glenfiddich describes the collabs as a re-imagination of traditional symbols of wealth, like the power suit and briefcase. The spirits brand enlisted the two contemporary fashion houses to give these symbols a refresh. The results are co-branded luxury sweatsuits, banker bags, and embroidered patches. All pieces were created to challenge societal norms by prioritizing quality, function, and versatility in their design, without sacrificing professionalism or style.

Waraire Boswell Brand’s reinterpretation of the power suit resulted in a sweatsuit, inspired by the hues of Glenfiddich’s Solera 15 Year Old bottle, Malt Master Brian Kinsman, and the Scottish Gaelic translation of “Glenfiddich” into English: From the Valley of the Deer. The subtle touches of his design, such as the Glenfiddich Stag icon, have a huge impact, as it meets Waraire Bowell’s logo in a careful alignment that’s also a re-contextualization of how a sweatsuit can be adorned.

“When I began the journey to redesign the power suit, I dug deep into the Glenfiddich brand – from its colors, heritage, and continual staying power, which has many synergies with my label,” says Boswell, the Founder of Waraire Boswell Brand. “Practicality is essential in all my designs and comfort is as practical as professionalism. In today’s world of distancing and endless video meetings, the sweatsuit I created with Glenfiddich solves for flexibility and versatility — a major need for both today and tomorrow.”

For Rowing Blazers, community and conversation are at the forefront of its designs. Inspired by the stories intrinsically woven into the process and spirit of Glenfiddich, the reimagined briefcase is a work-to-leisure creation. 

“I am thrilled to soon unveil our playful trade-up of the briefcase, complete with a bottle-piece attachment for Glenfiddich toting, and offering a versatile shape for flexibility in what it holds and where it goes,” says Rowing Blazers Founder, CEO and Creative Director Jack Carlson. “As with all of our designs, every element is crafted and chosen deliberately to spark interest and influence. It will absolutely be a conversation starter, just as Glenfiddich is.”

100 percent of proceeds of each product sold will benefit the GoFundMe Basic Necessities and Justice & Equality Causes, as well as the GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund with the goal of uplifting and funding those focused on entrepreneurial pursuits.

“The Great Resignation” has everyone rethinking about what’s important and what it means to be “rich.” In response, Glenfiddich recently released a study that reveals individuals’ personal definitions of professional success and how those same individuals believe society defines professional success are misaligned. In response to this, Glenfiddich is embarking on a larger mission to break from the paradigms of status and expand the definition of wealth.

Previously, the brand released its #Richest25, a subversion of traditional “Rich Lists,” which featured both Boswell and Carson among its honorees.

Boswell’s sweatsuit as well as and Rowing Blazers’ banker bag and patches are on sale now at Glenfiddich.com/TheNewStandard.

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We Used FRIED TAMALES To Make This Zesty Take On Chilaquiles

Here at Foodbeast, it’s hard to find a week where some sort of Mexican food doesn’t pass through the office. Located in the heart of Santa Ana, CA, a plethora of family-run restaurants and Latino-oriented stores stacked with any ingredient one could need to make an authentic dish lie nearby. But sometimes, it’s hard to find the time to go get a meal, let alone carve out the time required to make one. So when Del Real Foods offered to send us their new Dia de Los Muertos Bundle, the answer was, of course, an emphatic “Yes!”

Here’s why: the Dia de Los Muertos Bundle comes loaded with a plethora of traditional, hand-made Mexican dishes that’ve been made with recipes passed down through Deal Real’s founder Jesus Cardenas’ family for generations. Slow-cooked carnitas, tender barbacoa, a dozen pork tamalitos, six chicken tamales, and Del Real’s fire-roasted red salsa— it’s all there, and ready to be warmed up into an exquisite meal in seconds. Plus, did we mention the bundle includes a limited edition free Dia de los Muertos T-Shirt.

But this being Foodbeast, we weren’t content with simply eating a delicious dinner. No, no. Instead, we sent our resident food genie Chris on a mission to see what he could cook up with the bundle. He did not disappoint, coming up with some seriously incredible Tamale Chilaquiles, a recipe for which can be found at the bottom of this article.

By chopping up the tamales and deep-frying them, Chris created what may be an upgrade to tortilla chips. After being simmered in Del Real’s salsa, they held their crunch just like you’d hope a proper plate of chilaquiles would, but with four times the flavor. And once they were topped with tender carnitas and a crispy fried egg? I mean, come on. How could this not be delicious?

For an even more detailed look at the dish, check out the video above.

With Dia de los Muertos right around the corner, make sure to fill this holiday season with authentic home-made flavors from Del Real Foods. Additionally, this tamale chilaquiles recipe is only one way to get creative. There’s an endless amount of tasty uses. Even simply microwaving a combination of the contents will leave you with a meal that tastes like it was made at home, without any of the hassles of cooking. This bundle is an unbeatable deal, for $51.95, you will receive enough food to easily feed over 10 people, perfect for any Dia de los Muertos festivities.

You can’t beat that.

For more information on Del Real’s Dia de Los Muertos bundle, or to purchase it, visit their website.

Ingredients

  • Tamales and Tamalitos*
  • Prepared Carnitas or Barbacoa*
  • Del Real Red Salsa*
  • Crema
  • Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Radish
  • (2) Eggs
  • Vegetable oil (1 gal for frying)

* Ingredient included in the Del Real Dia De Los Muertos bundle

Step 1: Make Tamale Chips

  • Chill tamales and tamalitos in the freezer for 15 minutes
  • Slice into thin strips
  • Fry at 375 until crispy
  • Let cool on a wire rack

Step 2: Prepare Your ingredients

  • Thinly slice 1 radish
  • Rough chop cilantro
  • Blend red salsa until smooth

Step 3: Let’s Get Cooking

  • Prepare carnitas according to ingredients on the package, either in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Heat 1Tbsp vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until just barely smoking
  • Set aside about ¼ cup of salsa and carefully add the rest to the hot oil and mix. It should start to bubble a bit. Let cook for about 1 minute
  • Add tamale chips to the party and mix with the salsa until fully covered. Be careful not to move them around too much, they may start to break—don’t worry they’ll still be delicious.
  • While the tamale chips are chillin in their salsa bubble bath, start frying your eggs. I like to fry them sunny side up over very high heat so the edges get crispy. 
  • While you’re waiting on the eggs to finish check in on the tamale chips, they should be slightly soft but not mushy. Once they’re teetering on that fine line, cut the heat on your stove.

Step 4: Plating

  • Slide the tamale chips in salsa onto a plate, leave some space off to one side where you can safely land the eggs later.
  • Top the tamale chips with carnitas. Be generous, you deserve it.
  • Slide the eggs onto their safe space, but let them slightly overlap the chips—they like to feel a little dangerous.
  • Garnish with crema, cilantro, radish, and a dusting of cotija cheese

Created in partnership with Del Real Foods.

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This Recipe For Grilled Chicken Lollipops is an Umami Flavor Explosion

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UMAMI CHICKEN LOLLIPOPS 🍗🍭w/ Lee Kum Kee’s Oyster Flavored Sauce and Premium Cooking Soy Sauce! ##foodbeast ##oystersauce ##meatcandy ##lollipopchicken ##potluckideas

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When it comes to pantry staples, Lee Kum Kee is a brand that delivers plenty of necessities when it comes to bringing authentic Asian flavors into your kitchen. Having over a century of experience in making Asian sauces and condiments, Lee Kum Kee is the trusted and leading brand that will transform your at-home recipes into bold, delicious, and easy recipes that boost your next meal experience.

One recipe that is sure to dazzle using Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Oyster Flavored Sauce and Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Premium Cooking Soy Sauce, is this one for Grilled Chicken Lollipops with Oyster BBQ sauce:

Grilled Chicken Lollipops w/ Oyster BBQ sauce

Ingredients

  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce
  • Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce
  • Lee Kum Kee Chili Bean Sauce (Toban Djan) or Sriracha
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Lemon

Tools Needed

  • Paper Towels
  • Microplane
  • Basting brush
  • Tupperware for glaze
  • Gallon ziplock
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Boning Knife
  • Chef’s Knife

Recipe

  1. Lollipop the chicken
    1. Cut the chicken into lollipop shapes
      1. Slice around the bone
      2. Peel the skin up and around the knuckle (use a paper towel to help grip)
      3. Pull the meat down to the end of the bone
      4. Remove the loose tendons/bone (use kitchen scissors if needed)
      5. Slice the round meat edge flat so they stand up straight
  2. Make a brine
    1. Soy sauce
    2. lemon (zest + juice)
      1. Grated with microplane
      2. Sliced
      3. Squeezed 
    3. Garlic
      1. Grated with microplane 
  3. Brine the chicken
    1. Add the chicken lollipops to a gallon ziplock with the brine
  4. Make the Oyster bbq sauce
    1. Mix together ingredients
      1. Oyster sauce
      2. Soy sauce
      3. Chili Bean Sauce (Toban Djan) or Sriracha
      4. Honey
      5. Apple Cider Vinegar
    2. If it’s too loose, simmer for a few minutes to reduce and tighten it up (optional)
  5. Pack the Oyster BBQ Sauce
    1. Add the sauce to a sealed tupperware
    2. Bring a basting brush
  6. Load up the cooler and travel “to the game”
    1. Add ice to the cooler
    2. Place chicken in cooler
    3. Place sauce in cooler
  7. Set up the grill
    1. Set up grill for indirect cooking, targeting 325 degrees
  8. Glaze and Grill the chicken
    1. Remove the lollipops from the brine and dunk them into the Oyster BBQ sauce before placing on the grill
    2. Cook for 45 minutes then dunk the lollipops in the glaze
    3. Finish for another 20ish minutes until you hit 175 internal temp on the chicken
  9. Eat these bad boys
    1. Plate and enjoy

It’s important to note is that this recipe benefits from the oyster flavored sauce being made from select oyster extracts and the premium cooking soy sauce having no preservatives and being twice-aged for superior flavor and quality. 

Rest assured, your next meal will capture the true essence of Asian flavors when Lee Kum Kee’s sauces and condiments are in the kitchen!