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Chicharrones: Pork Rinds to Pupusas
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Deep-fried to an airy crispness, chicharrones in their most common form are Latin American snacks made from pigskin, with a flavor akin to bacon and a texture not much different than a cheese puff—pork rinds, in a word. Bags of the pale, puffy stuff fill convenience-store shelves and hang from the carts of street vendors and the rearview mirror of anyone who wants to give their car that popular pork smell.
But chicharron can get more substantial than that, serving as an appetizer or the heart of a hearty dinner depending on where you are in the world. In the US and Mexico, some eateries fry up a fresh housemade version of pork rinds sprinkled with unique spices, whereas others serve thicker pieces of skin or other cuts of pork cooked in salsa. In Salvadorian cuisine, chicharrones often refers to a soft filling made from shredded and seasoned pork for the stuffed corn cakes called pupusas. And the term need not refer to pork at all: a popular version in the Dominican Republic is made from chicken skin, and chicharrones de harina, usually wagon-wheel-shaped bits that resemble pork rinds in texture, are actually made from thin, fried flour dough.