'Sausage Taco': Latina Spoofs Food Influencers by Exoticizing American Food

A Latina woman shared spoofing videos of food influencers amazed by staple foods in other cultures.

Published to TikTok, a woman named Daniela Rabalais, under the username @danielarabalais, shared a few videos titled "If [Black, Indigenous and People Of Color] appropriated foods like [white] people do to our cultural foods." The viral video below has over 660,000 likes and has been seen over 2.7 million times.

@danielarabalais

If BIPOC appropriated foods like ⚪️ people do to our cultural foods 😂 #culturalappropriation #spawater #bipoc #foodtiktok

♬ original sound - Daniela Rabalais

As seen in the videos, Rabalais speaks as a TikTok influencer would. She talks about typical American foods and calls them different names, saying that it's her original recipe.

For example, she called a hot dog a "sausage taco," mac and cheese with dinosaur chicken nuggets "pollo a la dinosaurio and cheesy sopa de fideo" (chicken in the style of dinosaurs and cheesy noodle soup) and a cheeseburger a "Torta de Carne Molida" (ground beef sandwich).

@danielarabalais

Make sure you tag me if you try this at home! 🥰🥰🤣 #culturalappropriation #spawater #bipoc #foodtiktok

♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

Rabalais' videos delighted users.

"Please do more of these. It's fully meant to be a series. It proves such an important point in such a great way," one user commented.

Latina sharing "typical" american foods TikTok
In a thread of videos going viral, a Latina woman shares spoofing videos of influencers who are amazed at staple foods in other cultures. Lyndon Stratford/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Another echoed, "Please give us more inventions because this is revolutionary!!!"

"OMG GIRLY I LOVE THIS," a TikTok user said, "just made it and I'm obsessed so exotic."

"Oh my god I love this," wrote a user.

"This this the series that will carry this app for the rest of the summer," another commented.

@danielarabalais

Pt. 3 of appropriating/gentrifying American food. 😍😍😍 #culturalappropriation #spawater #bipoc #foodtiktok

♬ Aesthetic - Gaspar

"this is brilliant," another said.

One user added, "I love how you kept such a serious face with this! It's so accurate."

"This is SO eye opening. Keep it up, mama. You don't really see it until the uno reverse card hits. And it hits DIFFERENT," one pointed out.

"You're amazing. Keep doing what you do," another user said.

Newsweek has reached out to Rabalais for comment.

Throughout the videos, she is pretending to be an influencer who gentrifies other cultures' meals. As seen on the video-sharing platform, some influencers have been called out for cultural appropriation. User @gracie_norton recently gave Agua Fresca, a Mexican drink with fruit in water, a new name. She called it "spa water."

The influencer has since released a statement, apologizing to the Latino community and deleting the videos that featured the drink.

"A majority of my content is about celebrating the many ways we can show our own bodies love through trying new recipes, and I am aware that it is my responsibility to continue to educate myself on the origin of those recipes," she wrote.