Siete Foods is reimagining Mexican-American cuisine.
By Allie Justis; Photo courtesy of Siete Foods
This holiday season, Siete Foods brings Mini Buñuelo Nachos, or as some may know them, buñuelo dessert nachos, to the table. Siete Foods co-founder and the original inspiration for their grain-free business model, Veronica Garza, insists this dish is the perfect sweet treat to celebrate the holidays.
“Buñuelos are a delicious dessert traditionally consisting of a flattened and then fried dough, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. They are a staple in Mexican and Mexican-American households, especially around the holidays. My family is crazy about Christmas, and buñuelos have long been part of our Christmas traditions and celebration.”
Siete Foods has been an Austin mainstay for several years now, thanks in no small part to the large community for grain-free food in the Austin area. “I love Austin and all that it has to offer,” says Garza. “It’s always been a goal of mine to live here permanently. Years after I made an almond-flour tortilla, which eventually became Siete’s first product, we were looking for a place that our business could call home. Austin seemed like the perfect place.”
But the road to Siete’s success was paved with some turmoil.
When Garza was a teenager, she was diagnosed with several autoimmune conditions that vastly altered her diet. As a result, she couldn’t eat grains. Because Mexican-American food is predominantly grain based, this ultimately made her feel very disconnected from her heritage. However, Garza turned her health issues into success. She co-founded Siete Foods to specialize in grain-free products.
Garza credits a lot of her success to the support from her family and an Austin community that has always been open-minded to the Siete Foods philosophy. Recently, Siete Foods took the leap from local to national, appearing in over 100 stores in the Austin area alone. Their products not only fill the shelves of local grocery stores. Siete Foods has a home in national chains like Kroger, H-E-B, Walmart and Whole Foods.
“As a family-run business, we have always believed in ‘juntos es mejor.’ Together is better,” Garza says. “I would advise others to keep this idea in mind when growing a business. Surrounding yourself with a family or team that truly believes in your brand values and mission will lead to the most success—whether you’re growing locally, nationally or globally.”
Dreams of Success
“My family and I had dreams of seeing our products on shelves in grocery stores throughout the nation,” Garza continues. “This required scaling our business and brand. I know that we could not have done that alone. We were only able to achieve it with the support, shared passion and hard work of our entire team that we now get to call family.”
Success and happiness are important parts of the Siete Foods family. By gifting the public with this recipe, Garza hopes she can bring some of that happiness from her family to yours.
“It’s a new spin on an old concept like nachos, using a food that’s beloved and traditional to our family around the holidays—our buñuelos—which we’ve recreated with simple ingredients so all can share and enjoy. Serve with hot chocolate or coffee to taste what it’s like to be at our house for the holidays!”
MINI BUÑUELO NACHOS
1 bag Siete Grain Free Mini Buñuelos Cinnamon Crisps
5 strawberries, sliced
½ cup blueberries
½ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
For the sweet cashew cream sauce:
1 cup cashews
¾ cup water
½ tablespoon maple syrup
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
1. Spread mini buñuelos on a plate.
2. Make the sweet cashew cream sauce by adding cashews,
water, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt into a blender. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until the sauce is smooth.
3. Drizzle cashew cream sauce over mini buñuelos.
4. In a microwave-safe dish, melt chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until fully melted, stirring between each interval.
5. Drizzle chocolate sauce over mini buñuelos.
6. Top mini buñuelos with pecans, strawberries and blueberries.
7. Add a dollop of dairy-free whipped cream at the center of the plate.
8. Pick up a mini buñuelo and enjoy!