Diego Boneta on “Father of the Bride” and the Best Mexican Food

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Diego Boneta has “simple” taste in cooking. His favorite dish? “Nothing beats a good quesadilla,” he says. (Photo: Getty; designed by Nathalie Cruz)

During the 2022 restart of father of the bride, Diego Boneta shares more than one meal in front of the camera with Hollywood icons such as Gloria Estefan and Andy García. But the 31-year-old actor says there was one dish on set that reigns supreme as the most delicious.

“It was a fun movie to make and we had a blast,” he says. “But when they did ropa vieja (shredded beef and vegetables named for its red sauce and resemblance to old rags), which is a Cuban dish, and we tried it, it was absolutely delicious. I would say that was the one thing that stood out for sure.”

When he’s not playing family dinner parties on set, Boneta says he has “simpler” tastes.

“Nothing beats a good quesadilla,” he says. “I’m a big fan of quesadillas, it’s so easy and so good”

Her favorite quesadilla ingredients? “Cheese,” he shares. “Sometimes cheese and ham. But the key is the sauce – the salsa verde.”

Boneta was born in Mexico and grew up eating food cooked by his mother and grandmother. “Growing up in Mexico City, food was paramount,” he shares. “My mom is an amazing cook, as is my grandmother, who was Spanish. We grew up eating a lot of Spanish and Mexican food. My mom makes the best salsa verde (a tomatillo-based sauce with green chili peppers) , which is amazing, and a great cochinita pibil (a slow-grilled barbecued pork) which is another Mexican dish.”

And then there’s the beloved snack from his youth that he always craves. “It’s not a fancy dish or anything – but in Mexico we would do this thing where we used regular Lay’s chips and put sauces like Valentina and Cholula and lime in it,” he says. “It’s like the best snack ever and something I still do to this day. We call it papitas preparadas.”

“We pour [the hot sauce] the top [of the chips] and it’s super super Mexican,” he adds. “It’s like the better snack. I tell you that and my mouth is watering.”

Boneta spoke to Yahoo Life as part of its work promoting the California Milk Processor Board, creator of the iconic Have milk? ads, as part of the organization’s “Get Real” campaign.

“I know how important it is to separate my roles from who I really am and to have friends and family around me who keep me real,” Boneta said in a press release about the collaboration. “I found success was true to myself. I grew up drinking real milk and I love that the campaign represents reality.”

Boneta tells Yahoo Life that as a kid who grew up watching Have milk? announcements, the partnership seemed to be the ideal solution. “I’ve always been a big fan of milk, especially whole milk,” he says. “There was a time when I was training with someone who made me drink unpasteurized milk, which was a little intense. But I love milk and I felt very flattered to be part of it. “

Boneta tells Yahoo Life that he didn't actually wax his chest for this promotional photo in his Got Milk?  country.  (Photo: California Milk Processor Board)

Boneta tells Yahoo Life he didn’t really waxing his chest for this promo shot in his Have milk? country. (Photo: California Milk Processor Board)

His favorite ways to enjoy pasteurized whole milk ? “Milkshakes,” he says. “Chocolate is my favorite. I also love chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk…and of course milk in my coffee.”

the old Scream Queens star says that when he cooks for himself, he relies on simple proteins like chicken or salmon, along with a salad. And, of course… “Quesadillas. I love quesadillas.”

So, are there any foods Boneta doesn’t like? Turns out he’s not really a topping type.

“I’m not a big fan of olives,” he admits. “The same with cucumbers that come on a burger – pickles? I’m not a big fan of those.”

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