US First Lady Jill Biden has apologised for likening Hispanic people to "tacos" in a botched compliment.

Mrs Biden was addressing Latinos in Texas on Monday when she referenced the traditional Mexican snack in her speech.

"The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community”.

Association of Hispanic Journalists said Mrs Biden and her speech writers ought to "better understand the complexities of our people.

Biden attempted to praise Mexican-American Raul Yzaguirre, who led the civil rights and advocacy organization for 30 years.

She said: "The diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio".

She also mispronounced the word "bodegas" - a term for convenience stores borrowed from Spanish - as "bogedas".

Jill Biden was previously criticised in March 2021 after botching the pronunciation of the Spanish phrase, "Sí se puede" (Yes we can).

Moments before Biden's remarks, UnidosUS president and CEO Janet Murguía applauded her for appointing Latinos to top jobs in her staff.

Jill Biden also touted her husband's (Joe Biden) efforts to increase Latino representation within the government.