Cinco de Mayo

 ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo (coming up on Monday), we’re posting a Mexican recipe roundup.  This holiday is a great opportunity to gather your friends and/or family to enjoy delicious food and margaritas!

Interesting fact about Cinco de Mayo: It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day (a common misconception).  It’s actually the commemoration of a battle in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated a much larger and much more well-equipped French army.  You learn something new everyday…

Mexican recipes

To help you plan your Mexican feast for Cinco de Mayo, we’ve gathered all our Mexican recipes below.  Enjoy, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Drinks (Margaritas to be exact)

If you have pre-bought margarita mix, you should go ahead and get rid of that.  Classic lime margaritas are super easy to make – plus they taste better and have less sugar than that mix you’ve got in the fridge.  For a margarita on the rocks, mix 1 part lime juice (fresh-squeezed is best; if you’re using bottled lime juice, check the label – it’s not always 100% juice), 1 part tequila (look for 100% agave, I prefer reposado) and 1 part agave nectar (if this recipe is too sweet for you, cut back on the agave).  It’s so simple but so delicious!  If you prefer flavored margaritas, keep reading…

For a delightful tropical twist on margaritas, try our Pineapple Mango Margarita.  It’s one of my favorite flavors… everyone will love it!  You can also use all pineapple or all mango in the recipe if you want just a pineapple margarita or just a mango margarita.

Pineapple Mango Margarita

This Raspberry Margarita is a great fresh-fruit margarita.  I like raspberry margaritas more than strawberry because they aren’t as sweet.  I usually make these margaritas in the late summer when I can pick raspberries myself, but there are ripe raspberries available at grocery stores now to make this tasty beverage.

Raspberry Margarita

If you’d like a hybrid between and margarita and Mexican beer, try a Beergarita by mixing one can of limemade, 24 oz. Mexican lager, and 1/2 c. tequila.  This drink is very guy-friendly and less sweet than most margaritas.

Appetizers

Start you meal off with one of these dishes or use these as a snack food for a margarita party…

Make you own Garden Fresh Salsa and pair it with high-quality tortilla chips.  It’ll beat anything you could get from a jar!**FIX**

Garden Fresh Salsa

Or pair tortilla chips with our alternative to guacamole: Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

Main Dishes

If you’re planning a dinner party for Cinco de Mayo, check out these Main Dish recipes.  The amount of work required varies from very low for our marinades and spice blends to moderate for the tacos and enchiladas to high for empanadas.  You decide how much time you want to invest and how memorable you want your dinner to be.

Chicken fajitas (one of my favorite dishes growing up) are easy and flavorful with our Mexican Citrus Marinade recipe.

Marinating Chicken

For a delicious vegetarian Cinco de Mayo, try our yummy Blackened Tofu Tacos!

Blackened Tofu Tacos

One of my all-time favorite Mexican meals is Chicken Tinga Tacos.  They pack tons of flavor without requiring much work – a very impressive dish!

Tinga Taco

Braise beef in chocolate stout or chipotle beer to make savory Chipotle Stout Braised Beef tacos or empanadas.

Chipotle Stout Beef - Empanadas

Or try our rich but healthy Green Citrus Chicken Enchiladas smothered in avocado cream sauce.  So delicious!

Green Enchiladas

For a simple meal, use our Homemade Taco Seasoning to flavor beef or chicken tacos.  It’s much better and has greater depth of flavor than taco flavoring packets you get at the store.

Taco Seasoning

If you want a unique and memorable dish and don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen, try our Pork Empanadas recipe

Open Empanada

Side Dishes

Looking for the perfect dish to pair with our main dishes?  Try one of the recipes below…

My favorite side is this  Mexican White Rice Pilaf recipe.  It reminds me of the rice I got at Cozymel’s as a child…

Mexican White Rice Pilaf

For a more traditional dish, try our Mexican Red Rice recipe.

Mexican Red Rice

Or try a spin on a classic Mexican corn on the cob street food: Mexican Roasted Corn Salad dressed with Greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, and lime juice.

Mex Corn Salad

Our Sweet Corn Tomalito recipe, a cornbread corn-pudding hybrid (and a Chevy’s copycat) is a sure crowd-pleaser!

Sweet Corn Tomalito

Hopefully these recipe ideas help you plan a delicious and festive Cinco de Mayo.  ¡Provecho!

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