Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I am already drooling and craving all sorts of delicious Mexican treats! Here are a few recipes to get you inspired for you Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Throwing a backyard barbecue party? Serve this up as the perfect side! That queso fresco and cilantro sprinkled on top will make this corn on the cob irresistible.
Carnitas is one my favorite ways to prepare pork. Its so easy and everyone will be impressed. It travels easily too. Bring it in a crock pot if you are serving it at a potluck!
I have no words to express my love for flan and I don’t eat it nearly enough. Its so creamy and and sweet. Never had flan? Think of a rich, baked custard. South of the boarder creme burlee, almost. My favorite part is that caramel-y layer on top.
An awesome appetizer to your Cinco De Mayo celebration. You can make this as spicy or mild as you want by varying the amount of pepper and spices. No matter what you do, this stuff is totally addicting and will disappear fast!
5. Mexican Rice
This rice is the real deal. It tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. It requires a few extra steps to prepare, but it will be so worth it and no Mexican meal is complete with out it, if you ask me.
How delicious and flavorful do these look? I love all those colors and if you use green and red peppers, you’ll get the colors of the flag of Mexico in there. Plus, these are SO healthy! Protein and vegetables. You really can’t go wrong.
7. Street Tacos
Street tacos are so easy to make. It literally took me 20 minutes to throw these together and with a splash of lime juice, they taste like they came straight from a taco truck. I can’t get enough of these.
Another healthy option to celebrate with! A salad on an open face shell, with some re fried beans for protein on the bottom. You’re sure to be satisfied and eat smart with these.
Tamales are on my baking bucket list, but I am not brave enough to take them on yet. This recipe looks fantastic though. Someone send me some?! Please??
10. Chicken Taquitos
I love taquitos! Kids love these too. My boy loves to dip his taquitos in sour cream or salsa. What’s not to love about a deep fried mini taco?
For those of you who are feeling a little like committing a little sin, deep fry your burrito!! And then cover it with queso sauce? Sounds way too good to resist. I may join you.
Some things are just not meant to come from a can, like refried beans. The home made version is SO much better! Give it a try. Its easier than you think and they taste authentic, unlike the chunky thick canned version.
How do I describe horcata? First of all, its definitely refreshing and a very traditional Mexican drink. Think of a sweet milk with cinnamon. Never had it?! Give it a try!
Here’s another festive recipe if your trying to keep things on the lighter side. Add some seasoned tortilla strips too add extra texture and flavor and I promise your taste buds will be dancing and you won’t feel an ounce of guilt over this one!
15. Pico De Gallo
This salsa is so refreshing and full flavor that bursts. I am not a huge tomato fan, but this Pico De Gallo is amazing, and healthy! I love how colorful it is. Its quick and easy to make and all from completely fresh ingredients.
A Cinco de Mayo party would not be complete with out some fresh guacamole! Another great way to dip tortilla chips for an appetizer. Plus, just like the pico de gallo, it comes together fast and is made from all fresh ingredients.
Churros are one of my favorite desserts. A little crunch on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside and covered with cinnamon sugar! If there are churros on the menu, I ALWAYS order one! And I never thought about dipping them in chocolate before, but next time I will!
18. Tres Leches Cake
I have only made Tres Leches cake once before, but let me tell you, it is incredibly sweet and absolutely delicious. It is a Mexican version of a poke cake. The sweetened condescend milk gives it a think, caramely flavor and its so moist from all the different creams soaking in to the cake.
19. Flour Tortillas
Homemade tortillas are a lot of work, but so worth the effort. Be prepared to roll and roll and roll some more. Store bought tortillas can’t stand up to the warm, thinner, homemade version.
These remind me a little bit of a navajo taco, as far as all the toppings go. The Sopes itself is made up of only four ingredients. These used to intimidate me a little bit, but Yellow Bliss Road makes it look so easy!
A Mexican sweet bun. And how cute are they?! You can get the kids involved and let them make designs in the sugar paste topping. Dye the sugar paste the color of the Mexican flag and you’ll have super festive rolls to go with your Cinco de Mayo dinner.
22. Chicken Posole
My brother in law lived in Mexico for two years, and a while ago I got a snitch of some posole he made. I don’t know how to discribe it, but it’s dang good. If you feel like having a soupy Cinco de Mayo, this one is for you.
This a lot like a fritter or a thin deep fried tortilla. Served with powered sugar and a brown sugar anise seed syrup. Anise seeds have a licorice flavor. I’ve never had the combination before, so this is definitely something I will be trying for Cinco de Mayo. Sounds amazing!
A traditional Mexican sandwich. A perfect lunch to make from left overs you might have from your dinner!
25. Fried Ice Cream
Fried ice cream is one of my favorite Mexican desserts. Vanilla ice cream with a crispy cinnamon flavored shell! Follow the directions carefully so you get everything just right! What a way to end Cinco de Mayo!