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Quick and Easy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Mexican culture and the battle of Puebla


Here are my top picks for Cinco de Mayo. You can also plan your party menu with several different Cinco de Mayo themes. And here is a little bit about the History and Foods of Cinco de Mayo

1. Lime Margarita

Classic Margarita
Classic Margarita
This single-serve recipe is the perfect beverage to get your Cinco de Mayo fiesta started. The tart and tropical flavors of lime and the subtle sweetness Triple Sec of the are the perfect pair for your favorite premium Tequila. Serve it in a chilled, frosty glass garnished with a lime wedge for a refreshing presentation.

2. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

Classic Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Classic Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Cinco de Mayo is all about having a great time and celebration. If you've got a crowd to please, then these Margaritas are the perfect people-pleaser and you can make them in batches so your party-goers don't have to wait around for a refreshing beverage.

3. Tequila Fuego Shooter

Cinco de Mayo is all about exhuberant celebration, so start off your fiesta with a bang! Serve up a round of these super spicy tequila shots to get everyone in the mood for the festivities. Have some cerveza on hand to cool off with after. And of course I always recommend using a premium tequila for a cleaner and richer flavor. It's up to you which chile sauce to use. You can use tapatio or your own favorite sauce. Or mix two or three for a blend of flavors.

4. Tequila Twist

For those of you who can't take the heat, here is a lighter and more refreshing way to enjoy your favorite premium tequila. Orange juice flavors these fruity and delicious shots and you can make them even more fun and delicious by garnishing it with a fresh, ripe strawberry. Since Cinco de Mayo is in the springtime, what better way to enjoy fruit then with tequila?

5. Appetizer Platter

Cinco de Mayo festivities should always include a fantastic selection of Mexican antojitos (appetizers.) For a super easy to way to serve up a variety of tasty tidbits you can enjoy the ease of this sampler platter with all your Mexican favorites on one plate. You can always change it up with some of your own favorites, but make sure to follow the directions on "how to plate it" for a spectacular presentation.

6. Mango Salsa

This fruity salsa is perfect for warm May weather. It's a perfect blend of tomatoes, onions, chiles and seasonings, with a liberal dose of the sweet, tropical flavors of mango. Use the greener mangos for a tart flavor.

7. Guacamole

Guacamole in a bowl
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You can't have a fiesta without this yummy dip! Back from the time of the Aztecs, guacamole has a long history yet hasn't changed much from it's earliest recipes. This chunky avocado mixture seasoned with lime juice and cilantro makes for a perfect chip topper and Cinco de Mayo just wouldn't be complete without it.

8. Roasted Salsa

What would any Mexican fiesta be without salsa? This one features roasted tomatoes, chiles and onions for a seriously smoky flavor that goes great as a topping for just about anything. You can adjust the heat level with your chile choice. Go for a small amount of jalapeno for milder heat or chop up one or two habaneros for an intense inferno.

9. Menudo

This is great morning-after soup to help with the effects of the fun you had the day before. A perfectly seasoned broth filled with tripe, chiles and hominy are perfect for recovering from those tequila fuego shooters. Make up a batch a day or two before so you can have some first thing in the morning.

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