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Cinco de Mayo recipes

Cinco de Mayo Food History + 10 (Amazing) Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Brush up on a little culinary history while getting ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We explore the most classic Cinco de Mayo foods, plus we give you 10 amazing recipes to add to your fiesta repertoire.

CINCO DE MAYO FOOD HISTORY

Nachos

Cinco de Mayo food -Nachos with Homemade Taco Meat and Sriracha Cheese Sauce

Nachos with Homemade Taco Meat and Sriracha Cheese Sauce by The Weary Chef.

This cheesy tower of crisp tortilla chips (called totopos in Mexico) is now a classic of the American snacking experience. Nachos were allegedly created in 1943 in Piedras Negras, Mexico, by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, then maître d’hôtel at the Victory Club Hotel. Finding himself with hungry guests and nothing to serve them, Nacho whipped up a snack of tortilla chips cut into triangles and topped with shredded cheddar and jalapeno peppers….and a culinary legend was born. Today, all you need are tortilla chips and imagination to make spectacular nachos – like Nachos with Homemade Taco Meat and Sriracha Cheese Sauce by The Weary Chef.

Tacos

Cindo de Mayo food - Salmon and Halibut Fresh Fish Tacos

Salmon and Halibut Fresh Fish Tacos by The Organic Kitchen.

This handy little dish has actually been around for a while…like a few centuries. Before the Europeans actually came to the New World, the people of Mexico were eating tacos. And why not? There’s a lot to love about these folded tortillas. Starting with the fact that you can load them up with just about any filling.  From beef to pork, veggies to seafood, the mighty taco is the vessel of culinary dreams. There are many traditional taco recipes out there, so we were psyched to find two great options for this Cinco de Mayo, including one for our vegan friends: Fresh Fish Tacos by The Organic Kitchen, and Vegan Street Tacos by The Vegan Road.

Cinco de Mayo Food - Vegan Tacos

Vegan Tacos by The Vegan Road.

Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo Food - Guacamole by Skinny Taste.

Guacamole by Skinny Taste.

In America, it’s not a real Cinco de Mayo party unless there’s guacamole! This green dip can be found in almost every American table during Super Bowl Sunday, but it’s actually a dish that even predates modern Mexico and goes as far as the Aztecs. Fun fact: some Europeans used to call the guacamole a “salad of alligator pear”. The basic recipe for guacamole starts with ripe avocados mashed into a soft paste, but inventive and delicious guacamole recipes abound. Add a little bit of heat, a dash of lime, and some imagination, and you can make a killer guacamole – like this Guacamole recipe by Skinny Taste.

Queso Fundido

Cinco de Mayo Food - Poblano Queso Fundido by What's Gaby Cooking.

Poblano Queso Fundido by What’s Gaby Cooking.

Also called “queso flameado” – literally, “flaming cheese” – queso fundido is Mexico’s answer to fondue. Made with melted cheese and chorizo, it typically also has a nice amount of spice and is served bubbling hot with soft tortillas or tortilla chips. It’s said to have originated in Northern Mexico, very close to the border with the American Southwest, which explains why today queso fundido is as ubiquitous in El Paso as in Juarez. So grab your favorite melting cheeses and go over to What’s Gaby Cooking for her incredible Poblano Queso Fundido recipe.

Quesadillas

Cinco de Mayo Food  - Margarita Chicken Quesadillas with Margarita Guacamole by Half Baked Harvest.

Margarita Chicken Quesadillas with Margarita Guacamole by Half Baked Harvest.

Mexico has practically made an art out of cooking with the tortilla, and the cheesy quesadilla is another great example. Made of a corn or flour tortilla, a quesadilla is filled with cheese (and other favorite ingredients), folded, cooked until the cheese is melted and delicious, and served with salsa, guacamole or sour cream. Combining Cinco de Mayo food and booze, we give you this fabulous Margarita Chicken Quesadillas with Margarita Guacamole recipe by Half Baked Harvest. Si, de nada! (that means ‘yes, you’re welcome!’).

Burritos

Cinco de Mayo Food  -Sweet Chili Sausage and Black Bean Burritos by Vikalinka.

Sweet Chili Sausage and Black Bean Burritos by Vikalinka.

Some say burritos originated with Mexican cowboys, yet others maintain it actually got its start in California. It’s a  true Mexican-American dish! Whatever the case, what’s certain is that burritos are rolled-up, oversized tortilla goodness. A burrito uses a wheat-flour tortilla, which unlike the taco, which is just folded, in a burrito the tortilla is wrapped around the filling of choice. Whether for lunch, dinner or breakfast, a burrito is a great choice for a Cinco de Mayo food celebration. Need some burri-inspiration?  Try this filling Sweet Chili Sausage and Black Bean Burritos by Vikalinka.

Pico de Gallo

Cinco de Mayo Food  - Pico de Gallo by A Teaspoon of Happiness.

Pico de Gallo by A Teaspoon of Happiness.

Is it a sauce, is it a salad, is it a side dish?! AyDios mío! Don’t worry, all you need to know is that Pico de Gallo is amazing. Whether as a topping or a dip, you’ll find this chunky salsa accompanying many Mexican dishes, which makes it essential for a true Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Pico de Gallo (‘rooster’s beak’ in Spanish) is basically just diced tomatoes, white onions, and HOT chile peppers. Use it to top nachos, to fill tacos or burritos, or serve it with tortilla chips. Bonus: the colors of the ingredients are the same as the Mexican flag. We found you a great Pico de Gallo recipe with a twist, by A Teaspoon of Happiness.

Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo Food  - Jalapeño Margarita by Keep It Simple, Sweetie.

Jalapeño Margarita by Keep It Simple, Sweetie.

Thought not technically a Cinco de Mayo food, How could it be a fiesta without a Margarita? One of the many stories about the birth of this cocktail goes back to 1938, when dancer Marjorie King walked into Carlos “Danny” Herrera’s restaurant and asked for a drink. The problem? Ms. King was allergic to all spirits…except – you guessed it! – tequila. That’s just one of the many legends behind this citrusy concoction, but what we do know for certain is that a classic Margarita recipe includes tequila, triple sec, and lime juice – salt or sugar-rimmed glass, optional! We wouldn’t just include any old boring Margarita recipe, so how about this Jalapeno Citrus Margarita by Keep It Simple, Sweetie? Zesty, spicy and boozy!

Mexican Hot Dogs

Cinco de Mayo Food  - Mexican Hot Dogs With Chipotle Cream by Damn Delicious.

Mexican Hot Dogs with Chipotle Cream by Damn Delicious.

What? Hot dogs are not Mexican you say? You got us, but we decided you had to try these Mexican Hot Dogs With Chipotle Cream by Damn Delicious. The perfect combination of the great ingredients of Mexican cuisine with a true American classic. Cinco de Mayo meets Cuatro de Julio (4th of July!)!

Labor Day Cookout Gourmet Feast!

Bye Bye Summertime! A Sophisticated Gourmet Labor Day Cookout Menu

Labor Day Cookout Gourmet Feast!

A Labor Day Cookout Feast! Left to Right: Bacon Scallops by Kate, Gourmet Chili Dogs by Bev, Succotash by Profiteroles & Ponytails, & Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts.

It’s… inevitable. Summer, with all it’s fun under the sun, is almost over. Labor Day weekend  is almost upon us, and with it, the unofficial close to the summer season. But before we unpack the sweaters and bring out the comforters, there’s still time for a last summer hurrah! Get ready for a Labor Day Cookout! Celebrate a fun-filled, warm and beautiful long weekend with family and friends… and great food, of course!

Labor Day weekend celebrations are all about barbeques and grilling, picnics and cookouts, so we’ve prepared a summery Labor Day Cookout Menu for you, with recipes as fresh as they’re unfussy, as down-to-earth as they’re sophisticated, with the freshest ingredients of the summer season.

  Labor Day Cookout Menu

Appetizer
Grilled Bacon Scallops by Kate
Salad
Summer Succotash by Profiteroles & Ponytails
Main
Gourmet Chili Dogs by Bev Cooks
Dessert
Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts

 

Grilled Bacon Scallops by FramedCooks.com

Bacon Scallops for a Labor Day Cookout

Summer on a stick! Photo: Bacon Scallops by Kate of FramedCooks.com

Start off your meal with an easy, summer-ready appetizer.  Plump sea scallops wrapped with bacon, brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled to perfection.  Add a squeeze of lemon and you have the most delicious start to a Labor Day cookout. Grilled Bacon Scallops Recipe

Summer Succotash Salad by Profiteroles & Ponytails

Colorful Labor Day Cookout Salad

The most colorful Labor Day yet! Ph: Saccutash by Profiteroles & Ponytails

An outdoor meal is never complete without a fresh, seasonal salad. This Succotash Summer Salad by Profiteroles & Ponytails could just as easily be a meal by itself. Sweet corn, juicy grape tomatoes, plump edamame, avocado, onions and sweet pepper. Drizzle with some lime juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper, and you’re done! Summer Saccutash Recipe

 

Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs by BevCooks.com

Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs For Labor Day Cookout

(Hot) Dog days of summer! Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs, Ph: Bevcooks.com

A stylish, sophisticated version of an American classic we all know and love? That’s what we’re talking about! There’s no need to get complicated, to get gourmet. Bev of Bevcooks.com made these barkin’ hot dogs with grilled Polish Kielbasa, slid those puppies into fresh baguettes, then ladled a generous portion of her amazing sweet and spicy chili and finished off with shredded cheddar, diced onion and cilantro. This recipe inspired our Labor Day Cookout Menu, so run for the recipe, now!  Gourmet Chili Dog Recipe

Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts

Key Lime Pie For Labor Day Cookout Desesrt

A flourishing finish! Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts

Our Labor Day Cookout dessert is the most labor-less of them all! These gourmet key lime tarts are made by Galaxy Desserts in California, featuring an all-butter shortbread crust and a filling made out of real Key limes. Just take out of the freezer and serve. Order here >