Mexican-Inspired Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Cinco de Mayo certainly calls for a celebration! There are many delicious Cinco de Mayo foods that are perfect to serve at your party. Whether you are having a small get together or a full blown fiesta, all of the recipes can be altered based on the number of guests that attend. Listed below is a variety of different appetizers, side dishes, and entrees to add to your Cinco de Mayo food menu.
Mango and Avocado Salsa
This recipe is a delicious and refreshing Cinco de Mayo appetizer to serve at your party!
- 1 mango – peeled, pitted, and diced
- 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
- 4 medium tomatoes – diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper – seeded and diced
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tbs. fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup red onion – chopped
- 3 tbs. olive oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized serving bowl. Stir until it is well mixed. For best results, refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
Chipotle Fish Tacos
This Cinco de Mayo recipe is a great way to spice things up at your party!
- 1 package (12 oz) bacon – cut into small pieces
- ½ medium sized onion – minced
- 2 pounds white flaky fish (such as mahi mahi or orata)
- 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – diced
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 cup fresh cilantro – chopped
- 1 lime – juiced
Pour lime juice, chipotle peppers, and cilantro in a large bowl and whisk together. Place fish in the bowl and let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes. Place bacon in a deep skillet and fry over medium heat until brown. Drain the bacon fat. Add the onions to the pan and cook with the bacon for another 5 minutes. Once the fish is done marinating, grill it for 4 minutes on one side. Then, flip the fish over for 1 minute and then remove it from the grill. Let it sit for a few minutes and then flake the fish with a fork. Heat the tortillas on an ungreased skillet for 10 seconds and then flip it over to heat for another 10 seconds. Fill the tortillas with the fish and any other taco fixings.
This traditional Mexican dish is perfect for your Cinco de Mayo food menu! It's a fan favorite at restaurants so try making your own for your fiesta and impress your guests!
- 1 small onion – chopped
- Olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves – minced
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) tomatoes
- 1 to 2 tbs. red chili pepper – to taste
- 1 tsp. sugar
- ½ cup water
- 12 corn tortillas
- Canola oil
- 2/3 cups of cooked chicken – chopped
- 2 cups grated cheese
Sauté the onions in a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute. Puree the tomatoes in a blender and then add them to the pan. Bring the vegetables to a low simmer and then add the chili powder, sugar, and water. Mix well and then remove it from the heat before the sauce gets too thick. Place the cooked chicken in a bowl. Add in ¼ cup of the sauce and ¼ cup of cheese to the bowl and then set aside. Dip each of the tortillas into the remainder of sauce and then place individually in a skillet on medium heat. Add a teaspoon of canola oil and heat the tortilla for five seconds on each side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Next, scoop a few spoonfuls of the chicken into the center of each tortilla. Gently roll each of the tortillas and line them up in a 9x13 casserole dish. Cover the rolled tortillas with the remaining sauce and then sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
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