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Cinco De Mayo Recipes


Thursday is Cinco De Mayo.

That’s 5th of May for those of you who don’t know a lick of Spanish or Spanglish (as the case may be)

Now for today’s history lesson:

Cinco De Mayo is a holiday held on May 5 ththat commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Pueblo on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  (not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16th.

Now that history is out of the way (Aliah, feel free to speak up and weigh in, my history-goddess-teacher-friend)

I thought I’d share how most people down here in South Texas will be celebrating —

There will be tequila in the form of ‘ritas


There will be the best guacamole ever


guacamole serving

and there will be fajitas and tacos and spicy shrimp taquitos.

I thought that in honor of Mouthwatering Mondays and Cinco de Mayo, I’d share a few of my favorite recipes with y’all:



Roasted Tomato Salsa




Jalapeno Margaritas

Margarita on The Rocks


: Traditional Rocks Margarita
  1. 2 oz Patron Silver
  2. 1 oz Cointreau
  3. 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  4. Ice
  5. Salt (if you like it)
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Rim a margarita glass with lime juice and salt
  3. Pour the Patron, Cointreau and lime juice into the shaker and shake vigorously
  4. Strain into the margarita glass, garnish with a lime and/or orange wedge

Number of servings (yield): 1

Meal type: cocktail


Main Dish

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Enchiladas Verdes



: Tequila Lime Fajita Marinade
  1. 3 lb Flank steak (or chicken)
  2. 1/4 C Patron Silver
  3. 4 limes, juiced and zest
  4. 1 orange, juiced and zest
  5. 1 chipotle in adobo, chopped
  6. 1/4 C diced red onion
  1. Freeze the flank steak for about 30 minutes to make it easier to slice
  2. Place in a plastic baggie with the limes, orange, tequila, chipotle and onion.
  3. Marinate overnight
  4. Grill whole or slice frozen and lightly sautee


Fried Ice Cream


Check out these Margarita Cupcakes from Liz at Hoosier Homemade

There are so many more recipes and ideas and traditions.


I’d love to hear what y’all are doing for Cinco de Mayo or, if you’ve never experienced Cinco de Mayo — did any of these recipes inspire you?

Thanks for linking up your recipes, sharing your stories, linking back and sharing all the food love!


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  1. Mmm–I love Mexican food! I miss it terribly here in New Zealand (my husband and I are traveling this year). Tacos on soft corn tortillas are one of my favorites–I’ve linked up to my Fish Taco recipe above.
    Thanks for hosting all the tasty Mexican food inspiration!

  2. My brother would envy you! He lived in Texas for a few years and loved it there because of the food. In fact, he often says he hasn’t had a decent Mexican meal in y-e-a-r-s because outside of Mexico, Texans are the only ones who know how to make it right. Next time he says that, I might send him over to your house for some of that yummy looking guacamole!

  3. Living in Wisconsin sometimes makes it hard to find “real” Mexican food.
    I’ll probably make tacos (we haven’t had them in awhile) for dinner, but not much beyond that, I don’t think.

  4. I love Mexican Food! This is one of my favorite FOOD holidays, an excuse to overindulge in all things mexican 🙂 THanks for hosting again, I linked up a few of my favorites from the week!

  5. Looks like you are going to have a great celebration! I am sharing my Southwest Adobe Pie. Thank you for hosting today and have a wonderful week!

  6. You are going to have a delicious celebration! Last year was the first year I heard of this holiday, I saw all the posts and tweets about it and as we don’t celebrate it in Canada I had to look it up. Thanks for the quick refresher 🙂

  7. YUM!!! My husband wants to make like half of these recipes! Especially the fried icecream! Spicy shrip taquitos also sound AMAZING!!!!!!! I would also suggest adding Micheladas to your drink menu! Its so delish! I just posted the recipe!

  8. Wow – these look delicious! I’ll be coming back from Columbus, TX, that night, so we may substitute homemade for our favorite Tex-Mex spot this year.

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