Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Thinking of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Why not make a delicious meal for the family!  It’s always nice to gather together for a family lunch or dinner.  Although Cinco de Mayo may not seem like such a big holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with a nice meal.  There are many different dishes to choose from, but the following are sure to be crowd-pleasers at your Cinco de Mayo gathering.

Do you want to get into the spirit of celebrating Cinco de Mayo but you want to make the meals from scratch? Follow these recipes for a Mexican appetizer, meal, side dish and, of course, dessert.Chickaritos (common Mexican appetizer)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 package (17-1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed or pie pastry for double-crust 10-inch pie
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, chilies, onions, cheese and seasonings.  Chill until serving.
  • Remove half of the pastry from refrigerator.  On a lightly floured surface, roll to a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle.  Cut into nine small rectangles.  Place about 2 tablespoons of filling across the center of each rectangle.  Wet edges of pastry with water and roll pastry around filling.  Crimp ends with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling.
  • Place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Refrigerate until ready to heat. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm with salsa and guacamole. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

I could not find a corresponding video for chickaritos, so a cooking video featuring the appetizer would be the first of its kind.

Chicken or Beef Enchiladas (a common Mexican meal)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12 flour or corn tortillas
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cooked beef or chicken
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions with tops, thinly sliced
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa

Directions

  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Saute onion and garlic until onion is tender.  Blend in flour.  Stir in broth, milk, chilies, salt and cumin.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.   Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Set aside.
  • Grease a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.  Spoon a little sauce in the center of each tortilla; spread to edges.  Place about 2 tablespoons meat down the center of each tortilla.  Combine cheeses; sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons on top of meat.  Roll up tortillas and place in baking dish, seam-side down.  Pour remaining sauce over.  Sprinkle with green onions and remaining cheese.  Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Serve with sour cream and salsa. Yield: 6 servings.

If you’d like to watch how enchiladas are made (the recipe is very similar), watch the following video, courtesy of Ray:

Cheesy Beans and Rice (Mexican Side Dish)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • Cook rice according to package directions.  Transfer to a large bowl; add the beans.  In a nonstick skillet, saute onion in oil for 4-5 minutes.  Stir in the tomatoes, chili powder and salt.  Bring to a boil; remove from the heat.
  • In a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray, layer a third of the rice mixture, cheese and tomato mixture.  Repeat layers.   Layer with remaining rice mixture and tomato mixture.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.  Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

A cook at Food City TV makes the exact same dish, as you can see in the following video:

Sopaipillas (Mexican dessert)

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Honey

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients; cut in shortening until crumbly.  Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until mixture holds together.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  Roll out to 1/4-in. thickness.  Cut with a 2-1/2-in. star cookie cutter or into 2-1/2-in. triangles.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fat fryer, heat oil to 375°.  Fry sopaipillas for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve immediately with honey. Yield: 1 dozen.

The following video, produced by MindPower009, shows a similar recipe for sopaipillas:

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Civic holiday that commemorates the unlikely victory against the French.  Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the town of Puebla and in the United States.  It is not commonly celebrated all throughout Mexico, but in the United States the holiday has become a day to recognize Mexican heritage and pride. So take the time this Cinco de Mayo to enjoy the cultures of Mexico and have a delicious Mexican cuisine-inspired meal with the family!

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Joie Montoya

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