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Your Ultimate Inspiration For a Delicious Cinco de Mayo

May 3 2014 - 5:45am

It's no secret that we're big fans of Mexican food. So when Cinco de Mayo [1] rolls around each year, we inevitably get really excited (and hungry). Over the years, we've managed to whip up a whole bunch of flavorful dishes and drinks, from tacos to tequila-infused cocktails, all of which would be festive and delicious for your Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend. Prepare to hear your stomach growl. ¡Buen provecho!

Jump ahead to the following sections:

Frozen Margaritas

There's no sugary syrup involved in making these frozen margaritas [6], only orange liqueur, lime juice, and blanco tequila.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Cranberry Margarita

Make a tart, brightly hued margarita [7] with a splash of cranberry juice.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Paloma Cocktail

We're giving the typical paloma cocktail [8] an upgrade — think fresh grapefruit juice, club soda, and simple syrup.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Strawberry Margarita

We don't need to hear any words other than strawberry margarita [9] to try the recipe ASAP.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


If you're tired of tequila, this Pinot-Grita cocktail [10] comes with a bit of Pinot Grigio to throw your taste buds for a loop.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Jalapeño Margarita

Can you think of anything more Mexican than a jalapeño margarita [11]?

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Pineapple Margarita

A fan of all things spice? Then waste no time making this pineapple margarita [12] with a chili-salt rim. The sweet-salty-fiery complexity is out of this world.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Ditch the supermarket bags and try your hand at homemade tortilla chips [13] two ways: baked and fried.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Tomatillo Salsa

Don't be intimidated by the thought of making your own salsa. This tomatillo-chipotle salsa recipe [14] is easy even for beginners.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


If guacamole were part of a club, it would be the president. Needless to say, there's nothing boring about this basic guacamole [15] recipe.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Chile Con Queso Nachos

Habanero chicken sausage adds a little something extra to the chile con queso in these loaded nachos [16].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Salsa Three Ways

Whether hot or zesty, you'll find something for everyone with these salsa recipes [17] from Rick Bayless.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Queso

Enjoy queso a new way thanks to this supersimple mushroom, spinach, and goat cheese recipe [18].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho cheese with Velveeta [19] — it's a guilty pleasure we're not ashamed to admit.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Corn, Radish, and Black Bean Salsa

Mix textures and sweetness with this surprising corn, black bean, and radish salsa [20].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Four-Cheese Queso Dip

This four-cheese queso dip [21] might as well have a different name: ooey-gooey goodness.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Watermelon-Mango Salsa

Give regular salsa a run for its money with this unexpected watermelon-mango salsa [22].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo [23] is a Mexican food staple — whip up your own with this easy recipe.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Mexican Crema

Somewhere between sour cream and crème fraiche lies this must-have condiment [24].

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Pineapple Salsa

Serve it like a traditional salsa with chips or use it as a topping — either way, we bet you'll be delighted by this pineapple salsa [25].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Meat Taco Salad

This zesty taco salad [26] is so fast and easy to make, it just might become your newest go-to meal.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

A great way to use those leftovers? Cooking up some spicy broth with chicken and avocado [27].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Veggie Taco Salad

When you hear taco salad, you probably think of fried tostadas and ground beef, but this lighter, meatless version [28] calls for creamy cilantro, cucumber, and avocado dressing.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Shrimp and Tortilla Soup

Ten minutes. That's all it takes to put together this shrimp and tortilla soup [29] that's light but imbued with smoky and bright flavors.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Mexican Grilled Corn

Munch on Mexico's famed elote asado [30], a recipe wherein charcoal-grilled juicy ears of corn slathered with rich crema and rolled in dried, ground chiles and crumbly cheese.

Photo: Sara Yoo

Turkey Tacos

So Mexican tacos don't typically come with turkey — but give these turkey tacos [31] a try and we guarantee they'll be a hit.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Tex-Mex Tacos

Once you find out these ground beef tacos [32] take no time to prepare, you'll wonder how you went without them before.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Fish Tacos

Marinated halibut with a quick and flavorful mint-cucumber-mango salsa make for grilled fish tacos [33] that will be hard to forget.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Steak Tacos

The great thing about this savory steak tacos recipe [34] is that it doesn't require any marinade time — the meat takes just about 10 minutes to cook.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


The taco-truck staple known as carnitas [35] is just as comfortable on its own as it is served beside carne asada and chorizo.

Photo: Sara Yoo

Anything Goes Burrito

The beauty of our burrito [36]? You're allowed to stuff it with whatever you could possibly imagine (well, with whatever you have left in your fridge).

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Chocolate-Covered Chicharrones

Chicharrónes, or deep-fried pig skins, dipped in chocolate [37] are puff-like perfection.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Fruit With Chili and Lime

Mexican fruit vendors will often sell pineapple, watermelon, and mango seasoned with chili and lime. Re-create this set-up [38] for dessert.

Photo: POPSUGAR Studios

Pan de Muerto

This sugar-topped bread [39] is a great way to get a taste of traditional Mexican fare.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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