Celebrate With These Cinco de Mayo Recipe Ideas

by Joshua Hampton

Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 triumph over France during the Battle of Puebla at some point in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Although not a major holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo (or the 5th of May) in the United States has evolved into a festival of Mexican culture and heritage, especially with the Latino population dominating as the largest ethnicity in America. Customs of this holiday include parades, folk dances, street festivals in cities and mariachi music performances across Mexico and the United States.

Here are some easy Cinco de Mayo recipes that you can try yourself to recreate. These treats have come to be associated with this annual festive celebration. It includes a Cinco de Mayo drink recipe, a Cinco de Mayo dessert recipe and other easy Cinco de Mayo recipes to try at home. Barring the Margarita, they are all also Cinco de Mayo recipes for kids to enjoy as well.

Cinco de Mayo Beef Chimichangas
(taken from tasteofhome.com)

What you need:
1 lb ground beef
3 cans tomato sauce (3 oz each)
1 can refried beans (16 oz)
1/2 cup onion (chopped finely)
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic (minced)
12 flour tortillas
1 can jalapeno peppers (4 oz)
1 can chopped green chilies (4 oz)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Oil for deep frying

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, cook beef until it is no longer pink then add onions, beans, half of tomato sauce, garlic, cumin and chili powder.
2. On each tortilla, spoon the beef mixture. Fold sides and roll up. Secure with toothpicks.
3. Combine remaining tomato sauce, peppers and chilies in a saucepan and heat through.
4. Meanwhile, deep fry the chimichangas for 2 minutes or until each side is golden brown.
5. Make sure to drain excess oil. Serve with sprinkles cheese and sauce.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Margaritas
(taken from bettycrocker.com)

What you need:
2/3 cup tequila
1 & 1/3 cups orange-flavored liqueur
1 cup lime juice
8 lime wedges
1/2 cup coarse salt
2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
8 cups ice cubes (crushed)

Directions:
1. Use a food processor to blend orange liqueur, powdered sugar, lime juice and ice. Place in a non-mental container and freeze for 2 ½ hours.
2. Spoon orange liqueur mixture into blender and blend until slushy.
3. Pour into salt rimmed glass, add 1 tbsp of tequila and garnish with lime wegdes.

Cinco de Mayo Mini Pork Empanadas
(taken from kraftrecipes.com)

What you need:
¾ lb lean ground pork
½ cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup flour
1 small onion, finely chopped
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cloves
¾ cup unpeeled cooked potatoes (mashed)
2 eggs (beaten)
1 chicken bouillon cube, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water

Directions:
1. Mix butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer.
2. Slowly add in flour little by little.
3. Shape into a ball and chill for 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, cook meat and onions in a saucepan. Add in spices and bouillon.
5. Add potatoes and cool completely.
6. Preheat oven at 400ºF.
7. Roll out dough on a floured surface to around ¼ thickness. Cut into 40 circles.
8. Spoon 1 tsp of meat mixture to each dough circles. Brush the edges with egg then fold into half. Press the edges together with a fork.
9. On a baking sheet, spray cooking oil then place empanadas.
10. Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.

Cinco de Mayo Chunky Guacamole
(taken from homecooking.about.com)

What you need:
3 avocados
½ sweet onion (finely chopped)
1 large tomato (cored & finely chopped)
1 jalapeno (stemmed, seeded and finely chopped)
1 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
10 fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)
1 tbsp fresh lime
Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Toss together jalapeno, onion, and cilantro.
2. Scoop avocado from skin. Sprinkle with salt and pour lime juice.
3. Mash together avocado with onion mixture.
4. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Cinco de Mayo Caramel Flan
(taken from tasteofhome.com)

What you need:
1-2/3 cups condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, melt sugar for about 12 minutes. Don’t stir.
2. When sugar is melted, lower heat to low. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until syrup turns golden brown. This will take about 2 minutes.
3. Pour into ungreased oblong soufflé dish. Allow to set for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, blend together milk, yolks, eggs, vanilla and condensed milk. Process for 15 seconds.
5. Pour over syrup.
6. Place soufflé dish into a bigger pan and add around 1 inch of boiling water to larger pan.
7. Bake for 60 minutes in a 350° oven.
8. Cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

There is no doubt that your Cinco de Mayo celebration will be a festive one with these recipes up your sleeve!

Joshua Hampton

My name is Joshua Hampton and I love cooking. I believe that what you eat represents who you really are. Knowing how to cook properly will ensure that you have more enjoyment in your life, you have higher self-esteem and you have a better health. So, right now I am most obsessed about different cooking classes - it is so much fun, even my 5 years old kid loves it. Join now! - Joshua

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