Our Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Mix up some margaritas and guacamole! Cinco de Mayo has become a big holiday in North America. May 5th is even more popular in America than it is in Mexico. Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day (September 16), the 5th of May officially commemorates the Mexican Army's historic defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla. But in America, Cinco de Mayo has evolved and expanded into a celebration of all things Mexican-American, from the food and drinks to the music and culture. To help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, here are our best Mexican-American recipes.
Pico de Gallo Recipe
Fresh tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, and cilantro are the cornerstones of our addictively delicious recipe for homemade pico de gallo. Add a touch of brightness to tacos, quesadillas, and other Mexican dishes; a bold bite to scrambled eggs and omelets; a vibrant twist to salsa and chips; and so much more. read more
grilled salsa
Skip the store bought salsa and opt for these two flavorful home made Mexican salsas: Pico de Gallo and a Grilled Salsa Roja. Known in the US as tomato salsa, salsa roja is an important building block in Mexican cuisine. Fresh quality ingredients are essential, especially fresh tomatoes, when making salsa at home. read more
jalapenos
This is a great stove-top recipe for pork ribs or chops swimming in a lush, juicy sauce on a bed of rice. Pork is a major constituent in the Mexican diet as are peppers, onions, tomatoes, and rice. This traditional old peasant dish uses them all and elevates itself from everyday fare to something truly special. read more
Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
Kick your breakfast into high gear with this recipe for Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos. Griddle grilling is a fantastic way to expand the culinary possibilities of outdoor cooking! read more
Grilled Guacamole Recipe
Add a delicious smokiness to your favorite party dip with this recipe for grilled guacamole. Grilled avocados, grilled limes, and grilled onion take ordinary guacamole and make it extraordinary for any backyard cookout, tailgating party, or couchgating gathering. Grilled guacamole is a perfect dip or burger topping. read more
jalapeno poppers
A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy recipe is sure to please, and the smoked version is better than the fried version. This appetizer is a big hit with people who like a little bit of heat in their food, but you can remove most of the heat to accommodate wimps if you wish. read more
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
If you're searching for the perfect BBQ and grilling appetizer then you're sure to love this tested recipe for grilled bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. Known in certain BBQ circles as atomic buffalo turds, or ABTs, these cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapenos are certain to disappear as soon as you serve them. read more
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Mix up your traditional fajitas with this recipe from Bobby Flay that features leftover Thanksgiving turkey instead of beef or chicken. A Tex-Mex favorite, the fajita is a rolled up sandwich with a tortilla instead of leavened bread, and it is usually made with grilled skirt steak but Flay takes it to a new level. read more
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Packed full of rich flavors, this recipe for Mexican mole sauce can be spooned over foods or even used as a simmering sauce. While there are countless variations of mole sauce containing a variety of chiles, nuts, and other ingredients, this is a well rounded version that is sure to become one of your go-to sauces. read more
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Grilling and chilling is the secret to the most delicious margarita you've ever tasted! The classic frozen margarita gets a smoky blast in this recipe for Grilled Lime Margaritas featuring limes that have been charred on the grill. Juice the limes and combine with tequila, triple sec, sugar, and ice then blend well. read more

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