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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With These BBQ And Grilling Recipes (17 Recipes, 1 Article)

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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.

grilled grilled chorizo breakfast tacos

Griddle Grilled Chorizo Breakfast Tacos Make Breakfast Pop


Paul Sidoriak, Contributing Author

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!
Grilled lime margarita in salt rimmed glass

Grilled Limes Take Margaritas To An Epic Level Of Flavor


Clint Cantwell, President And BBQ Personality

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.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy grilled jalapeño popper 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.
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

The Only Jalapeño Poppers Recipe You’ll Ever Need


Clint Cantwell, President And BBQ Personality

If you're searching for the perfect appetizer then you're sure to love this tested recipe for grilled jalapeno poppers. Known in certain BBQ circles as ABTs, these cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos are certain to disappear as soon as you serve them.
Grilled guacamole and tortilla chips

Hitting The Grill Takes Guacamole To Epic New Heights


Clint Cantwell, President And BBQ Personality

Add a delicious smokiness to your favorite party dip with this recipe for grilled guacamole. Grilled avocados, limes, and onion are the key.
lamb barbacoa tacos with salsa picante

Mama Davila’s Salsa Picante Recipe


Adrian Davila, Content Contributor

This salsa picante is the table sauce that's served at any and every meal in Texas. Enjoy it with fresh tortilla chips, over tacos or eggs, or with other savory dishes and meats.

Fresh Pico De Gallo Adds Zip To Countless Dishes


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
three grilled red salsas

Grilled Salsa Is Your New Go-To Condiment


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
salsa verde

This Salsa Verde Recipe Beats the Jarred and Canned Stuff Hands Down


Dave Joachim, Contributing Author

Grill roast some peppers, puree them with aromatics, and boom! You have salsa verde, a.k.a. green enchilada sauce. This staple of Mexican cuisine is simple to make and extremely versatile. Make this recipe, then use it on enchiladas, carne asada tacos, or with your morning eggs.
Smokey Salsa Verder

Smokey Salsa Verde Takes Your Tacos to 10


Big Jim Maivald, Former CTO

This smokey salsa verde recipe puts the boring store bought stuff to shame thanks to the depth of flavor created by charring the ingredients.
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Plated grilled avocados with fruit salsa

Grilled Avocados with Strawberry-Mango Salsa Recipe


Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Say goodbye to traditional desserts and surprise your guests with this delicious recipe for fruit salsa stuffed grilled avocados. Rich and creamy with the perfect touch of smoke, the avocados match perfectly with the sweet strawberry and mango salsa to create the perfect addition to your next backyard BBQ bash.
Tortilla soup in a bowl

A Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe That Warms The Soul

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call for a bowl of this soul warming Mexican style chicken tortilla soup!
separated ribs

The Best Stovetop Ribs: Arroz Con Costillas De Cerdo (Mexican Rice With Ribs Of Pig)


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Turkey Fajitas with Creamy Avocado Sauce Recipe


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
Grilled fish taco in a corn tortilla

Grill The Ultimate Fish Tacos


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

Fish tacos may be the best recipe ever to come from Mexico and this method produces superb results.
Asian flank steak tacos

Make Tacos Pop With Asian-Style Sous-Vide-Que Flank Steak


Chef Stef, Recipe Developer

Sous vide and live fire grilling come together in this delicious twist on tacos featuring sous-vide-que flank steak.
green chile cheeseburger

New Mexico Green Chile Salsa For The Ultimate Burger


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

Green chile salsa takes ordinary burgers and makes them extraordinary. Green chile cheeseburgers can be found throughout New Mexico, featuring a serious dollop of a green chile salsa and slice of melted cheese to hold it in place. Here's an amazing recipe for making a delicious multipurpose green chile salsa.
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cascabel play by Rick Bayless

Cascabel Mole Recipe Inspired by Chef Rick Bayless


Meathead, Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Published On: 4/25/2022 Last Modified: 4/23/2023


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