Cinco de Mayo- Authentic Mexican Recipes to celebrate the beautiful culture of Mexican Americans living in the US!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
Many of you around United States celebrate today Cinco de Mayo. For the ones who do not know what Cinco de Mayo means, the day is a celebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16.
However, the day is a source of pride for the Mexican Americans who enjoy the celebration with traditional foods, culture and music.
I’ve always embraced the day and made the most of it. It’s a great reason to get together with friends, talk about Mexican culture and enjoy some great food!
I love Mexico. Many years ago, while I was living in Mexico City, I learned a lot about their culture, foods and traditions.
I opened myself to new flavors, I learned recipes and made life time friends.
Overall, Mexico will always hold a huge part of my heart and I am honored that life allowed me to live in Mexico for a while and experience some of its culture, traditions and foods.
So, for you, the ones who like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend, I put together some of my favorite authentic Mexican recipes I learned over the years.
Mexican cuisine is more than tacos and enchiladas, it is a melting pot of so many delicious dishes that use beautiful, fresh ingredients!
Enjoy and get cooking! Bring one or two recipes for that picnic out there with your friends and enjoy the day with good food, good music and great company!
For the grace and power of the Mexican culture and to its delicious cuisine, here is my collection of recipes!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
First recipe is an appetizer and as I love plantain chips I thought this would be a great idea to start with. This spiced plantain chips recipe is an easy recipe for a great snack to have around the house. Lovely sweet taste, balanced by the chili peppers heat.
You don’t like plantains? Try a Pico de gallo with tuna appetizer. Serve it with saltines, like they do it in the Mexico City area. Very popular and authentic. This Authentic Mexican Pico De Gallo With Tuna is a wonderful traditional recipe that I am very fond of. It is a light, refreshing and delicious salsa and I am sure you will enjoy very much.
Mexican Caldo de Pollo Or Chicken Soup Mexican Style is a beautiful recipe of heart warming soup that will make you and your family very happy. The combination of simple ingredients, the rice, the cilantro and the chicken drumsticks make the soup a comfort meal.
Another super easy and delicious salad is Authentic Mexican Cactus Salad. Learn how to make this healthy recipe. Nopales are a staple in the Mexican cuisine and wildly used in salsas, salads or stews.
A very easy salad that travels well is this Mexican Pinto Bean Salad. If you plan to attend a picnic and need to bring an easy salad, here is an idea. The Mexican Pinto Bean Salad with Jalapeno pepper is a meatless recipe that can be made in no time. It is suitable all year around, and it is a good source of protein and fiber for all of us.
Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms is a wonderful recipe that I like a lot and make quite often. It is a very different, refreshing side dish that goes well with any type of meat.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, these mushrooms would go well on pasta or rice. You can also make great tacos.
What about Fajitas? Who doesn’t love them? Enjoy the flavors of this popular dish with my favorite recipe for Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas- Fajitas de Pollo.
This is served in Mexico for casual entertaining. One of the easiest dishes of the Mexican cuisine, fajitas are usually made with chicken, beef or shrimp.
Picadillo is another dish for Cinco De Mayo. It is super easy to make and very popular. Most Latin American cuisines have a version of it and the basic recipe allows you to put your own stamp on the recipe and make it your own. Here is my favorite recipe for it. Authentic Mexican Picadillo.
This Authentic Mexican Bistec Encebollado- Steak And Onion is perfect for Cinco De Mayo. Serve it sliced on corn tortillas with lots of onions, beans and fresh cheese.
This authentic easy Mexican rice dish that I am sharing with you today is one of the most popular Mexican rice recipes. Make a double batch for your party and serve it with my popular Tinga de Pollo or Chicken in chipotle sauce.
This main dish is the number one recipe on my blog. Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo. I really enjoy cooking it and my family loves it. Simple, easy to make, this recipe is also a favorite one among Mexican food lovers. Serve it from a crock pot with corn tortillas and favorite toppings. Delicious!
Basic authentic traditional Mexican beans recipe. The dish is nutritious, easy to make and so traditional that cannot miss from a respectable Mexican table.
This easy and super delicious Bread Pudding- Mexican style is a traditional dish that uses bread that is 1-2 days old. Nothing is wasted and basic ingredients are transformed into a symphony of flavors on this dish.
If you are familiar with the Mexican cuisine, you probably know that this tea is also called Agua De Jamaica and it is a basic drink that everyone in Mexico enjoys.
This tea is an amazing tea to drink all year round. Warm in the winter, cold served with ice in the summer, Hibiscus flower tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, so sugar or honey can be added to sweeten it.
Try this Flan with Cream Cheese. A recipe that might sound unusual, but trust me, it works!