10 Alternative Recipes for Cinco de Mayo That Will Make Your Mouth Water
In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating our Mexican heritage on Cinco de Mayo, much like we all celebrate our Irish heritage on St. Patrick's Day … even when we are neither Mexican nor Irish. This year, to honor our neighbors to the south and inspire greater cultural awareness, why not try some new and different foods and beverages?
A little bored with your standard Tex-Mex nachos and watered-down margaritas? Why not try some sweet, savory often-tequila-filled treats you've never had? Here are a few rather tasty-sounding Cinco de Mayo foods we unearthed on the Information Superhighway:
1. Camarena Chipotle Cooler
On Cinco de Mayo, it’s proper to start with a drink. This tasty beverage is as refreshing as that margarita you love, and it has tequila, but it also has a fruity, spicy kick. You can’t really go wrong with tequila, pineapple juice, lemonade and some chili-pepper spice, to name just a few of the ingredients. Keep it chilly and keep it coming.
2. Margarita Popsicles
If you prefer your tequila drink in a solid state, then this is the treat for you. Maybe it seems wrong to have a margarita at work. Maybe you can’t carry that drink on the beach. But, you can certainly have popsicles at work or at the beach. If the sun’s out, nobody can fault your cool, refreshing frozen treat. It’ll be our little secret that there’s tequila in there.
3. Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos
Jalapeños are a perfect snack for your May 5 festivities. And really, what food isn’t better once you’ve stuffed cheese into it? This treat is simple and oh so tasty. Chop up the cheese, slice the jalapeños, grill 'em up and, if you really want to show how hard you party, wrap those spicy hunks of deliciousness in some bacon. You’ll want to make every day Cinco de Mayo if this is how you celebrate.
4. Fried Chayote
No, not fried coyote, but similar in sound. A chayote is a mild-flavored squash native to Mexico. Since we’re talking about party foods here, frying it is the way to go. If you want to be adventurous, add red onions, red peppers, jalapeños, chili peppers, or just about anything else you can think of. Make sure you’ve got some spicy salsa on the side for dipping, and your fiesta is on its way.
5. Mexican Lasagna
Here’s how to confuse your friends after they’ve had a couple of Negra Modelos for lunch: serve them an Italian dish in a Mexican style. A Mexican lasagna is one of the best dinner ideas we’ve seen in a long time. It’s really the best of two supremely fantastic food cultures. Layers of starchy goodness with meat and beans and taco seasoning, and cheese, oh the cheese. We’ve got one in the oven right now. We’ll share if you bring the Cuervo.
6. Baked Taco Ring
Maybe you’d rather have your delightful Mexican treat in the form of a ring, rather than in layers. No problem. All you have to do is whip up one of these amazing baked taco rings. It doesn’t seem too difficult. You don’t even have to make dough. You can use crescent rolls, which are always yummy, and then fill in the rest with the ground beef, cheese, seasoning and all the other spicy Mexican flavors you love. It’ll make you look like a fancy-chef party machine.
7. Margarita Lime Cheesecake
It’s about time we move to the dessert portion of this celebration. You don’t have to give up a delicious margarita to make things interesting for Cinco de Mayo. You can simply add it to your dessert. Once again, there’s tequila in this particular cheescake, so it’s not like it’s going to be bad. Plus, you can have some of the tequila while you’re making it. But only some—otherwise it might end up being a very peculiar cheesecake.
8. Margarita Ice Cream
Fried ice cream is usually the celebratory Mexican ice cream stand-by, but not this year. You can have fried ice cream any time of year. For a true Cinco de Mayo fiesta, you should try margarita ice cream. You love ice cream. You love lime juice, tequila and triple sec. It’s really a no-brainer. And if you miss the whole fried thing, you can always fry up the margarita ice cream. There’s no rule against that. It’s a party.
9. Chocolate Nachos
Nachos are one of the best ways to deliver cheese to your very appreciative taste buds, but nachos are so Thursday night at the sports bar. Anyone can do nachos for Cinco de Mayo. You need to step it up a notch (or nach-o) and get with the chocolate nachos. It’ll be a fiesta for your face. There are about a million ways to do them right, but the main things to include are buttery, sugary, cinnamon-y, baked tortillas and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Add some of that margarita ice cream for a real treat.
This Mexican classic will be our exception to prove the "You Should Eat Something Different on May 5" rule. Everyone loves a churro, and they’re really not that hard to make. It’s three steps and you’re in fried-treat heaven. Make some dough, fry the dough, then roll the fried dough in cinnamon and sugar. Dip the heavenly sticks in chocolate and enjoy with a beergarita. Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a classic.