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The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Cookbook Giveaway

We rounded up cinco of our favorite Mexican food cookbooks for the ultimate giveaway.

Where there’s Mexican food, there’s a fiesta. Ole! With tons of fiery flavor and crowd-friendly dishes (tacos, enchiladas, guacamole), not to mention margaritas, Mexican food is always fun, whether it’s Tuesday taco night or an all-out Cinco de Mayo bash (this Saturday!). To help you celebrate, we rounded up a collection of our favorite Mexican-cooking cookbooks. Start browsing now, and try out a few sample recipes today.

Mexican Made Easy, by Marcela Valladolid
This is the companion cookbook for Marcela’s Food Network show, Mexican Made Easy. She makes Mexican food using fresh ingredients and simple recipes – great for any night of the week.

Coconut Flan from MarcelaValladolid's Mexican Made Easy

Get Cooking:
Chicken Flautas
Burgers al Pastor
Coconut Flan

Just Tacos, by Shelley Wiseman
This cookbook of 100 new taco recipes from former Gourmet magazine food editor Shelley Wiseman is sure to be a taco-lover’s favorite. With inspiration like this, you could start eating tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos from Just Tacos, Photograph by Romulo Yanes

Get Cooking:
Baja Fish Tacos
Tacos with Chicken in Poblano Chile Sauce
Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Truly Mexican, by Roberto Santibañez
Roberto Santibañez makes authentic Mexican home cooking simple and delicious. He focuses chapters on traditional sauces, like adobo and mole, for maximum flavor.

Get Cooking:
Seafood Guacamole
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Chipotle and Roasted Garlic
Pico de Gallo Fresh Tomato Salsa
Burnt Chipotle Salsa

Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food, by Ivy Stark with Joanna Pruess
Ivy Star, executive chef at Dos Caminos restaurant, shares recipes for tasty Mexican street food. It’s flavorful, laid-back and great for sharing. She includes recipes for breakfast, sides, dinner, desserts and drinks.

Get Cooking:
Migas Tepitana: Tepita-Style Migas
Chilaquiles: Tortilla Casserole

Simple Food, Big Flavor, by Aarón Sánchez
Food Network’s Chopped judge Aarón Sánchez shares Mexican-inspired recipes. To simplify the technique (but keep the big flavor), he divides this cookbook into 15 base recipes and uses them as the starting point for more great dishes.

Banging Baby’s-Got-Back Ribs from Aarón Sánchez's cookbook Simple Food, Big Flavor

Get Cooking:
Sautéed Shrimp with Creamy Red Chile Salsa
Banging Baby’s-Got-Back Ribs
Mussels with Beer and Garlic-Chipotle Love

For the ULTIMATE Cinco de Mayo cookbook giveaway, we’re giving away one copy of EACH of these cookbooks to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite Mexican food.

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving two copies away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 5:00 p.m. ET on May 3 and 5:00 p.m. ET on May 8. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $134.39. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite Mexican food?

And make sure to check out all of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes on Cooking Channel. 


Comments (763)

  1. JulianneRM posted 05/03/2012

    Chicken Enchiladas!! YUM!! :)

  2. Kimberlee Dahl posted 05/03/2012

    1. Chile Rellenos
    2. Chile Verde

    Can't decide between the two – so I didn't!!!

    Let me know if I win!!! =)

  3. Sanford posted 05/03/2012

    Chile rellenos, tamales and, of course, sometimes you just need a burrito.

  4. John Davis posted 05/03/2012

    My favorite is a kind of Tex-Mex thing, Carne Guisda. A Mexican meat and sauted gravy dish here in Texas. Excellent.

  5. Paul Osterhout posted 05/03/2012

    Sautéed Shrimp with Creamy Red Chile Salsa sounds awesome!

  6. Jackie posted 05/03/2012

    posol ( not sure of the spelling it's the chicken soup with Hommny)
    Chilli rejenos

  7. Karra posted 05/03/2012

    Coyotas son mi favoritos!

  8. Jen Hill posted 05/03/2012

    I believe that tacos are a gift from Heaven. Any taco will do.

  9. Jen posted 05/03/2012

    Enchiladas verdes. SO good!

  10. I.V. posted 05/03/2012

    I like pumpkin blossoms ,huitlacoche and queso asadero QUESADILLAS!
    Huitlacoche is a natural corn fungus with an intense almost mushroome kinda flavor.
    TRY IT!

    • Sanford posted 05/03/2012

      Huitlacoche is super weird, but it's really good!

  11. JoAnn posted 05/03/2012

    Sweet corn tomalito

  12. John posted 05/03/2012

    Chicken enchiladas with mole

  13. Rueben posted 05/03/2012


  14. Sue posted 05/03/2012

    Seafood enchilada w poblano sauce!

  15. Zhana Sandeva posted 05/04/2012

    This looks absolutely incredible. The pictures are stunning and so mouthwatering.

  16. Tammy Lemon posted 05/04/2012

    One of my favorites is Homemade Menudo but I have to have oregano, lime, onions,cilantro, salsa & tortillas that's the only way to eat it….:)

  17. Zhana Sandeva posted 05/04/2012

    But I meant to say – my favorite Mexican food is probably guacamole :)

  18. Sonja posted 05/04/2012

    I like pozole verde with pork and chicken enchiladas

  19. Maureen posted 05/04/2012

    I like refried beans. Not the best when it comes to calories but love the taste. I also love Flan.

  20. Kundry Shops posted 05/04/2012

    Chile Verde, and an amazing Jicama-Tomatillo-Salsa, the recipe for which I found in some dog-eared years-old obscure magazine at the doctor's office :)
    (looking forward to win Chef Aaron's book) ;)

  21. Frelly22 posted 05/04/2012

    Quesadillas! The possibilities are endless!

  22. William Ho posted 05/04/2012

    Flan de Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding Flan)

  23. Colleen posted 05/04/2012

    Fish tacos with cabbage and pico de gallo! Yum!

  24. Amanda R posted 05/04/2012

    Poblanos – any preparation.

  25. Evan Bloch posted 05/04/2012

    Carne Ranchera.

  26. Robin Grose posted 05/04/2012

    Tortitas de carne deshebrada en salsa verde.

  27. Kel posted 05/04/2012

    Tacos are my favorite – but it is hard to choose!

  28. Margaret O'Kane posted 05/04/2012

    chili rellenos and flan

  29. Sarah posted 05/04/2012

    I really enjoy enchiladas!

  30. lindsay williams posted 05/04/2012

    a really delicious mole!

  31. Tom S. posted 05/04/2012

    I love a good Chile Rellenos! My second choice would be a fish burrito!

  32. Barbara Wakinyan posted 05/04/2012

    My all time favorite is pork tamales followed by shredded beef enchiladas.

  33. julia caraballo posted 05/04/2012


  34. Candi posted 05/04/2012

    My favorite is "clean out the refrigerator" tacos! Whatever leftovers you have in a tortilla or taco shell and add some salsa–yum!

  35. Carol Skerrett posted 05/04/2012

    Loved the ribs that Marcela made for her father's day episode. And Alton Brown's guacamole is the best! Hope I win!

  36. Imma posted 05/04/2012

    Tacos al pastor

  37. Linda Cook posted 05/04/2012

    Chicken Mole, sometimes I use pork or turkey.

  38. Brenda Baskin Darnell posted 05/04/2012

    Spinach Quesadillas, Chips & Queso, Sopapillas with cinnamon, honey & just a touch of whipped cream. YUMMM!

  39. Karen Hildreth posted 05/04/2012

    I love chicken fajitas as my all time favorite!

  40. #TheOriginalCinn posted 05/04/2012

    Chiles Rellenos. Filled with cheese, shredded chicken, potato and served with a creamy corn sauce. Thats not how mom made them, but that's how I do it!

  41. Charisse posted 05/04/2012

    Our favorite is Chipotle Pork Burritos. My sons enjoy helping me in the kitchen when we have Mexican night (which is a couple times a week)! New cookbooks would really inspire them.

  42. Kace Layton posted 05/04/2012

    A big plate of Chilaquiles with some fresh jalapeños or serranos on the side, with an ice-cold michelada to accompany it… is the only way to wake up.

    But I tell ya, any ol' bowl of great borracho beans is plenty for winnin' my heart.

  43. Carrie posted 05/04/2012

    gorditas made with masa, beef, cheese, lettuce, and firey awesome salsa

  44. Mirela A. posted 05/04/2012

    Nachos – Yummmm!

  45. GWisdom posted 05/04/2012

    Fish tacos definitely!!!

  46. Edna posted 05/04/2012

    Those all look amazing, I can't wait to try them all out!!

  47. Jaida Grove posted 05/04/2012


  48. k-rex posted 05/04/2012

    Chili verde

  49. Dottie posted 05/04/2012

    I would love to have these delicious recipes! They look so good!!

  50. Porsche Johnson posted 05/04/2012

    Guisado de puerco con tomatillos (Pork stew in a green salsa)! It's even better with some tortillas on top for a little crunch.

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