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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. Mark Cain posted 05/04/2012

    Carne Guisada!!!

  2. Sue posted 05/04/2012

    Onion and cheese enchiladas – yum!

  3. Jennifer L posted 05/04/2012

    Chicken enchileadas

  4. Snehal P posted 05/04/2012

    Being a vegan..its so hard to find cuisine that would fit my need but with Mexican food one can never go wrong. Mexican is by far my favorite cuisine of all time…my most favorite dish is Enchiladas and side of guacamole. Cant wait to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!!

  5. Avis Thomas posted 05/04/2012

    I adore mexican food! My favorite is spinach fajitas. There is nothing like having a sizzling pan of hot, seasoned vegetables as the centerpiece to flour tortillias and all my favorite add-ins.

  6. BATMG posted 05/04/2012

    Enchiladas suizas with tender chicken, mild cheese, tangy sour cream, corny tortillas and slight bite of tomatillo sauce, all baked together. Yum.

  7. jimdebicarr posted 05/04/2012

    My favorite Mexican food would be refried beans, especially is they are not from the can, but made from scratch.
    My husband's favorite would be Machachas!

  8. vanessa posted 05/04/2012

    Anything with chipotles, yum!

  9. Justin A Mo posted 05/04/2012

    Fish Tacos!

  10. Janet Sanfeliz posted 05/04/2012

    Fajitas, guacamole, seafood enchiladas…the list is endless

  11. Lucy A. posted 05/04/2012

    So many dishes to choose from but if I had to pick one, I would choose chopped, marinated, grilled steak in a soft corn tortilla topped with onions, cilantro, salsa verde and a touch of lime…. simple but sooo yummy!

  12. Cindy posted 05/04/2012

    Do Margaritas count as food? No? OK then Enchiladas Verdes

  13. Jodi Heitmann posted 05/04/2012

    Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

  14. Carole posted 05/04/2012

    Anything and everything @ Fontera Bar & Grill / Topobolobampo Chicago to die for

  15. Blips posted 05/04/2012

    Chicken enchiladas look great!- For cookbook- already have Mexican Made Easy- but would love the Mexican Street Food or the Big Flavor Cookbook!

  16. Carol Kahler posted 05/04/2012

    I love all that I have tryed both home made and other wise. Lot's of cheese please.

  17. Janetzy Hernandez posted 05/04/2012

    I love the Red Snapper Veracruzana!! (Huanchinango a la Veracruzana)…delicious! :)

  18. Theresa posted 05/04/2012

    Tacos, tacos, tacos!!!!
    Or anything with an avocado in it!!

  19. Macbezz posted 05/04/2012

    Carnitas. Love them.

  20. Jackie posted 05/04/2012

    Puerco Pibil

  21. basillover posted 05/04/2012

    Fish tacos and chicken tamales!

  22. Sandy Peterson posted 05/04/2012

    Any kind of taco!

  23. Christina Thompson posted 05/04/2012

    Chilaquiles! Or Tacos…gosh its reallllly so hard to just pick one thing…I seriously loooove mexican food and could eat it EVERYDAY!!!!!

  24. Lauri Sitzmann posted 05/04/2012

    fish tacos

  25. Adriana Navarro posted 05/04/2012

    Sopes! Yum!

  26. Michael posted 05/04/2012

    I love Burritos, Tacos, Churros and Flan

  27. Gloria posted 05/04/2012

    Mexican (specifically Tex-Mex) is one of my fave cuisines

  28. Cheryl posted 05/04/2012

    Chicken enchilados would be my pick but there's a lot!!

  29. Danita Cronin posted 05/04/2012

    I don't think I have tried a Mexican dish that I do not like yet! It is really hard to bring it down to just one dish but for some new cookbooks I would have to say it would be homemade tamales. Which I can remember eating a lot of when I was a child…always loved to open the corn husks! Was just like unwrapping a wonderful present!

  30. Shannah Smith posted 05/04/2012

    Camarones a la diabla

  31. Lauren posted 05/04/2012

    With this I would be able to break into cooking mexican cuisine accurately! This brings taco night to a whole new level. Oh and I would definitely try making flan.

  32. Batya Belecen posted 05/04/2012

    my favorite Mexican dish is mole totally worth the long preparation and 30 something ingredients,,, also chilaquiles wont lie awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Lynda Felming posted 05/04/2012

    My current favorite is fish tacos — but it's always changing!

  34. Tablet development posted 05/04/2012

    My favorite Tex-Mex case, Carney's is a kind of Guisda. Here in Mexico, Texas, sauted meat and meat soup. Excellent.

  35. Cat McFarland posted 05/04/2012

    Anything with avocados and great flavor! I am a sucker for fajitas, street tacos and elote asado (grilled corn with chile and lime)!

  36. christine posted 05/04/2012

    carne asada.

  37. Dean Macaraeg posted 05/04/2012

    LOVE tacos!

  38. Sybal Hallbauer posted 05/04/2012

    Red Snapper Vera Cruz also Chili Verde, anything you can do with it, soo—good. The flavors are great.

  39. Bari posted 05/04/2012

    There is a restaurant in San Francisco in a little "speakeasy" that makes the most delicious chicken taco. The restaurant is Nick's Crispy Taco and you have to ask for it "Nick's way" — The shell is crispy and then wrapped in a large corn tortilla (so there is one crispy and one not crispy. It is loaded with everything you could ever want in a taco. Oh so yummy!

  40. Rachele B posted 05/04/2012

    Stuffed poblanos grown from my garden!!!

  41. Serey posted 05/04/2012

    I love to try making fish tacos….

  42. Christina D posted 05/04/2012

    Nachos. Any sort of nachos. Nachos with queso fundido. Nachos with meat and cheese, Nachos with salsa. Nacho casserole. I LOVE NACHOS!!!

  43. Sara Serna posted 05/04/2012

    My husband's red chile enchiladas!

  44. Dada posted 05/04/2012

    Hmmmm. I love mexican food. Fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, oh many things are great about mexican food. And sauces: mole, tomatilo salsa, guacamole salsa. Fantastic.

  45. Melissa M. posted 05/04/2012

    I loooove chilaquiles

  46. Sunnyguam posted 05/04/2012

    Crispy Carnitas!!!!

  47. Kathy posted 05/05/2012

    Wet burrito.

  48. arlene T. posted 05/05/2012

    Chicken enchiladas with mole

  49. lemondroppp69 posted 05/05/2012

    I absolutely LOVE huevos rancheros! And if I wasn't allergic to avocados, I'd probably love guacamole too!

  50. Ellen posted 05/05/2012

    Flan is to die for!! Yummmmy!!

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