This Cinco de Mayo, give your friends something to taco ’bout with a festive Mexican fiesta. Unlike a Thanksgiving turkey or an Easter ham, the food for this holiday doesn’t take all day to cook — in fact, you can even start to prepare the feast a few days in advance.
Check out our game plan for an easy Cinco de Mayo party with the best Mexican recipes, from tangy margaritas to creamy guacamole.
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Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is an annual celebration of Mexican heritage — which for many revelers means gratuitous consumption of tacos, guacamole and margaritas (oh so many margaritas). Whether you’re looking to cap off your festive meal with something sweet or want to honor Mexican culture in slightly more subdued fashion, consider this sweet take on a chimichanga. Instead of meat, rice and cheese, these deep fried burritos are stuffed with bananas and chocolate-hazelnut spread. The tortilla bundles are then fried, dipped in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with the rich caramel sauce, dulce de leche. Though nontraditional, this dessert combines many authentic Mexican dessert flavors and ingredients, and it will likely be the hit of your fiesta.
Chocolate-Hazelnut and Banana Chimichangas
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Chock full of herbs and spices, Mexican cuisine is one of the easiest to take meatless without losing any of its bold flavors. Take, for example, this recipe for spicy chiles rellenos, the perfect veg-centric entree for your Cinco de Mayo bash. The restaurant favorite is easy to do at home, especially when you skip the traditional deep-frying method. To make this fiery south-of-the-border meal, stuff boiled ancho chilies with goat cheese and fresh herbs, steam them until fork tender, then top the lot with a jalapeno-laced salsa. Extinguish the heat with a round of margaritas, or sweeten things up with classic Mexican desserts.
Chiles Rellenos with Cherry Tomato Salsa
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
The early days of May are chock-full of toast-worthy celebrations: Since today is May Day and Monday is Cinco de Mayo, combine the celebrations with this Lavender Margarita where our favorite south-of-the-border cocktail combines with a spring-centric floral aroma.
A botanical lavender simple syrup brightens a classic pitcher of silver tequila, Cointreau and lime. Rim the margarita glasses with dried lavender petals and sugar for a stunning result. Ole!
Bottoms up, folks.
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1. It’s hard to go wrong with the classic combination of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — Make Bake Celebrate elevates the ice-cream-truck trio into these playful Neapolitan macarons.
2. The Bojon Gourmet gives her Derby Day julep an Asian spin and a gorgeous green color with a spoonful of matcha powder.
3. Hot buns! These yeasty, golden-brown Hawaiian rolls by Milk and Honey are lightly sweetened with pineapple juice.
4. A Cozy Kitchen’s dreamy creamsicle chiffon pie channels our favorite summer ice pop with fresh-squeezed juice, a dash of orange liqueur and plenty of zest.
5. Gear up for Cinco de Mayo with How Sweet Eats‘ adobo-and-lime-marinated shrimp tacos, topped with a springy strawberry salsa.
- Cook up the ultimate fiesta menu with Cooking Channel’s mouthwatering Mexican recipes.
- Sate your sweet tooth with more all-star cookies, from classic chocolate chip to fluffy French madeleines.
Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Celebrating it at a Mexican restaurant doesn’t have to derail your diet. If Mexican food makes you think of tons of cheese and calories, you need to read this cheater’s guide to a lighter Mexican fiesta.
Watch out for: the basket of chips
Problem: You arrive at the restaurant hungry and can scarf down several hundred calories worth of chips before you even place your order.
Solution: If you have the self-restraint, you could simply ask your server not to serve you chips, but that’s not much fun. Instead, transfer a few chips to a plate or napkin and eat those to keep your portion in check (every chip is about 12 calories). If you’re looking for an alternative appetizer to chips and guac, go for black bean soup (high in fiber) or ceviche (low in calories!).
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Short Rib Tacos by How Sweet Eats
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- For Cinco de Mayo, try How Sweet Eats’ crockpot short rib tacos. Slow cooked in beer and topped with salted lime cabbage and queso fresco, this festive fare is just about as easy and delicious as it gets.
- B’s in the Kitchen is on to something with her scalloped potato grilled cheese. Creamy, crispy potatoes sandwiched between french bread and lots of cheese just makes sense.
- Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Baked by Rachel’s three cheese skillet bacon mac and cheese is your answer.
- Jo Cooks’ fluffy sweet potato cinnamon rolls look pretty amazing. Have you tried adding the orange spud to your baked goods?
- Cook like a Champion says these banana cream pie cupcakes are the best cupcakes she’s ever made. Filled with pastry cream and piled high with fresh whipped cream and banana, we can see why.
Next Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexico’s vibrant heritage that almost always involves lively fiestas and dishes that are muy caliente. Get ready for a week of festivities with some Scoville-worthy programming on Cooking Channel.
What better way to anticipate this May 5th celebration than by tuning into Cooking Channel to see how Alton Brown makes homemade chili powder (Friday, May 3, at 8:30pm ET) or how Bobby Flay throws a Mexican-inspired brunch (Thursday, May 2, at 9:30pm ET)? You can also visit some of the spiciest kitchens around the country with Unique Eats (Saturday, May 4, at 5pm ET), and be sure to stay tuned for Saturday’s prime-time marathon of Heat Seekers (starting at 8pm ET) as chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking explore the fruity, raw heat of chiles. From fiery salsas (Wednesday, May 1, at 8pm ET) to jalapeno-laced guacamole, we have all things hot and spicy this week on Cooking Channel.
Literally turn up the heat in your kitchen with more hot and spicy recipes. Just be sure to keep a glass of milk close by.
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