Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta of Flavor and Recipes!

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Cinco de Mayo is in cuatro days and I have a round-up of recipes with a fiesta of flavor for your celebration!

Click on the links in red for a taste and the complete recipe.

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To start your fiesta, let’s mix a Cucumber Margarita! This is a favorite margarita we enjoy in the summer with the cool and refreshing flavor of cucumber and lime. I discovered this Cucumber or Pepinita Margarita at a local Mexican restaurant. I’m not a fan of sweet drinks or the artificial taste of sweet-and-sour mix. If you’re a fan of cucumber, I think you’ll like this margarita too! Our local Mexican restaurant uses Tajín as a rimmer (chilies plus lime and salt). I used a Chili & Lime Spice Blend, mixed with Kosher salt.

Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients:

2 oz. Silver tequila or tequila of choice

2 oz. English or hot house cucumber, grated. Seed and dice cucumber and muddle if you prefer.

1 oz. lime juice

Light agave nectar, to taste

Grate your cucumber into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, lime juice, light agave nectar and tequila. Shake, strain and serve.

Rimmer:

Use a lime wedge around the edge of your glass then Tajín or chili-lime-salt blend to rim. Garnish with a slice of cucumber or lime.

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Enjoy your Cucumber Margarita with a bite that delivers some South of the Border flavor for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or summer fiesta, Cheesy Masa Cups!

Cheesy Masa Cups

 These cheesy corn flour cups can be filled with a variety fillings.

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I filled mine with a mixture of guacamole, corn, black beans, salsa and some with leftover pulled pork. Garnish with sour cream, Queso Fresco, cilantro or jalapeno.

No celebration is complete without some chips & salsa or guacamole! Help yourself to some Cinco De Mayo Mini Taco Dips, mini layered dips for an individual or fiesta serving!

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Quench your thirst with some Sangria Mexicana for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or summer fiesta, as easy to mix as it is to drink!

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 My Abuela’s Table: An Illustrated Journey into Mexican Cookingby Daniella Germain

A lovingly created blend of essential Mexican recipes, magical illustrations and a family’s story

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Beef Empanadas, or beef turnovers, filled with a tomato, onion, garlic and beef mixture along with some spicy chorizo. Pie crust embellishments not required but were added for a little whimsy inspired by the Daniella Germain’s illustrations.

Dos Berry Salsa

Strawberry and blueberry salsa, full of flavor, colorful, and quick & easy to assemble!

South of the Border Flavor table with a Fiesta of Food and Flowers

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and Red Chile Short Rib Tacos and Rose Sangria Spritzersfrom Bobby Flay.

Let your slow cooker do the work with the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos. . .

Rosé Sangria Spritzer

While you mix up a pitcher of sangria to quench your thirst and cool down from the heat and hot peppers!

 Corn and Bacon Guacamole

Put the Olé in guacamole with the addition of sweet roasted corn and smoky bacon!

Chipotle Grilled Shrimp with Fire Roasted Corn Guacamole

Chipotle Grilled Shrimp with Fire-Roasted Corn Guacamole

Serve in individual cups or glasses for a party appetizer!

And end your Cinco de Mayo celebration on sweet note with Key Lime Margarita Cupcakes!

Margarita Cookies

Margarita Cookies

  A shortbread-style cookie with lime zest and a sprinkling of sea salt and turbinado sugar for a sweet and tart treat

Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches

Or sandwich them together with a combination of lime sherbet and vanilla ice cream to cool the heat from your fiery peppers or jalapeños.

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¡Salud! and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  25 comments for “Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta of Flavor and Recipes!

  1. Jacklyn carney
    May 2, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I so love your post this morning, now that I’m hungry for a Mexican fiesta!! Your post makes me want to try everything!! Love the food and the brilliant colors, thank your for the early morning smiles!!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    May 2, 2016 at 7:07 am

    YUMMY!!!! 😋🌮🍹😋🌮🍹

  3. Michelle
    May 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

    What great recipes. I feel like having a party to make all these recipes you posted! Happy Congo de Miya!🌮😎🌴

  4. Michelle
    May 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Oops! Cinco de Mayo!

  5. Barbara
    May 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Wow! You have inspired me to cook which I don’t do too much. Great recipes and presentation!!! Love love your blog!

  6. May 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

    New month, New bandwidth, how long will it last since you gobble it up as quick as chips and salsa for me! Love seeing your pics as long as it lasts, OLE!

  7. May 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Is it wrong to crave a cucumber margarita and corn and bacon guacamole for breakfast? Your round up is making me drool Mary, you have so many perfect recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo! I am doing a round up this week too, and had trouble narrowing it down…ok, now I’m craving empanadas and a key lime cupcake…so many choices! Two of my all time favorite photos of yours are in this post, the Sangria pitcher against the water and the table set with the yellow pot of flowers surrounded by vegetables, gorgeous!
    Jenna

  8. May 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Mary, you have nailed the perfect Cinco de Mayo celebration! Every recipe sounds amazing, but I am drooling over the sweets! Every photo is beautiful, as always! Happy Monday! Pam @ Everyday Living

  9. Debbie
    May 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Oh, what fun!!! You made my mouth water! Any ideas for a non-alcoholic version of that Margarita?

  10. May 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Muy Bueno! I think I’m flying to NC for Cinco de Mayo this year. Not only do you set the most amazing tables, but your menus are the most mouth wattering temptations ever. I’m sharing this link with my friend who has five restaurants, including two Mexican restaurants, and a catering service. He will love this!

  11. May 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    It all looks really lovely and inspiring!

  12. May 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Oh dear, you have my mouth watering.!! I am practically drooling on my keyboard:) I want to make so many of these. I did make the mini taco dips for a party and they disappeared FAST!! Have a beautiful day!

  13. Myrna
    May 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    You are a woman of many talents, all amazing.

  14. franki
    May 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    My talavera looks pretty mild next to you displays!!! Luv’d it all!! franki

  15. May 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I’d like the sampler platter please and after the ~MONDAY~ I just had, heavy on the drinks:@) Happy Cinco de Mayo Week Mary!

  16. Linda Sellick
    May 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    as always your pics and recipes are beautiful.. I just cooked a turkey so we are having a healthy turkey enchilada for cinco de mayo. I’m trying your corn n bacon guac

  17. May 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Hmmm…..what do I choose to make first, Mary? Decisions, decisions! Thank you for so many ideas to make Cinco de Mayo a fun, festive, delicious day.

  18. May 3, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Wow you are amazing. I enjoyed just looking at the pictures and the recipes all sound great. I had to laugh at the last picture- we have a restaurant that serves a sandwich called “drunken chicken wrap” and that picture would be funny next to it! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  19. May 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, so much to take in today. So much deliciousness and pretty food presentation I am amazed.

  20. Melodie Strickland
    May 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    What scrumptious looking food and drinks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo–I’m celebrating all month long!!

  21. Melissa
    May 5, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Ha! I just got up and instead of coffee I want a cucumber margarita and all that wonderful food!!

  22. June 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    i see a whole lotta yum!

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