Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the under-equipped Mexican army defeating the powerful French army on May 5, 1862. While it is a minor holiday in Mexico, it has become a celebration of the Mexican-American culture in the US. Across the country, there will be parades, fairs, food, and fun. Whether you are headed to an event this weekend or just want to celebrate with a few friends in your apartment, here are some fast, easy recipes for Cinco de Mayo:
Fried Quesadillas – These are easy and delicious. Place an uncooked flour tortilla in a hot pan with oil. Place cheese (you can also add cooked chicken or beef, jalapenos, or tomatoes) on the tortilla and top it with another tortilla. Flip it over a time or two (be careful it doesn’t burn – it will cook very fast). Take it out of the pan and cut it into wedges. Serve with tomato salsa or guacamole.
Guacamole – Serve this buttery green wonder with tortilla chips or fried quesadillas. Cut three large avocados and remove the pits. Dice them up and add some lemon juice (just enough to prevent browning). Add salt and a dash of cayenne pepper, and then mash it up with a potato masher. Mix in some diced onion, a few jalapeno slices, diced tomatoes, and a little cilantro.
Fish Tacos – Sure, regular tacos are great. But there’s something about the zingy flavor of a fresh and delicious fish taco – and since they have fewer calories and less fat, you’ll have wiggle room for that margarita or slice of flan. Try one of these amazing fish taco recipes. If you prefer a vegetarian taco, try using tofu or even Portobello mushroom. Or, just use chunky slices of avocado and a dash of lime juice and salt.
Mexican Slaw – This can be added to your fish tacos or served on the side. I usually buy the shredded slaw mix in a bag at the grocery store (hey – shortcuts) rather than shredding cabbage. However you get there, mix the shredded cabbage with a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil, a dash of salt, and some lime juice (roughly half a lime if you use fresh squeezed). Add in some sliced radishes and maybe a few slices of jalapeno.
Tres Leche Cake – Okay, this isn’t an easy recipe. It takes a lot of ingredients and two days to make, but it is so worth it. This cake contains sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, evaporated milk, a good amount of sugar, and five whole eggs. But it is so amazingly delicious — take this to any party and people will rave about your cake for days.
Margaritas and Mojitos – Cinco de Mayo is famous for its drinks, whether you serve them with alcohol or without. Try making a batch of watermelon lemonade, horchata, Spanish sangria, or frozen daiquiri.