When it comes to margaritas, why be plain Jane when you can knock 'em dead with a mix of sugar and spice? Start with the fundamentals — tequila, triple sec — then make things even more refreshing with the addition of watermelon cubes, freshly blended watermelon juice, lime, and jalapeño (seeds optional). Rim a few festive glasses with sugar to tame the heat, and you're ready to toast to your best Cinco de Mayo yet.
Before you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a margarita at your local bar or restaurant, make this low-calorie recipe at home. Not only will it taste better, but you'll also save on calories: a lot of restaurant and bar margaritas are made with mixers that contain corn syrup and ingredients you can't pronounce. This recipe, which purists will love, has only 144 calories and uses natural, simple ingredients — not a bad way to spend happy hour!
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With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, you'll need a lot of salsa to celebrate. Instead of reaching for bottles in the chips aisle, make this chipotle-tomatillo salsa, which will put any of the jarred stuff to shame. If you've never attempted homemade salsa, let me let you in on a little secret. I've never been able to make a decent homemade salsa before I met Michelle Bernstein, a Miami chef, restaurateur, and expert in Latino cuisine. We met at Lean Cuisine's Culinary Roundtable, where Michelle, a member of the conference, taught a group of us food writers how to prepare various salsas from different regions of South America. This is a riff on her traditional Mexican salsa.
Afraid of tomatillos? Don't be! They have a flavor like underripe tomatoes, and once you've tried them in this salsa, you'll want to experiment with them in other Mexican sauces, soups, and dishes.
The tomatillos, onions, and garlic take a trip to the broiler to become charred and softened. This adds a smoky, roasted flavor to the salsa.
If you're wondering how the salsa turns out red, it's due to the chipotle peppers in adobo. Pulse the charred vegetables, chipotles in adobo, and agave nectar (which neutralizes the spiciness, according to Michelle) together in a food processor until a smooth salsa forms. One bite and you'll be hooked on this salsa forever. It has the amazing ability to hit all the flavor profiles at once: sweet from the agave, sour from the tomatillos, spicy from the chipotle, and salty from the adobo sauce.
The combination of bright Mexican textiles and treats, a garden backdrop, and some of our favorite Pottery Barn* classics inspired me to get a head start on Cinco de Mayo festivities. A punch bowl-turned terrarium, stacked bowl vases, and flowing fruit cake stand are just a few of the DIY centerpieces that transformed the table. Keep reading for simple styling tips to pull off your own Mexican tablescape for Cinco de Mayo and beyond!
*This content was part of Pottery Barn's unpaid mystery box challenge
Looking to lighten things up a little for your upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations? The fun and festive holiday is this weekend, but all the food can get a little overwhelming. If you're planning a big bash or you want healthier versions of calorie-laden favorites, tempt your taste buds with these 18 recipes.
This weekend is sure to include tequila-induced debauchery as Cinco de Mayo descends once again. But don't let all your extra cocktail party ingredients go to waste. After you're done gorging on guacamole and guzzling margaritas, use your leftovers to make these DIY beauty recipes. Become a morning-after mixologist and pull a Houdini on that hangover. Find out some of the skin care perks to your common cocktail sips and snacks when you read more.
As May 5 approaches, it's time to start prepping for your festive Cinco de Mayo celebration. Not sure how to make it a kid-friendly affair? Whether your lil ones love hands-on crafts or tasty afternoons spent in the kitchen, we've come up with a variety of activities to get the whole family involved. From DIY maracas to tasty homemade tortillas, here are eight fun ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo as a family.
Cooking for a Cinco de Mayo celebration means utilizing different varieties of chilis, from habañeros to jalapeños to serranos. But you know what we've recently realized? It can be confusing to understand the differences between all those peppers, so we're setting the record straight with a primer. Get to know them in one hot minute when you keep clicking.
Cinco de Mayo is one of the easiest holidays to prep for. It's all about the buffet style set up with plenty of salsas, guacamole, chips, and pitchers of margaritas to go 'round. Here's a menu that is guaranteed to make your fiesta súper delicioso.
Keep the cocktails flowing by serving them in pitchers. Offer regular margaritas as well as something special like strawberry margaritas. This recipe doesn't call for any sugar — just plenty of strawberries to sweeten the beverage naturally.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
Don't be scared to make homemade tortilla chips; they're easier than you think! Offer baked and fried tortilla chips to accompany the salsas, guacamole, and queso dip.
Read on for the rest of the Cinco de Mayo party menu.
A couple of weeks ago, I made a chili con queso from the blogger the Pioneer Woman. While she served her variation as a warm dip, I decided to experiment with the cheese as a nachos appetizer. I substituted chicken habañero sausages for the Jimmy Dean.
The nachos were decadent and spicy, like a gourmet version of classic ballpark nachos.
Perfect for watching a game (or movie), these nachos are crowd pleasing and delicious. They are exactly what nachos should be: crunchy, melty, pure scrumptiousness. To learn how I made them, read more