Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, so I'm prepping my kitchen for a fiesta grande! If we can throw an impromptu party in the office, you can certainly whip up your own spread at home. For inspiration, I've rounded up my favorite dishes, from quesadillas to corn salad. For everything you'll need para celebrar el Cinco de Mayo, keep clicking.
If you are planning a fiesta for this Cinco de Mayo, don’t forget to do it right and make a fresh salsa to scoop onto your tacos. Instead of picking up a jar of salsa at the store, I was inspired by Rick Bayless, the master of Mexican cuisine, to make some authentic salsas.
First and foremost, prepackaged salsa could never be as complex as the three salsas I made: tomatillo-orange, roasted tomato, and habanero hot sauce. The first two could easily be enjoyed with chips, but the habanero was much too hot to consume by itself. To really test out these salsas, I put them on a couple pork tacos with avocado, sour cream, and lime juice.
I can only imagine how wonderful these would be with Party's slow-cooker carnitas. All three salsas were very different in flavor and turned a simple taco into something truly extraordinary. See the tasty tacos I made and the outstanding salsa recipes by reading more.
Cinco de Mayo is less than a week away, so why not get in the spirit of things with a quick taco recipe? The ingredient list calls for ground pork, but feel free to sub in ground turkey, chicken, or chorizo.
Serve the tacos family style and let your loved ones pile the tortillas with their favorite fixings. For a complete Mexican-inspired fiesta, pour margaritas and stir together a quick batch of guacamole. Want the recipe? Please read more.
Cinco de Mayo is a little more than a week away, and I've got Mexican cuisine on the brain. So imagine my surprise and delight when I received a copy of a new title, Amor Y Tacos: Modern Mexican Tacos, Margaritas, and Antojitos, by Deborah Schneider. With cocktails and simple food suggestions, the small, portable cookbook focuses on the sort of party food that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or any other warm weather celebration. To find out if it lived up to my high party girl standards, read more
One of my favorite money-saving meal strategies is to buy a protein that's both budget-friendly and versatile in bulk, and prepare it several ways. Tonight, use leftover meat from a pork and veggie hot pot towards a quick and simple carnitas dinner.
Carnitas, which is made from braised pork shoulder, typically takes a long time to cook. Shorten the process by cutting the pork shoulder into cubes; they'll cook faster. Once they're tender, they'll be ready to serve as bite-sized pieces. For a speedier, healthier version of a taqueria favorite, read more.
One of my favorite parties of the year — the Super Bowl — is just around the corner. While I'm not a huge fan of football, I do love game day eats, so when my friends Alex and Ryan asked me to help them host the ultimate bash, I couldn't say no. Alex and Ryan are good-looking, young, successful bachelors with only a little bit of experience in the kitchen. That's why I'm suggesting a menu of easy, fast, and classic dishes.
To start, there's nothing quite as crowd-pleasing as artichoke-spinach dip. This cheesy variation is simple, all you have to do is mix the ingredients together and bake. Also on the appetizer spread? Pizza pockets! Store-bought pizza dough makes these hand-held snacks a cinch. Feel free to change the filling to suit your family's needs.
Finally, during halftime, we'll feast on a Mexican selection of store-bought guacamole, salsa, queso dip, and homemade quick beef tacos. These recipes are ideal for the beer-guzzling bachelor in your life, share them now.
When I go out for Mexican food, I love to order unhealthy dishes like queso dip, nachos, or a heaping plate of carnitas. However, when I make Mexican at home, I favor light and fresh dishes like these veggie tacos.
They're filled with roasted mushrooms and zucchini, resulting in a taco that's hearty, but not fatty. To make them really figure-friendly, serve with homemade salsa or pico de gallo. Enjoy these simple and scrumptious tacos tonight! Get the recipe.
Happy Mexican Independence Day! Although many Americans confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico's independence, it's actually celebrated on Sept. 16. To commemorate the occasion, how about offering your family these quick yet delicious shrimp tacos? Served on warm soft tortillas with a simple sour cream-cumin sauce, these shrimp are plump and succulent. Although the recipe requires that you grill the shrimp, it also explains how to cook them under the broiler. If you have extra time on your hands, consider making a homemade Mexican fiesta complete with pico de gallo, guacamole, and salsa. Get the uncomplicated shrimp taco recipe now.
Taco Tuesday promos are, in my opinion, the best thing to ever happen to Tuesday, an otherwise uneventful day of the week. And for no apparent reason, fast-food chain Jack in the Box wants to get in on the action with its own version. Today only, print out this coupon, bring it into a store near you, and walk away with two free tacos — no purchase necessary.
Although I haven't been there since trying the chain's cheesy macaroni bites last year, I'm thinking tonight I'll head over to my local Jack to score a deuce. Will you do the same?
Until I discovered this recipe, I'd never considered eating raw corn off the cob. But since devouring these chile-rubbed shrimp with avocado-corn salsa, I've been adding raw corn to all of my salads. Now that you're a pro at cutting corn off the cob, try enjoying Summer's sweet bounty in a spicy shrimp taco.
Though the recipe is designed as a shrimp cocktail, I rolled up the salsa and shrimp in warm corn tortillas and served it with a side of black beans. The chile rub is richly decadent but not fiery, and it's easy to make on any type of indoor grill though I used a stove-top grill pan. Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you, either. Because the shrimp and salsa can be prepared in advance, this can be a fast and easy dinner, perfect for Summer nights. So try it for yourself.