Six Recipes for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, and there are few better ways to celebrate today than to recognize the history of Californian Mexican culture while eating delicious Mexican food. Many people celebrate Cinco de Mayo by eating famous dishes from Puebla, a Mexican city known for its delicious food, and other parts of Mexico. If you want some ideas for what to eat today, below are six recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Three traditional Cinco de Mayo recipes

Try these three classic Cinco de Mayo dishes that have made their marks as famous Mexican cuisine.

1. Chalupas

Chalupas are made from masa, which is a type of dough. They are filled with salsa and fried in vegetable or canola oil. You can fill them with traditional red salsa or salsa verde. Lastly, you can top them with queso fresco, fresh cilantro, shredded lettuce, or your choice of shredded chicken or pork. View the full recipe here.

2. Mole poblano

Mole poblano is a dish in which a sweet and spicy sauce is poured onto turkey or chicken. The mole sauce is made out of chili peppers, plantains, spices, chocolate, almonds, and seeds. It can be made in many ways, and it’s rich and delectable. View the full recipe here.

3. Chiles en nogada 

Chiles en nogada is a dish of meat-stuffed poblano chiles. Usually, the meat is ground beef or pork. In addition to the meat, vegetables such as peas, carrots, onion, zucchini, and potato are finely chopped and fried together in a tomato puree and stuffed in a poblano chile. Lastly, the chile is immersed in a walnut cream sauce and topped with parsley pomegranate seeds. View the full recipe here.

Three additional Cinco de Mayo recipes

If you want more recipes for Cinco de Mayo, you can cook one of these three additional Mexican recipes.

1. Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a classic Mexican dish topped with a savory red sauce made from chiles, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, sour cream, and heavy cream. The sauce is then poured onto fried corn tortillas filled with seasoned shredded chicken and cream cheese, and the combo is then baked to perfection. View the full recipe here.

2. Tamales

Tamales are made from a delightful mixture of masa dough, pork, onion, garlic, and chili sauce wrapped in a corn husk and steamed. After being steamed for approximately one hour, more chile sauce is poured on the tamale. Top it all with sour cream, and you’re ready to enjoy. View the full recipe here.

3. Nopales tacos

If you want to try a dish with the Mexican vegetable staple of cactus, try some Nopales tacos. This dish is made from corn tortillas filled with shredded cheese, peeled and cubed cactus, yellow onion, jalapeño peppers, crumbled cotija cheese, cilantro, avocado, a drizzle of lime crema, and a dash of fresh lime juice. This corn taco recipe is then made on a griddle and has great textures to savor. View the full recipe here.

What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes? Share them in the comments!

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