5 Recipes to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! It may still be a few days away, but that gives us plenty of time to prepare. These five fun food ideas are a great way to add some color and flare to your celebration.  Before we get into the food though, let’s start by talking about what Cinco de Mayo celebrates. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the surprising victory of the Mexican army over Napoleon III’s French forces on May 5, 1862. Now that we have had our quick history lesson, lets dive into the food, because there are plenty of tacos, quesadillas, salsa, and margaritas to prepare.

Let start off our celebration with this fresh appetizer that will have you reaching for the tortilla chips all night long.

1.) Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 2 cups tomatoes (I prefer using Roma they seem to have the best flavor)
  • 1 cup bell peppers
  • 2 habaneros
  • ½ cup onions
  • 1 large lime (juiced and zested)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Adobo
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Chop the pineapple, tomatoes, bell peppers, habaneros, and onions. Combine into large bowl. Add lime juice and spices. Mix with spoon to combine ingredients. Then enjoy the combination of the fresh sweetness of the pineapple and the spice of the habanero with some crunchy tortilla chips or on your favorite Mexican dish.

2.) Veggie Chicken Quesadilla

Ingredients

  • 10-inch flour tortillas
  • Bell peppers
  • Original Hummus (this is optional, but it keeps the inside of the tortilla soft and creates a creamy quesadilla while adding extra protein to the meal)
  • Shredded Grilled Chicken
  • Shredded Chihuahua Cheese
  • Chopped onions
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms

Start by heating the skillet to warm the tortillas. I typically warm each side on the skillet for 15 seconds each. Remove tortilla from skillet and spread hummus on half the tortilla to desired thickness. Then place desired amount of vegetables and chicken on half of tortilla. Top with shredded cheese as desired. Fold other half of tortilla over. Cook on each side for 5-6 minutes until tortilla is warmed and slightly crisped on the outside. 

*All vegetables in this quesadilla are optional and open to change. Feel free to experiment with the flavors you feel will best excite your taste buds.

**For the shredded grilled chicken, I like to use the Tyson frozen grilled shredded chicken just to save time. But you can also grill chicken breast a head of time and just shred those for your quesadilla.

Next up is my favorite taco twist. It is the perfect summer adaption of fresh fun tacos.

3.) Coconut Shrimp Tacos with an Avocado Lime Crema

Ingredients for Tacos

  • Frozen Coconut Shrimp (My favorite types are the ones from Trader Joes or Meijer)
  • 6-inch flour or corn tortilla
  • Shredded Chihuahua Cheese
  • Avocado Lime Crema

*Add any other desired toppings for these wonderful tacos. I recommend a good Pico de Gallo maybe even some avocado slices.

Cook the coconut shrimp. I recommend for the best crunch to cook in an air fryer if you have one. But the oven will work great as well. Warm the tacos on the stovetop. Fill with coconut shrimp and add toppings as desired.

Ingredients for Crema

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic

Combine all ingredients in a blender. I recommend serving immediately for best taste. But this can also be stored in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

Now, onto the best part the drinks. Lets start off with a fruity twist on a classic margarita.

First off, my favorite margarita mix is the Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix. It is on the lower side when it comes to calories which is great and is available at most grocery stores.

4.) Might Mango Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix
  • ½ cup of frozen mangoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup ice (use sparingly until you reach the consistency you want)
  • Margarita salt
  • Lime wedges

Blend ingredients together. Salt the rim of your glass add a lime wedge garnish. Pour your margarita in and enjoy.

This is one of my favorite cocktails of all time. It is low in calories and has amazing subtle fruit flavors. It really is the best summer drink to sip on your back porch while soaking up the sun or even floating around the pool.

5.) Paloma

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 7 oz. grapefruit soda (or whatever is needed to fill remainder of glass)

Place desired amount of ice in glass. Salt rim place lime wedge on side. Combine all ingredients and sip away to happiness.

*For grapefruit soda you can use diet squirt, grapefruit fresca, or my all-time favorite the ICE sparkling grapefruit water.

These five flavorful fiestas inspired dishes are sure to bring a smile to your Cinco de Mayo celebration. I hope these foods help to spice up your Taco Tuesday and you all have a safe fun family fiesta.

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