Cinco De Mayo Recipes/ideas

doucanoeMay 1, 2012

Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and our neighbors are having a get-together. She is doing a Build Your Own Taco bar. I am sure there will be Borracho Beans, the ever-present Chili Cheese dip, chips & salsa.

I want to bring something substantial to fit the theme, but everything I can think of that can be made a bit ahead seems to closely resemble tacos! LOL

So far the only thing I have come up with is a Jicama Mango Salad, Corn and Black Bean Salad, or maybe enchiladas.

Anyone have any other good ideas? I suppose I could do carnitas as an alternative to ground taco meat, but I don't want to step on anyone's toes...

Maybe a shrimp appetizer?

Tamales? (Although I have never made them...)

Falutas? Can they be made ahead and re-warmed?


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oops....I meant Flautas....

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 7:45PM
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beachlily z9a

What about enchiladas? Bean, beef, or cheese/onion--all will go well with tacos. Easy to do too.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 7:59PM
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Taquitos? Quesadillas? Or how about a dessert type thing. Ice cream is always good, and you could do some cinnamon sugar tortilla chips to go with it.

A couple bottles of tequila is a good recipe too.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:03PM
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How about flan?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:16PM
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Guacamole? No one's mentioned it yet?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:18PM
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Jalapeno poppers!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 10:08PM
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beachlily z9a

I've made tamales a number of times. Fussy and time-consuming but absolutely delicious. Obviously can be made ahead and reheated. They would be great with tacos and people would certainly appreciate the amount of work involved.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 10:17PM
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Linda - first of all I would find out what food the host is making. And then I would take it from there with some of the suggestions.

Margaritas would go with anything. I'm just sayin ......

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 11:14PM
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No one has mentioned Spanish rice yet either, although the hostess may be providing that.

I like to make deep-fried quesadillas, which are made with fresh or reconstituted masa (masa with water) and are filled with cheese plus whatever you want - I like mushrooms or cooked broccoli, but any leftover vegetable is good, including potatoes. They look like empanadas when they are done, and need to be served hot, but they can be reheated. Or you could make a nopale salad, providing you can find nopales. That would be very festive.

Someone had better be making guacamole!


    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 3:13PM
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I did mention in my original post that the hostess is doing a build your own taco bar and also which dishes I was pretty sure others were bringing.

I am sure someone will bring guac. Spanish/Mexican Rice crossed my mind, and fried quesadillas and jalapeno poppers are good ideas. And I love flan, but again, it's time consuming.....but a possibility.

I want to try tamales, but not sure I am willing to dedicate that much time to them at this time.

Lars, I am not even sure what a nopale is! LOL


    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 7:05PM
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Here's nopales.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nopales

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 7:10PM
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I probably will be making Chicharron and Nopales.


    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 8:10PM
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Flan is about the easiest and most simple of desserts.
This from the Pink Adobe in Santa Fe.

Flan...or creme caramel
You need a 1 1/2 qt straight sided dish to make this in...I use a souffle dish
Melt 2/3 cup of sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat until it turns caramel color. Pour into your baking dish and tilt the dish so it covers the bottom and goes part way up the sides. Set dish aside.

In a blender (or you could use a bowl and a mixer) mix:
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 t pure vanilla extract
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 c. milk
2 oz cream cheese
Mix until smooth...pour into prepared dish. Bake in a water bath in a pre-heated 350 oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes clean. You may have to tent it with foil during the last 15 or 20 minutes to keep it from getting too brown.
Cool one hour than chill at least several hours...better overnight. Turn upside down on a serving with sides, the caramel makes a sauce and will run down the sides. Serve in wedges like a cake, topped with strawberries if you want.

Water bath: set your baking dish in another larger pan and fill the other pan with boiling water 1/2 up the side of the baking dish.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 8:55PM
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Ahhhh...prickly pear. I love them, have eaten them in Monterrey MX, but have never seen them here.

Flan was actually one of the first things that came to mind. It's one of my very favorite desserts, however not knowing how many people will be there, the fact that it's an outdoor party, and whether they will all come at once, I think I'll save that for something more "predictable".

Wish I could get prickly pear/nopale here...


    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:34AM
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I want to make these tequila jello shots.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 1:43PM
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A couple of shrimp ideas..... I am making the second one for Sat, but we are not sticking to completely Mexican, it will be a Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico theme. Have fun!


Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

1 lb shrimp with shells
ü cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves
ý - 1 tsp chili powder

Guacamole for dipping

Toss the shrimp with the EVO, garlic and chili powder. Heat a pan to med-high and sauté shrimp until it is no longer pink. Move to a bowl and chill. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime and guacamole and chips.

Jerk Shrimp Cocktail
⢠3 quarts water
⢠1 teaspoon salt
⢠2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
⢠1/3 cup olive oil
⢠1/4 cup white wine vinegar
⢠3 tablespoons lime juice
⢠1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
⢠4 teaspoons honey
⢠3 teaspoons Caribbean jerk seasoning
⢠1 medium mango or 2 medium peaches, peeled and cubed
⢠1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
⢠1 medium lime, quartered and sliced
⢠In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Add shrimp; boil for 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse with cold water; transfer to a large resealable plastic bag.
⢠In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, lime juice, jalapeno, honey and jerk seasoning. Pour 3/4 cup marinade over shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Refrigerate remaining marinade.
⢠Just before serving, drain and discard marinade from shrimp. On a large serving platter, layer with shrimp, mango, onion and lime. Drizzle with remaining marinade. Yield: 15-20 servings.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 2:32PM
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I came across this bunch of recipes for sweets for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Any new ideas here?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sweets for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 7:03PM
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Helene, that recipe for Corn Paletas looks interesting. Not necessarily for this party, but for this summer when fresh sweet corn hits the stands!

I was looking thru my T&T recipe file and decided to make Southwestern Egg Rolls. Not authentic Mexican, but this group will love them and I can make them ahead.

Definitely saving some of these recipes/ideas for future use. Thanks all!


    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 5:13PM
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