My Favorite Fiesta-Ready Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

HOLA, AMIGOS!

T-2 days until the big fiesta, and I am a human piñata of excitement waiting to be filled with irresponsible amounts of tequila.

Cinco de Mayo is one of two annual events thrown down at Chateau Logena, and I take it very, very seriously. This year’s extravaganza feels more momentous than most because a.) we skipped last year, and b.) it’s the first partay in our new digs. FIESTA HOUSEWARMING!!! ‘Tis a dream come true.

Anyhoo, I’m currently staring at a 3-foot pillar of Topo Chico, a rainbow donkey piñata, and a pile of miscellaneous décor that will hopefully transform our apartment into a Mexican cocoon of happiness for my favorite compadres come Saturday afternoon. Needless to say, I’ve already locked down my fiesta menu, which includes all manner of Mexican dankness—from loaded ‘dillas to spicy watermelon margaritas—and I can hardly wait. (My eyes just creepily glazed over thinking about it.) If you’re curious about what’s going down in my kitchen, you can check out the full menu at ze end of this post.

Should you too be hosting a fiesta this weekend, or simply want to commemorate the Battle of Puebla with a personal Mexican feast, I’ve rounded up allll of my favorite recipes for an epic Cinco de Mayo spread below. Not to worry, Dude Dieters, I’ve got you too. I included recipes from the book with their page numbers in italics.

I wanted to leave you with “virtual chest bump” in Spanish, but the Google translation feels off. Soooo…

Fiesta on, bitches. Te amo.

Domesticate ME!’s Favorite Cinco de Mayo Recipes:

SHAREABLE APPS AND SIDES
Spicy Bean and Cheese Taquitos
Super Smooth Chipotle Hummus with Chili-Lime Pita Chips
Spicy Pulled Chicken Sliders with Bacon-Queso Guacamole
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers p. 124
Boss Bean Dip p. 128
Chipotle Chicken Taquitos p. 130
Fiesta BBQ Chicken Nachos p. 135
Vegetable Fajita Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette p. 192
Chipotle Street Corn p. 171

TACOS AND ‘DILLAS
Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos
Spicy Chicken Quesadillas with Corn, Black Beans, and Caramelized Onions
Crispy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Salsa Verde
“Chickpotle” Mexican Pizza
Skirt Steak and Avocado Quesadillas p. 138
Fish Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Chipotle Crema p. 119
“Taco Bell” Beef Tacos p. 214

FIESTA MAINS
Stuffed Poblano Quinoa Bake
Chicken Meatball Fajita Skillet
Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Black Bean Enchiladas
Portobello Fajitas with Chipotle Cashew Cream
Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa Verde p. 157
Loaded Chicken Enchiladas p. 78

BEBIDAS!
Skinny Blood Orange-Basil Margarita
Strawberry Mexican Mule
Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita
Clementine-Jalapeño Margarita
Grapefruit Margaritas
Grapefruit Beergarita p. 287
Jalapeño Mule p. 284

Serena’s Cinco de Mayo Menu:
*Bean and Cheese Taquitos (sliced in half for bite size portions)
*Skirt Steak and Avocado Quesadillas from The Dude Diet
*Taco Bar with pulled chicken and ground beef (I’ll double or triple the pulled chicken used in this slider recipe, and make a double batch of beef from The Dude Diet’s Taco Bell Beef Tacos.)
*Loaded Nachos (using the same ground beef and chicken used for the tacos)
*Chips and Dips: Guac, Pico de Gallo, Mango Salsa (I’ll make the mango salsa from this recipe)
*Spicy Watermelon Margaritas (Similar to this recipe but with jalapeño infused tequila instead of vodka and extra lime juice.)

p.s. If you’re in the market for last minute fiesta decorations, I added my favorites to the Amazon store for you!

p.p.s. I plan to document fiesta preparations on Instagram starting tomorrow, so come hang with your weird blog lady there. 

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