Cinco de Mayo is not only to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French empire, but it’s also a celebration of overcoming the battles. It’s a busy day of the year where people, family, and friends gather to remember the victorious past, share stories, eat, and drink. Of course, what best way to celebrate it than a table filled with delicious food to munch on. It’s a holiday so most often than not, you would expect a lot of guests, so you have to prepare food for a bunch. For sure what comes to your mind when you hear of Mexican food is tacos. They are an essential part of the Latin dining table. Check out our 9 flavorful taco recipes. Aside from this, there is a variety of Mexican food you can offer your guests, that won’t require you to sweat.
You can follow these easy to make Mexican recipes for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Chicken Taco Soup
Crockpot recipes are as easy as what you can get. You just have to set it and wait. After that, you have a special dish like chicken taco soup. It’s as simple as chopping onions and ingredients, opening cans of beans, and dumping them in.
First, place the chopped onions, corn, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beer in the crock pot or slow cooker and mix them well. Then, add the taco seasoning and stir. You can place the chicken breasts, pressing down covered in the mixture. Cook it on low heat for about 7 hours. After this, remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with forks. Put it back in the pot and place toppings as desired.
Blender Salsa and Chips
This one is quite the easiest to make. Blender salsa ingredients are time efficient and more convenient than cutting.
Put all the ingredients (diced tomatoes, quartered onions, a tsp. of garlic salt, 2 tsp. cumin, jalapeno, half a tsp. of sugar, 2 tsp. of lime juice) into a blender. Blend until it’s smooth. Chill for at least an hour or two so the flavors would marinate. Ready to serve with tortilla chips.
Cheesy Pork Nachos
Nachos adds more color and flavor to the table, plus they’re top pick easy to make. This special recipe can be done in less than 10 minutes given you have marinated your pulled pork and have all ingredients ready.
First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, spread the chips out on the baking sheet such as a parchment paper or a foil. After that, put the pulled pork over the chips. Start adding on red onion slices, sprinkle the cheddar cheese, and top with a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce. You can then bake it for 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts. Finally, add optional toppings and ready to serve.
Special Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This is a quicker form of chicken enchiladas. You have most of the ingredients of a chicken casserole in as little time as possible.
All you have to do is place tortillas in the bottom of a baking dish. Put in and spread a half cup of enchilada sauce over tortillas. Then top it with one and a half cups of chicken, 2 tbsp. green chilis, 2 tbsp. onions, a half cup of corn and a cup of cheese. Add and repeat another layer with more tortillas, enchilada sauce, remaining chicken, green chilis, onions, corn, and a cup of cheese. Add another layer of tortillas, a cup of sauce, and one and a half cups of cheese. You can bake in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Finally, let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Mexican rice presents the right amount of flavor than any other rice dishes.
Make this rice special by sautéing it in heated oil until golden brown or toasted. Add the jalapenos and garlic until softened. Then, simmer the rice in a blender puree of tomatoes, onions, chicken stock, salt, and cumin so it absorbs all the additional flavors really well. Taste the rice for your preference and add salt, cilantro, big squeezes of lime, gently fluff with a fork, and ready to serve.
Salad Fiesta Bowl
Who would forget to serve a salad in a gathering? It’s very simple to make and it balances different flavorful and fatty food. Make it extra special with these ingredients.
Put some washed, dried, and chopped lettuce on the bottom of the bowl. Place the ingredients (diced tomatoes, black beans, diced red onions, corn, chopped avocadoes, and chopped cooked chicken). Trickle about 6 to 8 tbsp. of dressing over the salad. Squeeze some lemon over, toss, and serve.