My Cinco De Mayo Favorites


Is there still time to give you menu suggestions for Cinco de Mayo?  I did not try any new recipes this year–my two sisters reign when it comes to preparing the best Mexican food in my family (well, a lot of food, really).  I’m the eldest but I had the latest start in the kitchen.  However, I have shared a few of my favorites here on the blog so I thought I would put them together here for you today.  I’ve practically got breakfast, lunch and dinner covered here–you’re in charge of the margaritas.

1.  Huevos Rancheros

This is one of the first recipes I shared here, inspired by a wonderful beachfront breakfast that I enjoyed while visiting Mexico in 2006.  I put my own spin on this Mexican classic and it remains one of my favorites.


2.  Pico de Gallo

My sisters and my parents make the best salsas; there’s hardly ever a need to make my own.  Here is just one of the many varieties I get to enjoy when my parents’ garden is abundant with homegrown tomatoes.


3.  Carnitas Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

This is my go-to carnitas recipe, inspired by my sister.  When I am forced to make my own salsa, my Mango-Avocado version hits the spot.


4.  Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Feel free to omit the chicken in these enchiladas–I actually like the vegetarian version just a little more.  My Avocado-Lime Sauce has also garnered positive feedback from a few readers–you might like it, too.


5.  Fish Tacos with Mango-Tomatillo Salsa and Homemade Corn Tortillas

This is Mexican fare that I serve the most at home.  It never disappoints.


Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone!

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Tulum, Mexico






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  1. Can I be on that beach in Mexico right now? Looks like heaven! 🙂

    Can’t wait to try the pico de gallo when my tomatoes are ripe, and your enchiladas and fish tacos look great too!

  2. Happy Cinco de Mayo Jean! Your pico de gallo is a must make and in fact I am going to make tonight. Loved your post!!!

  3. Jean I love Tulum, my husband and I went there for our 20th wedding anniversary 2 years ago! Oh and your dishes for Cinco De Mayo all look wonderful. I love, love Mexican food and could eat it all the time. Hope your enjoying the weekend 🙂

  4. mmmmmm…everything looks lovely. makes me want to go out NOW for some Mexican food! Love your beach photos as well. I can’t remember the last time I’m on a hot, sandy beach like that with crystal clear water! argh! i need a vacation badly…

  5. You may have gotten a late start, but you have some great twists on classics here.

  6. Oh dear Jean, everything that you presented look absolutely stunning and delicious! Great job, love the post!

  7. I can’t imagine your sisters can do better than this. Your collection here is worthy of any fiesta!

  8. Beautiful photos and delicious food! Great post!

  9. Sigh!!! I wish that I could be at the beach!!! The weekend is over but I feel like weekend can be more work. I totally dream of the beach and having these delicious Mexican meals.!

  10. It was very smart of you to put me in charge of the margaritas. GREG

  11. Cinco de Mayo may be over but good Mexican recipes are always useful. Your collection looks delicious. And that beach photo is calling to me, wish I was there 😉

  12. I don’t think good food needs any celebration! They all looks delicious and beautifully presented.

  13. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I will take one of each! Wish I could’ve visited you for Cinco de Mayo…or been on that gorgeous beach in Tulum. Everything looks just delicious, Jean. 🙂

  14. Hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo, Jean! I’m sure you ate well, all these dishes are making me so hungry. And those photos of the beach are really making me crave a getaway!


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