Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cinco de Mayo Ideas

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this week, I thought it would be fun to focus on some Mexican recipes for the next few days.  We absolutely love Mexican food in our house, so there is no shortage of dishes to choose from.  These are some of my favorites, that would make fantastic dinners on the big day, whether you are staying in for a low-key celebration, or going all-out and hosting a big fiesta.  Stay tuned, because every day between now and Wednesday I'll be posting a Mexican-inspired recipe. 

 These Chicken Enchiladas are the most popular recipe on my blog, and for good reason.  They're awesome!  They are seriously life changing, and I can't believe I lived almost 28 years without them.  Even if you're not having a big party, I highly recommend that make a pan of these enchiladas.  I also recently made a dip using the filling, so stay tuned for that amazing dish!

If you want to provide a choice, or want something a little different, chicken enchiladas verdes might be what you're looking for.  I love the tang of the tomatillos, and they are a fun and delicious twist on traditional enchiladas.

If you want to go lighter, chipotle bean burritos are a delicious option.  Add whatever extra veggies you want - peppers and onions would be great - or add some grilled chicken or ground turkey for a meat option. 

Another great light option is black beans and rice with red chile chicken.  Or, leave out the chicken and make it as a side dish.  I've done this several times, and its just great that way.

If you're looking for a side, cheesy creamed corn is pretty awesome.  

No matter what you decide to make as your main dish, I highly recommend that you make rustic roasted salsa.  Rick Bayless is the king of Mexican food, and his salsa certainly reflects that.

And finally, margarita cupcakes are the perfect way to end your meal. 


shaymk said...

Looks delicious! I'm going to try your chicken enchilada recipe this year for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks!

Joanne said...

All of these look like fantastic to figure out which one to make first...

B & D said...

im defiantely trying your Chicken Enchiladas and rustic roasted salsa... :)

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