9 Delicious Mexican Recipes to Make Cinco de Mayo a Real Fiesta of Flavors

9 Delicious Mexican Recipes to Make Cinco de Mayo a Real Fiesta of Flavors
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Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is far more popular in the U.S. than it is in Mexico? This annual celebration commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory in the Battle of Puebla has become associated with Mexican-American culture Stateside – which is why it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s also the day that many people in the U.S. choose to enjoy a Mexican feast. These Mexican recipes run the gamut from the traditional to the innovative, but they all share one thing in common: they’re absolutely delicious.

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1. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

This casserole takes the finicky rolling out of traditional enchiladas, with a quinoa base flavored with enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, and black beans. Topped with shredded cheese, avocado, tomato, and cilantro, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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2. Weeknight Gluten-Free Fish Tacos

These delicious fish tacos are super easy to make. Just heap herb-crusted tuna in your favorite gluten-free corn tortillas. Top with a store-bought broccoli slaw and your tacos are ready to enjoy.

Perfectly Plant-Based

Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Nachos Recipe
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3. Plant-Based Sweet Potato Nachos

Nachos aren’t always the healthiest choice, but these plant-based nachos fly in the face of the stereotype. Traditional tortilla chips are replaced with thinly sliced rounds of sweet potato. Top them with black beans, avocado, and non-GMO tofu sour cream, for a moreish, festive dish rich in colors and nutrients.

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4. Mexican Quinoa Salad

This hearty meal salad is loaded with superfoods and fresh Mexican flavors. A base of mixed greens, cooked quinoa, corn, black beans, and avocado is flavored with fresh cilantro, red onion, and a simple, flavorful orange-chile dressing that really packs a flavor punch.

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5. Mexican Green Chile Veggie Burger

These chickpea-based burgers are super moist and flavorful thanks to heaps of mild green chiles and a host of Mexican spices. The burger base uses crushed tortilla chips in place of breadcrumbs for flavor, crunch, and structure. Top the finished burgers with salsa and avocado for even more flavor and flair.

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6. Butternut Squash Queso

This plant-based queso is positively perfect for drizzling or dipping. A butternut squash and raw cashew base is seasoned with jalapeño, onion, and garlic. Its rich, cheesy flavor comes from an umami-rich combination of nutritional yeast, tamari, and light miso.

Festive Beverages (Tequila, Please!)

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7. Strawberry Margarita

Is there anything that goes better with Mexican food than a margarita? This slightly sweeter version made with seasonal strawberries and a splash of pomegranate juice bring brighter colors to the table.

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8. Mango Chile Lime Margarita

This margarita adds a hint of heat to your cocktail: a dash of hot sauce flavors the margarita itself, which is served with a chile-salt rim. Ultra-sweet, unctuous mango is the perfect base to counteract all that spice!

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9. Paloma Cocktail

The margarita’s lesser-known cousin, the Paloma, pairs refreshing grapefruit with richer, aged reposado tequila. Club soda and just a touch of agave finish this cocktail off with style.

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Does the Right Glass Matter for Your Booze? (At Least One of the ‘Real Housewives’ Says Yes)

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From tumblers, tulip beer glasses, champagne coupes, and more what exactly are the different types of glasses?

On a recent episode of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (I am not admitting to watching this, just reporting on it…cough, cough) at least one of the housewives threw a little fit about her white wine being served in a champagne glass, or vice versa. While you may not care about what glass your champagne comes in, as long as there is Champs, some people evidently take it very seriously. If you have ever cared or want to care about the different types of glasses, read on.

The basic rule of thumb is that there really is a special glass for everything. If you are the type of person who drinks everything out of a mason jar, well then, right on. You keep doing you. For everyone else, the key is to decide which glasses are necessary for your lifestyle. If you and your partner enjoy beer, then it makes the most sense to focus on beer glasses.

While there are plenty of specialty types of glasses, one has to consider their budget, already bulging kitchen cabinets, and if one really desires to wash all those specialty glasses!

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Tumblers

Tumblers are flat-bottomed glassware that comes in different sizes. Taller Iced Tea glasses and shorter old-fashioned glasses (also called a Rocks glass) are both tumblers, as are shot glasses and Collins glasses (which are tall and slender).

Iced tea glasses and old-fashioned glasses can serve as your go-to glasses for all kinds of non-alcoholic beverages. Rocks glasses can also be used to serve whiskey (both neat or on the rocks) and can be utilized for cocktails as well.

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Stemware

Stemware describes those types of glasses that stand on a stem and include goblets, wine glasses, flutes, cocktail glasses, and more. The idea behind stemware glasses is that by holding the glass by the stem, the temperature of the beverage in the glass will not be as impacted by our body warmth.

If you don’t have a large home, having multiple sets of stemware is just not an option. That’s okay. Unless you are a sommelier or a wine collector, you probably can’t tell the difference between red wine served in a Bordeaux glass or a Pinot Noir glass (yes, there are actually glasses made to serve different varieties of wine in). When in doubt, purchase a not-too-wide, not-too-narrow, yet good quality wine glass and call it a day. Gleefully serve everything from red wine to bubbly in it–we give you permission.

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Beer Glasses

Just like wine glasses, there are a multitude of glasses on the market claiming to offer increased taste for various types of beer. How many glasses can one household realistically have on hand for beer, though? Unless you are beer brewer, stick with the pint glass and half pint glasses. The pint glass can double as everyday water glasses and the half pint glass will work for your higher alcohol by content beers. You could go with the British style pint, that has a ridge that makes it easier to hold, or the American-style conical style pint glass.

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