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Before They’re Gone! 25+ Exclusive Cinco de Mayo Recipes to Elevate Your Party

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Join us on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavors of Mexico with our collection of 25+ recipes, each bursting with authentic flavors. On our way, we will show you fun, crafty ways to prepare your fixings from fresh ingredients and incorporate them into classic meals we all know and love. In this guide, you will find ideas for Taco Tuesday, weeknight meals, Cinco de Mayo party boards, and more! Let’s start exploring the heart and soul of Mexican cooking!

The Ultimate Taco Bar

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This guide answers questions about what to include in your spread, how to set up your table, and what to do with the leftovers. By following it, you are sure to impress everyone at the next gathering! Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Taco Bar

Venison Chorizo

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Traditional Mexican chorizo is a fresh sausage, unlike its cousin, the Spanish chorizo, which is aged and smoked. Adding deer meat increases the protein content while lowering the overall fat content without compromising taste. It is a must-try in any Mexican recipe! Get the Recipe: Venison Chorizo

Chicken Enchiladas

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If you have some rotisserie chicken in the fridge and want to assemble your enchiladas, you’re looking for this. Pull one of your homemade enchilada sauce jars from the cupboard and get started! Get the Recipe: Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Pork Enchiladas

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Enchiladas can be made with various fillings, making it a good choice for pork because it is one of the cheaper meats on the market and an excellent option for large families. Get the Recipe: Pork Enchiladas

Venison Enchiladas

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Since you can use almost any meat for this meal, why not venison? There are plenty of tougher venison cuts that many people need help with. Well, don’t waste all that healthy protein; make enchiladas. Get the Recipe: Venison Enchiladas

Stacked Enchiladas

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Stacked enchiladas is a vintage recipe you don’t always get to see. The Better Homes and Gardens Heritage Cook Book suggests this idea originated in New Mexico and used to be made with tomatillos. Have fun putting this dish together! Get the Recipe: Stacked Enchiladas

Baked Chilaquiles

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Do you want to try a lighter version of Chilaquiles? Look no further than Baked Chilaquiles. Here, we use some tricks to reduce cholesterol intake. Get the Recipe: Baked Chilaquiles

Poultry Enchiladas Verdes

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If you’re looking for a meal that allows you to experiment with tomatillos, you must try this one. It is a good fit for using leftover turkey or a rotisserie chicken, enabling you to focus on the fun part. Get the Recipe: Enchiladas Verdes

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Here’s an example of minimum effort and maximum reward. Chicken enchilada casserole was born from the desire to achieve enchilada greatness without going to the trouble of prepping it all. This might sound wild, but you’ll have to try it yourself! Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Leftovers Mexican Turkey Soup

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If you have any leftover poultry, either Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey or some rotisserie chicken from last night, making Mexican Soup is one easy way to put them to good use and yield a healthy meal. Get the Recipe: Leftovers Mexican Turkey

Chorizo Tacos

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Tacos are traditional Mexican hand-sized tortillas topped with your preferred ingredients. You will find many ingredients on our website, but this one takes a closer look at chorizo as a filling. Get the Recipe: Chorizo Tacos

Chicken Tacos

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Chicken. It’s a classic choice for any Mexican dish. Healthy, easy to come by, one of the more affordable options out there, and beloved by all. If you’re looking for an easy filling for all your guests to enjoy, be sure to give chicken tacos a try. Get the Recipe: Chicken Tacos

Carnitas Tacos

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Carnitas translates to “little meats” in Spanish. It is usually a highly economical protein option for tacos and other meals because it’s pork. These tacos are very convenient, with a prep time of 10 minutes and a hands-off approach to cooking. Get the Recipe: Carnitas Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos

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The ground beef taco is our go-to option for Cinco de Mayo or a regular Taco Tuesday. Allow this low-simmered meal to take you on a journey! Get the Recipe: Ground Beef Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

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Shrimp tacos are an excellent option for a warm summer evening. They are usually served with lighter salsas, such as citrus or peach, and coleslaw and lime juice for a little sour kick. Get the Recipe: Shrimp Tacos

Salmon Tacos

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Salmon is a fast and gourmet option for an elegant weeknight dinner. Top them with a spicy coleslaw for an added touch of surprise. Get the Recipe: Salmon Tacos

Lobster Tacos

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The ultimate taco must be the lobster taco. Elegant, buttery, smoky, absolutely surprising with every bite! If you want to bring the most unexpected dish for your Cinco de Mayo gathering, these tacos should be it. Get the Recipe: Lobster Tacos

Rabbit Tacos

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We want to show you how we turn the tough rabbit leg meat into a juicy, tender delight! With the proper technique and ingredients, you, too, can enjoy a unique taco. Get the Recipe: Rabbit Tacos

Pheasant Tacos

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Do you want poultry but feel tired of chicken? Don’t worry! Pheasant, too, is terrific in tacos. What isn’t? Pheasant is similar to chicken in taste and texture but a bit more flavorful. Get the Recipe: Pheasant Tacos

Brisket tacos

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The brisket is a cut that only some know how to use. May it be beef or venison, most don’t even think about it. But your mind will forever change once you’ve tried these spicy and flavorful tacos. Get the Recipe: Brisket tacos

Venison Tacos or Tostadas

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Since we touched on all sorts of taco fillings and some game meats, we couldn’t omit one of our favorite game meats to hunt for or dine on. Venison is one of our most used game meats, and because of our experience, we’ve perfected the art of cooking it. Get the Recipe: Venison Tacos or Tostadas

Steak Taquitos

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Steak or roast, spicy or not, these taquitos are easy to make. Most people go for tacos, burritos, or nachos. We encourage you to try one of the easiest Mexican recipes: Taquitos! Get the Recipe: Steak Taquitos

Air Fryer Taquitos

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If you’re looking for a healthier version of taquitos, try them in the air fryer! Top them with cilantro and some jalapenos, and serve them with your favorite dip or on their own. Just have fun with it! Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Taquitos

Pork Taquitos

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Once again, pork is the more affordable option. You can serve these taquitos with a smoky topping, or if you’re looking for a lighter taste, try them with a fresh bowl of guacamole. Get the Recipe: Pork Taquitos

Chorizo Huevos Rancheros

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Huevos rancheros is an authentic, popular Mexican dish commonly served for breakfast or brunch. But if it’s a celebration, why not have breakfast for dinner? Try them with a delicious homemade chorizo. You won’t regret it! Get the Recipe: Chorizo Huevos Rancheros

Green Chicken Pozole

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Pozole is one of the traditional Mexican recipes. It is a soup or stew whose most specific ingredient is hominy. The soup is usually seasoned and garnished with typical toppings such as sour cream, avocado, onions, etc. Get the Recipe: Green Chicken Pozole

Green Pork Pozole

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Green Pozole is a delicious soup with a specific taste that lies in the green chile kick and the tangy tomatillo. The fattiness in this meat pairs well with this refreshing, otherwise light meal, making it the perfect blend of light but hearty. Get the Recipe: Green Pork Pozole

20+ Fish Recipes

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From easy freshwater fish to succulent grouper, these ideas will satisfy every palate. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that’ll have you hooked from the first bite. Get the Recipes: 20+ Fish Recipes

Citrus and Ways to Enjoy Them

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Not only because of their excellent taste but also their high content of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, throughout history, cultures have incorporated citrus in their traditional cuisines worldwide. In light of this, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of options to skim through and find the one that best matches your needs. Get the Recipes: Citrus and Ways to Enjoy Them

Author: Diana Neels

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Diana Neels is a seasoned software engineer, dog enthusiast, crochet hobbyist, and foodie; she channels her love for culinary adventures into the creative realm of Binky’s Culinary Carnival as a creator and editor.

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