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5 Killer Cinco de Mayo Recipes

May 05 2013 - 9:00 AM

If you’re a true Chicagoan, you know we take advantage of every opportunity to celebrate some kind of holiday – especially if it involves eating and day drinking. Cinco de Mayo is one day especially close to my heart, mostly because I honestly have no clue what I’m celebrating, but also because I am freakishly obsessed with Mexican food. An official day to celebrate this passion is just what everyone needs.

I’m going to a Cinco de Mayo party, and I don’t plan on sticking to the theme for the dessert I’m bringing. But I haven’t been able to stop drooling over these recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. Take a look at my picks, and let us know what your go-to Mexican dish (or beverage) is!

1. Fried Guacamole, Joy the Baker

I’m obsessed with putting avocado on everything. It’s basically like nature’s butter. Guacamole is so fantastic on its own, I’ve often wondered how anyone could possibly make it better. This has to be it. Joy always has such innovative recipes, and these little bundles look irresistible.

2. Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas, How Sweet Eats

You can never go wrong with traditional lime margaritas. But these coconut creamsicle margaritas (pictured above) really raise the bar. I say if you’re shaking up some tequila at home, why not get a little creative? The coconut rimmed glasses are also a great accent if you’re having guests over.

3. Elote Fritters, Spoon Fork Bacon

It’s a holiday, so why not fry everything, right? These corn fritters are like a Mexican twist on a hushpuppy, paired with a creamy dipping sauce and zesty lime juice. Oh, and don’t forget to add a little extra queso fresco.

4. Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche, Cooking on the Weekends

I’m always a little wary of making ceviche at home. A lot of grocery store fish just isn’t good enough quality for a ceviche. This recipe is straightforward, and the combination of lime and orange juices to marinade the fish has to be good.With some homemade chips you’re good to go.

5. Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri, Feasting at Home

The pictures in this post are enough to make you jump off your couch and run out to Big Star. When I want to avoid the insane line – and save some money – I love making my own tacos. These steak tacos bring something a little different. The chimichurri sauce looks incredibly easy, and there’s no doubt it adds an intense flavor to an otherwise ordinary taco.