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12 Days of Cinco de Mayo – Day Once

Despite the misunderstanding that Mexican food is always high in both fat and calories, the truth is a lot of the dishes are very healthy, and the reason for this is how fresh produce is often the main part of a meal. Whether that is a trio of vegetable side dishes, some homemade pico de gallo ladled generously over grilled lean fish, a tasty salad made with fresh ingredients, or even tortillas stuffed with something tasty, there are plenty of diet-friendly Mexican recipes to choose from. There are no set recipes for Cinco de Mayo so you can choose anything.

Dairy, such as cheese and cream, is used plentifully in Tex-Mex cuisine but much less in Mexican recipes. This is a common misconception about authentic south of the border cuisine, and it is hardly surprising when so many people assume what you get served in Taco Bell is the same as what a Mexican family would be preparing for their evening meal! Take inspiration from the way Mexican cooks eat by visiting the local market and finding out what is in season, then you can plan your whole meal around this delicious locally farmed produce.

Once you get into the habit of cooking in this way, you will find you naturally gravitate more toward available fresh produce and think of tasty meals to build around them, rather than simply finding a recipe and then trying to find everything on the ingredients list. You can also get creative and tweak existing recipes. Perhaps you cannot find tomatillo, for example. In most recipes, you can simply use tomato instead. Perhaps you do not like one of the layers in a seven-layer Mexican salad, in which case simply substitute something else, and make it your own.

On our Cinco de Mayo countdown menu today we have chicken taquitos, a very flavorful Mexican recipe made by filling tortillas with a spicy chicken mixture and frying them. You could also spritz them with cooking spray and bake them if you prefer. Taquitos (which literally means ‘little tacos’) make lovely warm appetizers and you can serve them as finger food. A guacamole dip, or salsa if you prefer (homemade of course!) makes the perfect accompaniment to this delicious and easy Mexican taquitos recipe.

Mexican Chicken Taquitos with Guacamole

Mexican Chicken Taquitos with GuacamoleShrimp and Avocado CocktailPlatanos FritosArroz con LecheMexican Pico de GalloAvocado and Shrimp FajitasCaramel Apple EmpanadasMexican Bolillo RollsMexican QuesadillasStuffed Burritos12 Days of Cinco de Mayo - Day Uno

Cinco de Mayo 2016!


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

Thanks for visiting,