Cinco de Mayo

It is time for a fiesta! Cinco de Mayo, translated to the 5th of May, is a celebration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France. While this celebration is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, it has become a major celebration of the Mexican culture in the United States. It is a time for preparing delicious foods inspired by Mexican tradition.

House-made salsa by Serendipity

Salsa

While salsa is often served with tortilla chips, the flavorful tomato-based sauce is also used to spice up main dishes from eggs to tacos. Many salsa recipes date back to the Aztecs and have always used fresh ingredients.  Making your own salsa is a great way to infuse any meal with a burst of flavor. Try one of these recipes:

Authentic Salsa Recipes

 

Tacos

In Spanish, the word “taco” is a generic term like “sandwich.”  It signifies a tortilla wrapped around a filling. Whether you prefer flour or corn tortillas, there are endless options for filling the tasty flat bread. From spiced crab tacos to turkey tacos with cranberry salsa, the recipes we’ve found are unique but delicious.

Simply Recipes: Tacos

Delish: Beyond Basic Tacos and Toppings

 

Corn

Corn is staple in most Mexican communities. Corn is eaten on the cob but also incorporated into many authentic Mexican dishes.  Martha Stewart has a great corn on the cob recipes that will be a hit at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Martha Stewart: Mexican Corn

If you are looking of a tasty recipe for corn off the cob, try this one from Epicurious.

Epicurious: Mexican Corn

 

Enchiladas

The first documented enchiladas were from the Mayans and consisted of corn tortillas rolled around small fish seasoned with a chile sauce.  Similar to tacos, enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients. Epicurean.com offers several recipes for sauces and fillings that are sure to satisfy any palette.

Epicurean: Enchilada Recipes

 

Desserts

Flan, popular in Mexico, Spain and Portugal is custard with caramel topping. It is typically made with eggs and milk with vanilla flavoring. There are, however, many variations on the theme. Serendipity found a pumpkin flan sure to satisfy.

Gourmet: Pumpkin Flan

Or, try this basic flan recipe from the Good Food Gourmet.

Good Food Gourmet: Delicious Easy Creme Caramel Flan/

 

Churros were originally a Spanish dessert that migrated to South America. Traditional churros are deep fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar. As the dessert has become more popular, filled versions of the sweet bread have popped onto plates everywhere. Try this basic churro recipe for your celebration.

The Sophisticated Gourmet: Churros (Spanish Doughnuts)

Want a churro with a little more flavor? Consider this delight filled with almond cream.

Group Recipes: Almond Cream-Filled Churros

 

Fish tacos by Serendipity

Serendipity

Tip from Serendipity service consultant, Suzie Loya: “Make a fruit filled empanda — have it for breakfast or dessert!”  Need help with your fiesta?  Call Serendipity today.

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