Friday, May 4, 2012

Five Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

Don't you love it when Cinco de Mayo falls on the weekend?  That way you'll have plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the fun as well as the robust flavors of all the yummy foods.  Are you looking for some food suggestions?  Here are five of my favorite dishes to make at home anytime, but especially on Cinco de Mayo.

Slammin' Guacamole

Slammin' Guacamole
OK, I know, guacamole is not technically a dish, but I can't imagine a Cinco de Mayo spread without a large bowl of tasty guacamole.   This is my favorite guacamole recipe, but I encourage you to make this one your own with a little bit of this and that.

Add a bit more jalapeno pepper to kick up the heat index.  Add a little more, or less, chopped tomato, or substitute parsley for the cilantro.  I happen to love the cilantro, but I know there are many of you who don't.  Leftover guacamole is a wonderful sandwich spread...just sayin'.

Southwest Chicken with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This barbecued chicken recipe doesn't require a grill.  No, you can make this smoky flavored chicken from start to finish in your kitchen.  The keys to success are the Southwest rub and the chipotle barbecue sauce.  Once you make them you'll always want to have them on hand to add a little zip to your life.

Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos

Are tacos one of your favorite things to eat?  You'll love these fish tacos.  They are quick to make but pack a mouthful of flavor.  It's fun to set out all the components and let everyone build their own tacos.  That makes this a perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe.

Tequila Lime Shrimp

Shrimp is always on hand in my freezer.  This recipe is one of the reasons why.  Come to think of it, these shrimp would be terrific as a taco filling as well.

Cumin Grilled Rib Eye with Chili Lime Butter
Cumin Grilled Rib Eye with Chili-Lime Butter
Last, but not least, is a delicious way to kick up the flavor of a grilled rib eye steak.  Ribeyes are a wonderful cut of beef for grilling, but on Cinco de Mayo you deserve to punch it up and welcome the party to your mouth.  The chili lime butter keeps well in your freezer, so if you make some this weekend you'll have plenty on hand for the grilling season.

Click the links and you'll be taken to the step by step posts for each of these recipes.

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