Cinco De Mayo: No Drinking, Just Eating!

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Not drinking this Cinco De Mayo? Staying in as well? Don’t worry! Your night can still be as exciting as the drunken night of all those crazy kids running around on the town.  Instead of doing shots all night, how about having your own celebration featuring these easy-to-make Mexican Dishes.

Red Cheese Enchiladas:

Photo Credit: lilluna.com

Photo Credit: lilluna.com

What you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 14 oz. Chile Puree (Bueno Brand, MILD)
  • 4-5 cups water
  • 8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • Salt & Garlic Pepper season to taste

How to Make it:

  1. In a pot, brown (roux) flour in oil. Add Chile Puree (which comes in Mild or Hot and is found in the frozen section and needs to be thawed out).
  2. Add 4-5 cups of water and tomato sauce.
  3. Add salt and garlic pepper. Season to taste.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Depending on thickness add more water. You know it’s the perfect consistency when it coats the back of the spoon.
  5. After it comes to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Keep lid on to prevent skin from forming on top.

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Taco Cups:

Prep Time- 5 minutes

Photo Credit: Family.Go.com

Photo Credit: Family.Go.com

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 pound cooked taco-seasoned meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup slick black olives
  • 1 bag Tostitos Scoops

How to Make it:

  1. Set chips on a large platter and layer with beans, meat, cheddar, salsa, sour cream and black olives.

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Tortilla Soup

Photo Credit: SimplyRecipes.com

Photo Credit: SimplyRecipes.com

What You’ll Need

–Soup

  • 2 Quarts chicken broth
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of salsa

–Add-Ins

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cooked boneless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 bag corn tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

How To Make It

  1. In a large soup pot, combine the broth, corn, tomatoes, and salsa. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Just before you are ready to eat, cube the avocado and sprinkle it with lemon juice. Place the add-ins in bowls on the table. Diners can fill a bowl with the ingredients of their choice, then ladle on the hot soup. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Chicken Tacos

Photo Credit: Family.Go.com

Photo Credit: Family.Go.com

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano chili, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 12 flour tortillas

How to Make It 

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and chili and sauté until the onion has softened, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, cumin, and salt and continue to cook for one more minute. Add the chicken and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve in tortillas with toppings of your choice. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

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Homemade Chips and Salsa

Photo Credit: savorynotes.com

Photo Credit: savorynotes.com

Chips

What You Need

  • Tortillas, cut into your shape of choice
  • Lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • a light oil, for frying (I used vegetable)

Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat oil until temperature reads 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, stop cooking, go to the store, and buy one.
  2. Carefully drop the tortillas in the hot oil, and fry until slightly golden brown, about 3-5 mins
  3. Move to a paper towel lined plate, and immediately sprinkle with salt, and lime juice.

Salsa

What You Need

  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup onion, very roughly chopped
  • lime juice (amount? your choice)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeds removed if you’d like it to be less spicy)
  • a few dashes of Louisiana hot sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar

Preparation

  1. First, did you know that if you’re going to be using raw onion in a dish, that after chopping/dicing/mincing/slicing them, running them under cold water will help calm the flavor of the onion? So go ahead and do that.
  2. Now in a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, onion, and jalapeño and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Move your now finely chopped greens to a separate bowl, and in food processor bowl, add all tomatoes, sugar and salt. Pulse until chopped, or pulverized.
  4. Mix with your finely chopped greens, and add lime juice and Louisiana hot sauce.

Try some of these recipes and have a wonderfully, full belly Cinco De Mayo this year.  All of your drunk friends will be so jealous of your delicious, homemade dishes! For more Cinco De Mayo ideas, click here.

Kristel Lugo/CW44 Tampa Bay

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