My middle child happily eating tacos al pastor

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow–are you ready? If you’re still making your dinner plans, here are a few recipes from MKES and some I’ve dug up to get you cooking something spicy.

Salsas & such

Traditional tomato salsa from Rick Bayless
If you can’t find (or make) fire-roasted tomatoes, regular varieties will work fine too. I substitute serrano peppers for the jalapenos here.

Guacamole from Cafe Johnsonia

Bring on the avacados!


Authentic Red Chile Enchiladas

This sauce takes time, but it’s worth the effort. Plus you can freeze some for later.

Homemade Sopes and Tortillas

Making sopes

Hand-crafted tortillas are deceptively difficult to make, but the thicker, easier to flip sopes–so much easier!

Amish Nachos

Nothing authentic about ‘em, just an excuse to fuse really good bacon with some Mexican flavors.

Turkey picadillo tacos

So easy and a great way to use ground turkey.

Chili Relleno Tart from Urban Baker

Get the flavors of Chile Relleno without all the frying and mess (not that I mind frying…)

Chipolte Chilaquiles from Rick Bayless

Usually chilaquiles is made with a green salsa (and as a breakfast food) but I like the idea of adding smoky chipotles.

Tacos Al Pastor from Serious Eats

Sweet and spicy pork tacos are my all-time favorite. This recipe comes from Mark Miller’s excellent Tacos book.
Sweet Stuff

Rice pudding

So soothing after a hearty meal packed with chiles.

Mexican wedding cookies from the Joy of Baking

Melt-in-your mouth, buttery cookies that are covered in powdered sugar.

Dulce de Leche flan from Saveur

Deep caramel-flavored custard-like goodness.

Churros from The Food Network

Fried dough smothered in cinnamon & sugar. Yum!

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