9 Recipes for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Even though Cinco de Mayo isn’t an official holiday it doesn’t mean we can’t be reminded to avail ourselves of our fave Mexican (and Tex-Mex) indulgences.

A cast-iron skillet filled with chilaquiles on a wooden cutting board with a block of queso fresco and half a jalapeno beside it.
These chilaquiles, made with eggs, day-old tortillas, jalapeños, salsa, and cheese, are a quick, authentic, and unspeakably satisfying Mexican breakfast (also lunch, dinner, and midnight nosh).
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A person mashing avocado into a bowl of easy guacamole on a table with salt, avocado, cilantro, lime, and chiles.
This easy guacamole is simple as heck and embraces a minimalistic philosophy with its authentic Tex-Mex approach that keeps ingredients to the essentials. Quick. Healthy. And the real deal.
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Pibil-style pork ribs on sheets of parchment paper with a bowl of habanero salsa next to it.
In Yucatan, sour oranges are used for the marinade. Try this with the bitter juices of Seville oranges, or mix together orange and lime juice. This marinade works particularly well with spare ribs. If you can get hold of banana leaves, they will add extra flavor, but the ribs can still be slow-cooked to succulence simply wrapped in baking parchment and foil. 
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A bowl of pico de gallo with a spoon resting inside set on a piece of parchment in a rimmed baking tray.
Pico de gallo is a fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lemon or lime. Bonus – it's also healthy!
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A white bowl filled with pozole verde, topped with sliced radishes, pepitas, avocado, and cilantro.
This pozole verde recipe translates to a soupy stewy chicken dish made with posole or hominy. It’s a quick and easy rendition that takes an hour yet tastes authentic. The leftovers reheat awesomely, too.
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A chile-spiked margarita on a linen cocktail napkin with a lime wedge on the side and a whole green chile in the drink.
This take on a traditional margarita is not only delicious but stunning to behold. Tequila blanco (aka silver tequila) is a style of tequila bottled immediately after it’s distilled from the agave plant. It pairs well with chips and salsa, chips and guac, or pretty much any other Mexican-inspired snacks.
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Two people reaching for traditional molletes on a platter with a bowl of salsa in the middle.
This molletes is really more something you commit to memory than it is a recipe. It’s just refried beans on toast smothered with cheese and broiled until bubbly. Essentially Mexican grilled cheese.
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A stack of flour tortillas topped with pork for carnitas tacos.
These carnitas tacos are made with moist, tender pork shoulder, avocado, onion, tomatillo salsa, lime, and cilantro. Great party food for a crowd, a weekend dinner, or outdoor entertaining.
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A plate of churros with a cup of hot chocolate in the background
These churros are based on the Spanish and Mexican classic that comes together with ingredients you already have on hand. The resulting fried dough is crisp on the outside, airy on the inside, and irresistible through and through.
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