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 are a quick, authentic, and very satisfying Mexican breakfast, made with day-old tortillas, eggs, and cheese.
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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.
This pico de gallo recipe, made from tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime, and chile, is a form of fresh salsa. A Mexican and Tex-Mex staple.
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A white bowl filled with pozole verde, topped with sliced radishes, pepitas, avocado, and cilantro.
This pozole verde is a comforting bowl of Mexican stew, made with chicken thighs, hominy, tomatillos, and jalapeno. Quick and easy to make but tastes authentic.
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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 pile of soft tortillas topped with carnitas, onion, guacamole, and cilantro. They're resting in a woven basket on a pile of blue napkins.
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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