Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Cinco de Mayo Party - Our favorite Mexican inspired recipes

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is most widely celebrated in the US?  Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day which many Americans believe, it is the day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory over France in 1862 during the Battle of Puebla.  It is not considered a national holiday in Mexico and is primarily only celebrated regionally in the state of Puebla (source).   Here in the US, we have conformed it into a celebration of Mexican tradition and culture and it always takes place on the 5th of May.

What better way to celebrate another culture than to indulge in their cuisine?  Here are some of our favorite Mexican-style recipes that you can enjoy at your Cinco de Mayo party.

Mexican Spinach and Cheese Dip

  1. Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl, mix thoroughly
  2. Heat in a microwave for 3-5 minutes (or in a 350 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes), stirring occasionally until hot and cheese is melted.  Serve with warmed tortilla chips
Easy Homemade Guacamole

  1. Combine the seasoning packet with 3 Tbsp. water and allow to stand for 15 minutes. 
  2. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp of the avocados and place in a bowl.
  3. Add seasoning to avocado pulp and mash with a fork until blended to desired consistency.  Add chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste if desired
  4. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes before serving.

Roadhouse Beef Fajitas

  • 1 pound beef steak* (see below for vegetarian option)
  • 1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Roadhouse Steak Sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienne
  • 1 green bell pepper, julienne
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienne
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 6-8 inch flour tortillas
  1. Place steak and Stonewall Kitchen Roadhouse Steak Sauce in a shallow pan or plastic zip bag.  Marinate 2-6 hours.  Grill steak, basting occasionally with Roadhouse Steak Sauce until desired doneness. Slice thin.
  2. Toss sliced vegetables with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.  Grill vegetables in a grill basket until tender crisp.
  3. Heat tortillas by grilling each side until warm, but not crisp
  4. Arrange meat and vegetables down the center of the grilled tortilla wrap.
  5. Serve warm
*For a vegetarian option, try replacing the steak with hearty portobello mushrooms - no need to marinate, just brush with the Roadhouse Steak Sauce while grilling!

And of course, margaritas to wash it all down with!

Our Margarita Mixer has great recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Margaritas so everyone can enjoy!

Looking for more?  We have more!  Here are a few more Mexican themed snacks and meals that can be found on our website;

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