Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipes


Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner!

Cinco de Mayo is a day celebrated in both the US and in Mexico. In the US it originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War and it has since spread. In Mexico the day commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Celebrations in the US typically include Mexican-American culture, food, music and dancing.

Mexican cuisine is definitely one of my favourites and Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to pull out some of my favourite Mexican dishes and to try a few new ones! I am kicking things off a little early this year by testing some new recipes and gathering up a list of some of my favourite Mexican dishes and Mexican inspired dishes to share with you! I must apologize for the length of this list, there are just so many great options starting from breakfast or brunch, to snacks, main courses and sides and lets not forget plenty of salsas, tacos and quesadillas! You really can't go wrong celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tasty food and each of these recipes are sure to please!

Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa
Salsa is a staple in Mexican cuisine and I realized that I had not shared my go-to quick, easy, tasty and healthy fire roasted tomato salsa, aka restaurant style salsa. This salsa literally only takes 5 minutes to make and it's pantry friendly! You just need to open up some cans of fire roasted tomatoes, throw them into a food processor along with some onions, garlic, chillies, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and process until you have the desired consistency! Other than the cilantro I have all of the ingredients in my house pretty much all of the time so a tasty salsa is only ever a few minutes away! I like to use chipotle chilies in adobo sauce for the chili heat because they add an amazing smokiness but you could use whatever chilies that you prefer to get the flavour and heat that you desire!

Chipotle Lime Salmon and Avocado Salsa Quesadillas

Chipotle Lime Salmon and Avocado Salsa Quesadillas
After enjoying the chipotle lime salmon with avocado salsa as a light and healthy meal by themselves I could not help but think that the leftovers would be perfect quesadilla style, sandwiched between 2 toasted tortillas along with plenty of melted cheese! I pretty much just took the spicy chipotle salmon and the cool and creamy avocado salsa, threw them in tortillas along with some cheese and toasted them up until they were nice and golden brown and the cheese was melted! As simple as they are, these quesadillas are absolutely fabulous, I mean you really can't go wrong adding ooey gooey melted cheese! I served the chipotle lime salmon and avocado salsa quesadillas topped with more salsa, a drizzle of sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and a garnish of cilantro. Leftovers never had it so good and my taste buds were thanking me for serving these quesadillas for lunch the next day!

Chipotle Lime Salmon

Chipotle Lime Salmon with Avocado Salsa
With all of the heavier comfort food eating during the winter spring is a time for lighter and healthier fare and up next for me is this super quick, easy and tasty chipotle and lime salmon! The smokey chipotle lime flavour combo is another one of my favourites and it goes so well on melt in your mouth buttery salmon. This salmon could not be easier, you simply mix the chipotle chilies in adobo with lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and bake and broil or grill the salmon until just cooked. This chipotle lime salmon makes for a perfect main course with some sides and it's also great as a filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, etc. This time I chose to serve it topped with cool and creamy avocado salsa to balance the spicy heat of the chipotle chilies. No matter how you serve it this chipotle lime salmon makes for an amazing light spring or summer meal!

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa
Lately I have found myself thinking a lot about Cinco de Mayo so I figured that I might as well get an early start and this chunky avocado salsa was first on my list. This salsa is super easy to make where you just need to dice some avocados, jalapenos, tomatoes and onions, hit it with some lime juice, throw in some cilantro and finish things off with a touch of salt. Despite being so easy this salsa is so amazingly good with the cool and creamy avocados, the juicy tomatoes, tangy onions jalapeno heat and the freshness from the lime juice and cilantro! If you want to save some time, feel free to prepare everything except the avocados the day before and then you just need to mix in the avocados when ready! This avocado salsa is great for dipping or as a side or topping or even in other dishes like burritos, quesadillas, etc.

Creamy Lemon Chicken

Creamy Lemon Chicken
It's time for another quick and easy chicken dish and this time it's a spring themed creamy lemon chicken! This chicken is just as easy as it sounds where the boneless and skinless chicken breasts are cooked until golden brown and then a quick pan sauce is made with white wine, chicken broth, cream, lemon and parmesan along with a touch of dijon mustard for some tang and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper. In addition to being simple to make this dish takes less that 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to cook some pasta, rice, quinoa, etc. and some vegetables to serve it with! Instead of just serving this creamy lemon chicken on pasta with a side of veggies you could also slice up the chicken and toss it with the sauce and pasta along with the veggies like I did this time with fettuccine, asparagus and peas. I like to add fresh chopped dill to the creamy lemon sauce but other fresh herbs like parsley or tarragon are also nice and they make the sauce just a little bit fresher and brighter!

Easy Chicken Recipes

Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is one of my go-to foods for when I want an easy meal, or better yet a quick and easy meal, and that's because there are so many chicken recipes that are really easy and taste great! Chicken is really versatile with recipes ranging from simple roast chicken (pure comfort food!) to light and yet filling chicken salads and everything in between such as soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc. Since I have been enjoying a lot of easy chicken recipes these last few weeks I thought that I would take the opportunity to gather some of my favourites to share with you! Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight meal or you are looking for an easy meal that will also impress guests you have plenty of tasty options!