Tex-Mex Favorites

Tex-Mex Favorites

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and although I’m not Mexican, I do like to celebrate by having a margarita or two and making some classic Tex-Mex food. Here are some of my personal favorites from our site. Make them all and host a smorgasbord!

Pineapple Margaritas: This recipe is perfect for Cinco De Mayo! It's a delicious margarita with a taste of pineapple!

Strawberry Margaritas: A Strawberry Margarita is easy to execute with The Perfect Purée's Beverage Artistry strawberry base. Have a fresh tasting strawberry version of the classic cocktail year round!

Frozen Margaritas: Should be made a day in advance and can be kept in the freezer through the summer (if it lasts that long).

Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles (chee-la-KEE-les) are an authentic Mexican dish unlike their Tex-Mex variant, nachos. However, there are many similarities, to the point that I just call them breakfast nachos. Maybe I should call nachos dinner chilaquiles to be more accurate, but who cares, they're delicious.

Grilled Tex-Mex Salad: This is a healthy alternative to the traditional taco salad.

Pickled Carrots and Jalapenos (Escabeche): If you're anything like me, you love to snack on the spicy pickled vegetables that many Mexican restaurants bring out as an appetizer. If you feel like speaking Spanish, this appetizer is actually called "escabeche." This is so easy to make, you'll feel like you're in a Mexican restaurant at home!

Dan’s Loaded Nachos: I love nachos. Chips, cheese, jalapenos, and all the trimmings. Since I can't have meat because of my transition to a vegetarian diet, this is one of my go-tos lately. I make substitutions like using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (trust me, it tastes the same), and use fake meat instead of my usual chicken (close enough for me), but here's the original recipe I made up years ago.

Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos: This tangy and spicy Tex-Mex chicken recipe will have your guests coming back for seconds.

Terrific Flan with Almonds: This custard-like dessert is a classic Mexican sweet with brown sugar, condensed milk and slivered almonds for crunch.

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