Good & Cheap Eats for Cinco de Mayo

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Carnitas Soft Tacos

May is one of my very favorite months of the year. My birthday + My anniversary + Mother’s Day = the trifecta that plagues my husband, poor man.

But, besides the presents and celebrations galore, May signals the end of the school year approaching, the arrival of warmer weather, and of course, great meals eaten al fresco.

Growing up in Southern California, I early developed an affinity for Mexican food. It makes its appearance in my meal plan on a weekly basis.

This week is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of an important victory of the Mexican army over the invading French in 1862. While it’s celebrated more in the US than in Mexico, similar to St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a fun celebration, nonetheless.

This week is a great week to enjoy cuisine from South of the Border. And the grocery stores behave accordingly. Yesterday I found avocados for 40 cents each!

Here are some of our favorite Mexican food dishes to inspire you this week:


A little bit of work, but so worth it!


OK, technically, taquitos are from San Diego, but they’re a very close relative to Mexican food.

Salsa Verde Beef

Poblano Chile Enchiladas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

What’s YOUR favorite Mexican recipe?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Betsy says:

    We adore Mexican food! My favorite is this chicken salad.

  2. Micha says:

    Whatever Mexican food I am eat at the moment is my favorite but I have a big soft spot for good enchiladas.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for these! We have been dying since moving from Southern California to Connecticut. The weather’s bad and there isn’t any good Mexican food. My daughter’s birthday is Cinco de Mayo, but I think she’s choosing to have ham. My husband’s birthday is Mexican independence day and he will surly request one of these for his birthday (not until September however). But we love Mexican food!

  4. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says:

    That all looks delicious! Salsa Verde beef sounds especially good!! Last year, I concocted a Mexican Lasagna recipe for Cinco de Mayo! We do love Mexican food around here!

  5. Amanda says:

    Oh man these look so good. I love Carnitas.

  6. We had this a little early for Cinco De Mayo- but it was soo yummy we may have it again. Quick Easy and real food

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