May 01, 2020

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the fifth of May, is a Mexican holiday that has evolved in America to commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. As a nation, we’ve embraced this holiday as the perfect occasion to load up on nachos, tacos, margaritas, and more. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Mexican food?!

We jump at the opportunity to eat tasty, authentically-flavored food and Cinco de Mayo is no exception. If you’re inspired to bring this celebration into your home this year, here are three great-tasting ideas. Quick and easy to make, these are fun ways to give your family an impressive Mexican-inspired night!

al pastor loaded tacos

Slow Cooker Al Pastor Loaded Tacos

Recipe fromPaleOMG

This al pastor taco recipe is quick and easy to prepare, full of amazing flavor, and your slow cooker does all the work for you! Paleo-friendly, gluten- and grain-free.

Ingredients

For the pork:

2 cups fresh pineapple, diced

½ white onion, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves

½ cup orange juice

2 tbsp white vinegar

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 tbsp chipotle chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

juice of 1 lime

2 lb pork loin, cubed

 

For the tacos:

Paleo-friendly grain-free tortillas

¾ cup pineapple, diced

½ white onion, minced

handful of fresh cilantro, minced

Paleo ranch dressing (optional)

lime wedges

 

Directions

  1. Place all pork ingredients (except for the pork) in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Place cubed pork loin in a crockpot and cover pork with pureed mixture. Cover crockpot and cook on low for about 8 hours.
  2. Once pork has cooked through, use two forks to shred the meat and mix to coat with the cooked down sauce.
  3. To heat tortillas: place tortilla over a gas stovetop until slightly browned on both sides (about 10-15 seconds per side).
  4. To build tacos: use a slotted spoon to scoop out the meat and place in taco shell. Top with pineapple, onion, cilantro, a small amount of creamy ranch, and squeeze fresh lime juice on top!
sweet potato nacho cheese

Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese Dip

Recipe from My Heart Beets

This nacho “cheese” dip provides all the cheesy nacho flavor without the cheese. Nut- and dairy-free, this recipe uses sweet potato to create a creamy base perfect for dipping. Paleo and vegan-friendly.

Ingredients

3 cups sweet potato, diced

1 ½ cups water

½ cup nutritional yeast

1 tbsp tapioca flour

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp paprika

⅛ tsp cayenne, adjust to taste

⅛ tsp mustard powder

Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

 

Directions

  1. Add the sweet potatoes and water to a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Allow this to cool.
  2. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a blender along with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the sauce back to the saucepan over medium heat and stir for 3-4 minutes until hot.
  4. If you want a thinner consistency, add water to the pan and stir.
  5. Serve warm with corn tortilla chips.
agave lime margarita

Agave Lime Virgin Margarita

Recipe fromHeart of a Baker

Fancy mocktails are a fun and colorful addition to your festivities. This virgin margarita is made with agave, lime, and sparkling water. Sweet and bubbly, it pairs perfectly with tacos and suitable for the entire family!

Ingredients

3 tbsp agave nectar

2 tbsp water

Juice of 2 limes

Zest of 1 lime

1–2 cups lime flavored sparkling water

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, water, and juice/zest of limes. Divide evenly between two highball glasses and top with ice.
  2. Pour sparkling water over top, until the glass is full.



So there you have it! Three simple ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and tastes of Mexico from the comfort and safety of your home. What’s your favorite Mexican-inspired dish?


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