Mexican Fiesta

Cindo de mayo

Even though it wasn’t Mexico’s independence day, it was still a day to celebrate! Although I love all cuisines, Mexican food is rated highly on the top of the list. I also can’t live without margaritas. Needless to say, I love this holiday. We also celebrated my new venture in the online world, hello @dietitian_thyme, spankin’ new website, and new job!

On Saturday, I went on a cooking spree and whipped up some delicious Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo. Everything was homemade, delicious, and healthy. It brought me back to my Western roots for a hot second. Being from Arizona, Mexican food is a stable food in our diets. We eat, breathe, and sleep Mexican food. I took it for granted when I lived in Arizona for 22 years. Now, living on the East Coast for almost 10 years, I yearn for it all the time. 

These recipes were perfect for our holiday party, but they also work well for a meal and snack for you and your family. Don’t forget! Pin the recipe to your board to save for later! You know you’ll need it.

Now, let’s talk food.

The first recipe was shrimp cocktail, which can be used as a side and small bite or main meal. It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but the meal prep was quick. If you’re like me, you’ll want to add a bit more cilantro, red onion, and lots of avocado for the taste and texture. I’m salivating just writing this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

shrimp cocktail

Ingredients:

1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 tablespoon butter (my favorite 100% pure butter)

4 tablespoons lime juice

1 cup of diced red onion

1/2 cup tomato puree

1/2 cup ketchup (I love this brand)

4 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 grilled jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced

1 finely chopped tomato

1 tablespoon horseradish

1/2 teaspoon salt

optional: diced avocado for garnish, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Using a medium size pan over medium heat, cook shrimp in 1 tablespoon of butter. Add a pinch size of salt over shrimp. Once slightly pink, 3-5 minutes, set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix together lime juice, onion, tomato paste, ketchup, cilantro, orange juice, jalapeno, either water or tomato, horseradish, and salt.

3. Cut cooked shrimp in thirds and mix into sauce. Garnish with avocado. Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Equally important, I decided to make my own tortilla chips this year. If you’re feeling adventurous, tortilla chips are easy to make. Plus, you can add any seasoning you want, but my favorite is a mixture of cumin, salt, and chili powder. This recipe was definitely easy to make, but keep a close eye on those chips while they bake. Those chips can burn! 

tortilla chips

Ingredients:

1 package of corn tortillas

vegetable oil

1:1 mixture of cumin, salt, chili powder

1 lime

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut tortillas into 7-triangles.

2. Brush oil on each tortilla chip. Sprinkle a pinch-size of mixture on each tortilla chip.

3. Squeeze a few lime drops on each tortilla chip.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.

mexican street corn

Oh my gosh. Without Mexican street corn, I don’t know if my love for corn would be as strong. This is easy to make and trust me, it will be a hit for any dinner table. It’s a little messy to eat, but just embrace it. If possible, I highly recommend grilling the corn. 

Ingredients:

4 corn ears, grilled

1 cup mayo (my favorite is the classic)

1 cup crumbled cotija cheese

1 freshly squeezed lime

1 tablespoon chili powder

Instructions:
1. In a medium bowl, mix mayo, cheese, lime, and chili powder. Set aside.

2. Spread cheese mixture onto grilled corn. Serve immediately

house margarita

In addition, my husband and I couldn’t eat Mexican food without our perfect pair of tequila. I’m talking margaritas. This recipe was perfected by my husband. I recommend purchasing between middle and higher-end tequila if possible, the taste does make a difference.

Ingredients:

1 shot freshly squeezed lime juice

1 shot of tequila

1 shot of orange liquor

1 tablespoon of simple syrup or agave

1 cup of ice

Instructions:
1. Using a cocktail shaker, add ice, lime juice, tequila, orange liquor, and simple syrup. Shake.

2. Pour over ice. Serve immediately.

These are my favorite Mexican dishes. Share the love! Pin the picture if you love it!

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