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Get Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials at these restaurants

Despite the fact that Cinco de Mayo commemorates a Mexican military victory over France, for whatever reason the holiday has taken hold in America. This Saturday marks the annual fiesta, so be on the look-out for deals on delicious south-of-the-boarder indulgences like tasty tacos and crisp, yellow lagers. Here are a few deals you can snag on May 5: Applebee’s Whether it’s beer or tequila, Applebee’s has something to offer. The Dollarita — that is, a $1 margarita — will be available through May 5. Plus Dos Equis will be on special for $2. Bahama Breeze Score a Classic Margarita for just $5 between April 29 and May 5. California Pizza Kitchen It might not serve Mexican food, but CPK wants to be part of the party, too! Stop by on May 5 and order an Agave Lime Margarita for just $5. Chipotle Use the DoorDash app at any participating…

Easy Chicken Enchiladas are ready to party

You’ll look forward to making this easy enchilada recipe almost as much as you’ll look forward to eating it. It’s so simple yet full of that delicious Mexican flavor you crave. And you don’t have to go to a restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. Whip these up for authentic flavor on May 5 or any night of the year. Easy Chicken Enchiladas Ingredients 3-4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I use cooked rotisserie chicken as a time saver) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 teaspoons olive oil 3/4 – 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1 large can enchilada sauce (Dos Amantes has great flavor) 3 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend preferred) 8-12 flour tortillas Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 2 tsps of olive oil. Simmer the onions and cook until soft. Stir often. Combine the chicken and the onions in the pan. Stir until combined. Pour about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce…

Easy, vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl

This dish is chockfull of so many delicious flavors. From its black beans and jalapeños to the green chilis and cumin, it’s a fun Mexican dish with a twist. It has a hint of heat and a bit of tanginess from the lime, too. It’s a great healthy alternative to taco salad. The quinoa makes this dish so filling, and the cumin and beans makes it so satisfying, you’ll never even notice meat is missing. You could even serve this mix on a bed of fresh greens for extra nutrition. vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl Serves: about 6 Ingredients 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinse and drained 1 cup corn kernels, canned or frozen 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 can (4.5 oz), diced green chilis 1 small jalapeño, minced 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt + a pinch 1/4 tsp pepper 1 lime, quartered…

20 margarita recipes to make right now

A classic cocktail that needs to introduction. Try these twists on the basic lime blend — because one is only better than the next. Pink Lemonade Margarita  BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS FOR A CROWD pineapple coconut margarita WATERMELON & BASIL MARGARITA Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas Sunset Margarita (Mango Pineapple Margarita) Champagne Lemonade Margaritas Fresh Peach Margaritas SPICY PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS Margarita Moscow Mules Best Blue Margarita Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño Margarita JACK’S ULTIMATE FROZEN MARGARITAS Skinny Sparkling Cherry Margarita POMEGRANATE MARGARITA RECIPE SILVER CADILLAC MARGARITA LAVENDER MARGARITA Raspberry Mango Margaritas Prickly Pear Margarita rosemary ginger margaritas

Where to eat or drink for free on Cinco de Mayo

It’s almost that time. Friday. Happy Hour. Cinco de Mayo. If you still don’t know where you’re headed, check out this list and scoop up some freebies on your way home or on your way out. Because one can never have too many tacos. #bajafreshtacos A post shared by Anthony Castro (@siinalooa100) on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:17pm PDT Baja Fresh Join Club Baja, the company’s rewards program and get rewarded with a free taco. It’s #NationalChipAndDipDay. Come on in, the water is salsa! A post shared by Chevys Fresh Mex (@chevysfreshmex) on Mar 23, 2017 at 9:56am PDT Chevy’s Fresh Mex Compadres Club members will get a free appetizer — feel free to sign up today! Most locations also have a daily happy hour so you can scoop up some margaritas for around $4. Did you know we have Thursday Taco nights? Get 3 Grilled Chicken Tacos for…

Cinco de Mayo must-have recipes

The impact Mexican culture has had on the American culinary experience is undeniable.  Tacos, burritos, salsa, tortillas — they’re become mainstays in our diets. With millennials leading the way, Americans are now more adventurous in their food selections than ever before. According to market research organization Mintel, 25 percent of those who have developed a taste for an ethnic cuisine, have done so because they live in diverse neighborhoods where the flavors are readily available. Other reasons include inspiration from cookbooks, TV cooking shows and discovering flavors when traveling. The report also stated that Americans are more comfortable trying new recipes at home than they would be with a chef preparing them in a kitchen. To celebrate shared culture, country and food with our southern neighbors, here are four simple recipes to help keep your Cinco de Mayo fiesta a tasty, homegrown affair. FRESH SALSA Ingredients 14 ounce can stewed tomatoes (lightly drained) 1 small white…

History of Mexican Salsa

Salsa has been around for thousands of years. Its history can be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas who used various combinations of chilies, tomatoes and other spices as a type of condiment atop turkey, venison, lobster and fish to give their food more flavor. Salsa didn’t spread outside of Central American cuisine until the Spaniards arrived and conquered Mexico — between 1519 and 1921. Even then, the tomato-based condiment didn’t have a commonplace name. It wasn’t until 50 years later, in 1571, that a Spanish priest, missionary, and grammarian gave it the simple name salsa. Directly translated from Spanish, “salsa” simply means “sauce.” Today, salsa is a mix of Old World and New World ingredients. The tomatoes, tomatillos, and chillies are native to the Western Hemisphere, while many of the added spices such as onions and garlic have Old World origins. An increase in the popularity of spicy foods…

Homemade horchata adds authenticity to your Cinco de Mayo feast

In the Southwest, horchata is sold in convenience stores right alongside Coca-a-Cola. It’s sold in strip malls, Mexican taquerias and even makes a regular appearance at simple family gatherings. But I must admit, growing up in the Northeast, I was too long sheltered from the taste of this sweet, cinnamon-laden Mexican rice milk. I now order the creamy, cinnamon bespeckled beverage every chance I get, and rarely have I had a Northern friend in my presence who has tried it before. I encourage them to take a taste, and they are instantly hooked. Here’s my recipe for homemade horchata because sometimes in the Northeast, it’s just too long before you can find the good stuff. Double (or triple!) the recipe, and serve this up at your Cinco de Mayo feast for a taste of authenticity. Horchata Serves 6 Ingredients 1 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 2 cinnamon sticks 4 cups water, divided evenly in 2 2 cups milk (I…