Cinco de Mayo ~ Latin Favorites!

If there’s one thing we love around here it’s Latin Food.  Well, that and chocolate food.  And food with bacon in it.  And melty cheese.  And garlic.  And garlicky melty cheese with bacon on top.  And strawberries, sunshine, puppies, fresh washed laundry, soft sugar cookies, new shoes, Diet Coke, M&M’s, and world peace.

But seriously, Latin food is way up there on the list.

So in honor of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, I thought I’d post a bunch of our favorites. Ole!

I’ve linked all of the photos in this post- so click the photos to see the recipes!

Also, in case you didn’t know this.  And I know there are people out there who don’t, because I went through much of my adult life without knowing this and my world changed one rainy day when my husband showed me.  (That’s how much it changed my life, I remember it was raining.)  You know when you’re going through blog posts, or browsing clothes on-line, or whatever, and you want to keep clicking on links but then you have to click the back button to get back to the original page and it’s super annoying?  Just put your cursor right on the link (or on the pictures below) and click the little roller-ball thing in the middle of the mouse.  It will automatically open the link up in a new tab.  You can keep on, keepin’ on and clickity-click to your heart’s content without leaving the page you’re on.  Then when you’re done you can go look at all of the fun tabs you just opened.  Got it?  I know that had to help at least one soul out there- admit it.  Okay, here we go.

Chicken or Steak Fajitas.
Seriously if I had to eat one meal every day for the rest of my life, it would be this.

Virgin Mojitos (or Lime-Mint Spritzers)
Make it just to say the name.  Mojito. It’s fun.

Mango Pico de Gallo
Sweet, salty, tart, juicy, all in one bite.

Southwest Pasta Salad
This is an awesome twist on a traditional pasta salad.  It’s always popular when I take it to potlucks and it’s a terrific make-ahead recipe.

Mexican Corn on the Cob {Aka: Elote}
oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh.  So good.
Also, there’s a picture of my “baby” in that post.  He just celebrated his 3rd birthday this week and the pictures in this post make me teary!

Homemade Tortillas
If you’ve never made homemade tortillas, Cinco de Mayo is the day to do it!

Easy Black Beans
This might be the thing that I eat the very most in my house.  Love.

Chipotle Beef Taquitos
Our Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos seem to get all the love around here.  Seriously, you people are crazy in love with those (not that I blame you.  They’re fantastic.)  But these beef ones are pretty stinkin’ awesome too.  Try them out!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos
Beer battered fried fish in a home-fried tortilla.  Need I say more?

Beef Tacos
Like, real beef tacos.  Amazingly good.

Taco Soup
Easy.  Convenient.  Healthy.  Comforting.  Delicious!

Grilled Fish Tacos
I don’t even like seafood (like, at ALL) and this makes me want to eat a fish taco.  Probably because it’s slathered in one of the best dressings ever.  And if *I* want to eat it, you people who actually like seafood will go crazy for these!

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Try it on, well, anything!

Check out the Latin section in our index for even more south-of-the-border deliciousness- including even a few treats!

And BOISE peeps!  Are your calendars marked??  This weekend- I want to meet YOU!
Friday night, Deseret Book on Eagle Road in Meridian.  5-7 pm
Saturday afternoon, Nampa Costco 12 noon-1:30
(Just so you know Costco has suuuper cute MikaRose dresses right now!)


  1. Oh my goodness. The rollerball clicking *is* life changing news. I always right click & open up a bunch of tabs but this is so much easier. And I hate it when blogs/sites disable right clicking & thwart me! Hopefully this will work around that to open tabs.

    I recently taught my husband about scrolling down a page by hitting the space bar. Hopefully that little gem will help someone else out 😉

  2. Hey great post! I didn’t know about the roller clikie thingie! Love your blog ladies. Everything looks so delicious. I tried the recipe for the Dinner rolls and they were absolutely delicious and fluffy! definately a winner

  3. This is so insanely crazy… you see just YESTERDAY I was craving latino food! Like it was all I could think about. So I whipped up a batch of your mango pico de gallo even though I didn’t have fresh cilantro or jalepenos and ate the ENTIRE recipe myself. I know… (hangs head in shame) but I did leave my husband the pit with LOTS of flesh on it! So when evening rolled around and we left to run errands (we only drive places when he have a bunch of places to go since gas is $4.29 a gallon now!) I added the ingredients to make more mango pico de gallo, picked up reduced for quick sale limes (to throw in the freezer so we have them on hand) and a ton of other ingredients! Tomorrow and Fridays menu… mango pico de gallo, (I just love that name! beak of the rooster! kinda like cucaracha… the cockroach!), beef taquitos, mojitos (non-alco), beans and rice, REAL beef tacos, enchiladas, and sopapillas (sorry new mexican/navajo cuisine)! I ‘m hungry already!

  4. You two are girls have gotten my heart with strawberries, lime and cilantro. I made strawberry sauce last weekend. Oh my goodness. I will definitely be trying the lime/cilantro vinegrette dressing. Fajitas are a staple food around this house. I will try making tortillas too.

  5. I don’t see this recipe here or in your Latin section, but I tried it last night, loved it, and think it belongs: the creamy lime-cilantro dressing at . I served it over romaine, baby spinach, corn, black beans, tomatoes, green onions, diced grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, avocado, and shredded cheddar (you have a similar southwest cobb salad post, but i just used what I had on hand!)

    It was so good that I made up two more salads and packed them for lunch today: one for me and one for my coworker! 🙂 Thank you!!!!

  6. I love the Beer-battered fish tacos with mango pico de gallo and cilantro lime dressing. Add cotija and some shredded cabbage and that is heaven to me! I’ve been craving it like mad all through this pregnancy!

  7. I love Mexican food (well, it’s probably closer to Tex-Mex, haha), it’s a comfort food for me. Somehow, I missed your recipe for homemade tortillas… I’m going to check it out. 🙂

  8. Man! I wish this website had a “Jetson” feature! Then I could click on each one of those Cinco de Mayo recipes and have it made and delivered through my computer!
    Everything looks so delish!

  9. So, I consider myself pretty computer literate since my I have a degree in business education (which includes teaching computer applications) but I am mostly embarrassed to say that I didn’t know about the roller ball thingy!

    Not completely embarrassed because that is so awesome especially since the new IE I have doesn’t seem to have the drop down arrow on the back button that lets me choose which page I want to go back to.

    You girls are awesome! You had me at Diet Coke. You had me at Diet Coke. 😉

  10. Hey, I didn’t know that about the roller ball! (Although mine doesn’t click very well, probably from disuse.) The fajitas are awesome! I made them last week and they have surpassed our old fajita recipe from Cook’s Illustrated!!

  11. Mmmm, I’ve been looking at fish taco recipes, all week, I’m not sure I can wait until tomorrow to eat one. But now taquitos are looking pretty darn good too….

  12. The roller-ball click trick has now changed my life! Seriously, thanks for sharing–who knew such a thing existed? So excited for a reason to make copious amounts of latin food tomorrow!

  13. so many of my favorite recipes! 🙂

    just wanted to say i’m really bummed i won’t be able to make EITHER book signing!!! i LOVE you guys and i was so excited to meet you sara! Hope the signings go well!
    🙂 another boise sara

  14. Just what I was looking for, Thank you! Now what to choose, I want to make them all 🙂 I will for sure be trying the virgin mojitos!!

  15. CTRL+Left Clicking will also open up a window in a new tap for those with a laptop. (My right button doesn’t always work, so this is handy for me.)

    And: Curse you for posting the corn recipe!! It’ll be WEEKS before I can get good fresh corn.

  16. Not one, but TWO computer tricks I did not know! Thanks for the page down scroll space-bar thing, Tiffany (I know, I use such technical terms for everything)! Sara, your baby (back when he really was a baby) is so cute chomping on that corn cob. SO cute! I counted how many of these recipes have cilantro in them. You can add most of them to your “next” cookbook (love that inside joke!).

  17. While we’re talking about recipes that feature cilantro, what are your thoughts on using dried cilantro? Obviously fresh is always better, but it’s just me and my husband at home, and as crazy as it sounds, I often find that even when I make something that requires cilantro nearly every day, at least a quarter of the cilantro goes bad before I get around to using it. Should I just plan ahead better and share some cilantro love with some friends so it doesn’t go bad before I use it?

    1. You know, I sub dried herbs all the time for fresh, but cilantro is one I just don’t because I don’t feel like dried cilantro leaves have much flavor at all. If anything, I might add some coriander because it comes from the same plant but the flavor is a little different. I just buy cilantro on every grocery trip and don’t worry about tossing it when it’s bad because it’s so cheap!

  18. Thank you, THANK YOU! Last night I grilled chicken that was marinated in your cilantro lime vinaigrette, threw together a southwestern salad topped with your creamy cilantro lime dressing, and made your black beans! What was the motivation for whipping up three of your recipes in such a hurry…? I was hosting my book club and didn’t even think of the menu until the morning of (having three kids under three will do that!). As I was googling Cinco de Mayo recipes and becoming overwhelmed (the house needed to be cleaned too), I remembered two busy mommies with a flare for fabulous food (YOU!). Thank you for saving dinner, everyone raved! I am sure this won’t be the only time.

  19. What is the trick to printing these recipes without copying and pasting? I looked all over for a print icon and clicked on your site a couple different routes, but still don’t see a way to print. What am I missing?

    1. We just removed our PrintFriendly feature because we have a new print feature that you’ll see in our newer posts. We’re working right now on formatting all of the recipes on our site so they’ll be print ready. It just takes a little time! For right now, you’ll have to copy and paste older recipes.

  20. The recipes look great but I actually wanted to thank you for the tip about right clicking on the link. Who knew? LOL You just changed one life! 😉

  21. I clicked on the picture of Easy Black Beans, but there was no link to a recipe… I couldn’t find them on your site’s recipe index either. What am I doing wrong?

  22. Okay Sara, you totally made my day with that cool mouse trick! I’m always annoyed when I have to keep clicking and opening up new pages and then I have to go back and back and back…’til I find the page I’m on. Very annoying! lol ;P And this post is right up my alley. I LOVE all Latin/Mexican food ideas! Bring. It. On! 🙂

  23. So I usually just right click and hit the “open in new tab” thing, but the roller button click thing is so much easier and more fun! Thanks for changing my web surfing life…not that that is all I do or anything, but it changed my life. Oh, and the commenter who mentioned the space bar trick…who knew? Love your blog. Thanks!

  24. Holy Cow! Wonderful site, wonderful recipes…but how cool is that click the middle button to open a new tab tip! I went clicking away just to see it work over, and over, and over again. Thanks a million!

  25. Tonight I threw together your black beans as well as your pico de gallo AND mango pico de gallo. Oh SO Yummy!!!! The black beans may just become a staple in my diet. We loved the flavor! Can’t wait to make them again. (Do you think tomorrow is too soon?) 🙂

  26. Bought your cook book about a month ago and I LOOOOVE it! Thanks for posting all these Cinco de Mayo recipes. We made enchiladas tonight with homemade tortillas and the mexican style shredded pork -they were fantastic! Can’t wait to try some of the other ones next year! We made a pinata too. I think this will definitely be a yearly tradition.

  27. Made the tortillas last night and they were great and easy to make! I just wish I could get them to be more perfectly round. Any suggestions on how to do that? Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

    1. Amelia, when I do it, I roll them out into a circle, and then place an upside-down bowl on top and cut around it with a sharp knife. They turn out pretty perfectly round!

  28. Oh my, this post is making me hungry! You can bet I’ll be off to the store tomorrow to pick up some ingredients. Thanks!

  29. Here is my most recent quest: find a way to keep corn tortillas moist when serving traditional mexican tacos… and ideas?

  30. I have been using your roller-ball tip since I read this post at the beginning of the month–Life changing!!! My husband always teases me because I have 20-30 tabs open that I finally get around to reading each night. Now I can open links so much faster without right clicking. Who woulda thought?! Thanks!! BTW Love all your Latin foods!

  31. hii i like your blog i have to say something i am a mexican women and i can tell you that the tortilla of a taco is supposed to be smooth not crisp if it is crisp then it is just like a tostada and is really different it is just an advice i hope you dont take it in a wrong way .
    but any way you tried it very well by doing mexican food but i have to say is not real mexican food .
    sorry for the bad english .

  32. Holy wow! These are some delicious looking recipes! Our family’s favorite food to eat is Mexican or Tex/Mex. I just made those chipotle beef taquitos and they loved them! I will be saving all of these recipes for later. I bet we eat them all 🙂

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