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5 Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Few are the holidays I don’t get excited about — especially when food is involved. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that’s actually more widely observed here in the U.S. than it is in Mexico. Making something special with your kids to commemorate it is a great opportunity to teach them about Mexican culture as well as get them involved in the kitchen. For this year’s Cinco de Mayo, I’m preparing a festive dinner for my family that is full of not only fun and kid-friendly dishes, but also full of nutrition and foods you’ll feel good about serving to your family! View the slideshow for festive Cinco de Mayo recipes! For more inspiration, check out my Mexican Fiesta meal plan!


  • Mexican Rice Balls 1 of 5
    Mexican Rice Balls
    OK, so you didn't watch my video on how to cook perfect brown rice and now you've got a batch of sticky rice and don't know what to do with it. Say hello to your new best friend Mexican Rice Balls. They fit perfectly in little hands and feature a chunk of gooey cheese the center which is like a surprise in every bite. Make these ahead of time, put them in the fridge, and just pop a few in the microwave or a steamer whenever you hear grumbling tummies in your house.
  • Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans 2 of 5
    Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans
    Cooking fresh beans has never been easier than with a pressure cooker. Just dump in all of the ingredients, lock the lid, and 40 minutes later, with a whistle as loud as a freight train and a beautiful geyser of steam billowing from the spout, your beans are done and taste as superior as the best ones you've ever had.
  • Enchiladas 3 of 5
    Enchiladas
    I've become the (self-proclaimed) queen of doubling recipes and freezing them for easy dinners. And these enchiladas are a perfect candidate for doing just that. No matter if you're cooking for 2 or 12, there's nothing easier then pulling these out of the icebox, popping them into the oven and, 30 minutes later, enjoying warm tortillas filled with chicken, veggies and tons of gooey cheese.
  • Southwestern Salad 4 of 5
    Southwestern Salad
    Recently, I threw a baby shower for a dear friend and served this Southwestern Salad to go along with the Mexican inspired menu. While I was tossing it, my pregnant friend watched in shock as Chloe kept trying to snag handfuls out of the bowl and stuff them in her mouth. I've come to realize that if you just start to serve your kids salad day after day, eventually they will come to love it. Especially when it features all kinds of crispy, sweet vegetables like this one.
  • Horchata 5 of 5
    Horchata
    There are different varieties of horchatas from Spain to Latin America, but the inspiration for this one comes from Mexico, where rice is used as the base for the drink. Even though this drink looks just like a cup of milk, it's not made using any milk at all. The whitish tan color comes from the starch of the rice that gets ground, strained and mixed with the other ingredients. My recipe is a bit different because it contains a lot less sugar then most pre-made horchatas, but it's still unbelievably delicious. Instead of white sugar I let the kids squeeze in some honey or agave until we think the flavor is just right. They also have fun getting to toss the cinnamon stick in the blender.

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