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Cinco de Mayo: 20 of the Best Authentic Mexican Recipes

By Mari Hernandez-Tuten |

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You know that familia where the wife spends hours pinning recipes, and then goes and makes Ramen noodles for dinner?  Yep, that’s us.

Actually that’s not a typical day for us, but today that was the case since I was trying to get this collection of recipes together for you.  It was actually depressing to be salivating over these recipes one minute, and then go downstairs to make good ‘ol Ramen.

Honestly, I spent a lot of time on this collection because I want to have this post as a resource for myself in the future, and I wanted to check each recipe to make sure it was an authentic Mexican recipe. I love that I now have these recipes all in one place. Hopefully, this will help you get your Cinco de Mayo week celebrations off to a good start.

As a  Mexican, I feel it’s my duty to let you know what authentic Mexican good eating is. I grew up eating real Mexican food and it wasn’t just tacos or enchiladas that my mom made. There are so many amazing dishes like Mole Poblano made from chocolate and chiles or albondigas stuffed with queso.

mexican hot chocolate

I can taste an authentic Mexican salsa the instant it touches my lips.  How? We usually roast the tomatoes or jalapenos for our salsa. In my humble opinion, that’s the secret to some good salsa. Don’t let titles like, “Authentic Mexican” fool you into thinking you’re making real Mexican food when it’s not and hopefully this collection of recipes will broaden your palate when it comes to Mexican food.

And just for fun, a few other things I feel like it’s my duty as a Mexican to let you in on:

First of all,   I want you to know that “Nachos” is not an authentic Mexican food.

Secondly, I want you to know that there is no such thing as, “speaking Mexican.” We speak Spanish.

Thirdly, I want you to know Taco Bell is not authentic Mexican. Sorry, my college friends but that’s the truth.

Now on to some good eating from mi casa to tu casa. Buen Provecho! Just in case you’re wondering, I checked all the ingredients in the recipes featured below and they are definitely made with authentic Mexican flavor! I wasn’t able to feature some other great recipes like Mole, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Ceviche, pico de gallo… but they are also on my list of must eat Mexican food. Stop by my Pinterest Board: Simple and Good Recipes for more great recipes!

Cinco de Mayo: 20 of the Best Authentic Mexican Recipes

Mexican Hot Chocolate

I had to start with this recipe because it reminds me so much of my childhood. The chilly mountainous evenings of Mexico City call for some delicious hot chocolate with panecitos (bread). This yummy recipe is via Muy Bueno.

What’s your favorite Mexican dish or dessert?

For more Cinco de Mayo fun: 16 Cinco de Mayo Activities and Crafts

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About Mari Hernandez-Tuten


Mari Hernandez-Tuten

Mari Hernandez-Tuten is the creative director and editor of Inspired by Familia, an online magazine where she hopes to inspire you to: Create, Live, Laugh and Cook! She is also a freelance writer, wanna-be Martha Stewart, and painter. She is far from being Martha in every way, but she still aspires to create irresistible recipes, decorate her home with panache, and partake in crafts with her kids. Read bio and latest posts → Read Mari's latest posts →

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