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cinco de mayo recipe roundup

Did you guys really think I forgot about Cinco de Mayo?

Okay, I kinda did. But did you know that today is also the National Day of Prayer? Can we have a joint Cinco de Mayo + National Day of Prayer party or is that going too far?

I’m not going to lie—I’m not cooking Mexican food tonight. Partly because I’m a rebel, but mostly because I’m going over to a friend’s house for dinner. I am, however, bringing a Mexican dessert. And that, my friends, shall be revealed to you tomorrow (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out!).

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes from around the web!

Ginger Limeade by A Cozy Kitchen (photo by A Cozy Kitchen above)

Avocado, Tomato & Cotija Cheese Salad by Cookin’ Canuck

Fiesta Ceviche by The Little Yellow Kitchen

Rhubarb Margaritas by What’s Gaby Cooking (<— genius. I need two one now)

Black Bean Salad Boats by She Wears Many Hats

Avocado Ice Cream by Two Peas and Their Pod

Creamy Salsa and Black Bean Nachos by Picky-Palate

Vanilla Bean Macarons with Dulce de Leche Buttercream by The Culinary Chronicles

Tipsy de Leche Cheesecake Squares by Bananas for Bourbon

….so to sum everything up, I think I’ll have an avocado, tomato & cotija cheese salad with a side of creamy salsa and black bean nachos topped with fiesta ceviche with a black bean boat on the side. I’ll alternate sipping on rhubarb margaritas and ginger limeade, and then for dessert have a tipsy de leche cheesecake square topped with a vanilla bean macaron and a scoop of avocado ice cream.

What about you?

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  • tiffany
    May 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Jenna do u have recommendation for the best mexican taco/burrito place in sf (preferably the mission)?

    • jenna
      May 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      I’m sorry I really don’t know! I’m not very familiar with all the restaurants in San Francisco and not sure about the Mission.

  • Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen
    May 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Well, your ultimate Cinco de Mayo meal sounds absolutely grand to me. I don’t know that I can top it! Double fisting a margarita and limeade is especially appealing 😉

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome recipe roundup! Can’t wait for the dessert recipe. Have fun tonight!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Great round up, Jenna! Aside from the last one, I had been to all those ladies’ blogs and seen all those great recipes. YUMMMMM!

    Can’t wait to see what you bring. Dessert is where it’s at for me anyway.

    Have fun tonight! 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    That limeade looks so good.

  • The Teenage Taste
    May 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    AHHHH! I love Mexican/Cuban/Spanish food, so I’m loving all the recipe round-ups all over Blog World today. Thanks for sharing, Jenna! 🙂

  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Those recipes sound fab!
    Have fun at your friends’ house:)

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’ll have what you’re having! 🙂

  • Ruth
    May 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Whoop! Bring on the mexican dessert!

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    May 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I made margarita lime bars on a whim and they turned out fantastic! Check them out:

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
    May 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    can’t wait to see the dessert from tonight!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    May 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I love mexican food! yummmo de mayo!

  • Molly
    May 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Oh boy. No tequila for this lady! I’d definitely take some guac though!

  • Shutupandrun
    May 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I think I’ll have some fish tacos with a side of tequila. And whatever dessert you make.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    May 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I’m not eating Mexican tonight either. I celebrated last night with some chili and tortilla chips for dinner!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I’m rebelling, too! That limeade looks phenomenal!

  • Barbara
    May 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Hoping is a new flavor spin on Tres Leches..nums.

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    May 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ole! I love Mexican food 🙂

  • French Heart
    May 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Wow…so good & gorgeous pix. Will adapt that to what was planning for tonight. And was thinking of walking down to the Carmel Mission but just got home & it’s hot & late. But didn’t know National Day of Prayer. So now that I do, I’m going. Thanks!

  • Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen
    May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Totally unrelated – but they now have Tiramisu Ben & Jerry’s… I immediately thought of your cupcakes.

    • Baking 'n' Books
      May 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Whoa – unrelated or not – that totally needs to be known.

      Must. Search. For B&J’s…

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    May 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    whatever is in that first picture… i want it as my dinner.

  • Joelle
    May 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I will soon definitely try making the avocado, cheese, and tomato salad…the hearty fats in that recipe sound wonderful. I’ll divide it by 3 to make one serving. With tortilla chips, pita chips, or some fluffy pita bread, it will make for a nice appetizer.

  • Karen
    May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    This is completely off topic, Jenna, but I’ve been wondering:
    Are we going to be getting our Summer Reading List soon?!

    • jenna
      May 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      oh! I wasn’t sure if anyone was still interested but I would love to post another reading list! Thank you so much for reminding/asking me!

      • Karen
        May 6, 2011 at 5:16 am

        Please, please, please…I have such fond memories of reading some all-time great books last summer based on your recommendations. I never would have branched out from my usual nonfiction genre niche if it hadn’t been for your hammock reading inspiration!

  • Shayla
    May 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Jenna! This is off topic but I came across a swimsuit website that designs retro swimwear…..I totally thought of you in regards to that one post you did. Here’s the website:

  • Lu @ A Mix of it All
    May 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I remembered Cinco de Mayo when I realized it would be the one day that it would be ok for me to have a margarita at lunch. Technically, it would have been required. Right?

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I didn’t realize it was national prayer day! Haha, a joint celebration is a must 😉 Great idea! Oh, and love the Rhubarb Margarita’s – sound soooo delish!


  • Jolene (
    May 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I made your pot of Cuban black beans yesterday, and then the chili today (that you had posted a while back)! Both were great!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    May 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I could eat black beans all day every day.

  • khushboo
    May 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

    My cinco de mayo celebrations continued into today’s lunch: gotta love leftovers 😉

  • Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews
    May 6, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for the shout-out to the National Day of Prayer–got completely overlooked, of course. I made bourbon-mango pulled pork (I’m a rebel too), but I had a beer after dinner, you know, because it was Cinco de Mayo afterall! 🙂

  • Maria
    May 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for linking to my Avocado Ice Cream. I think I need a scoop now:)

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    May 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    All of these recipes look so delicious! Especially the avocado ice cream. Yum. Thanks for including me. xo