Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become a festive event in the American culture. Though the celebration originated in the state of Puebla in Mexico, through immigration and the natural assimilation of cultural values, the U.S. has adopted the festive holiday as a day to celebration. In Mexico they referred to May 5th as “El día de la batalla de Puebla“. Often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in observation of the country’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo can be a lot of fun, without hurting your budget. Below are some easy to make Cinco de Mayo recipes to help you have a Mexican fiesta for your family lunch.
Refried beans are a staple to traditional Mexican food. This quick and easy to make Cinco de Mayo recipe will help you enjoy the culture and not affect your budget. All you need is 15 minutes for total time and a small set of groceries. You could even use this as a dip and serve it with tortilla chips.
- 1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably spicy
- 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed
- 1/2 cup prepared salsa
- 2/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- 4 scallions, sliced
- Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
- Combine refried beans, pinto beans, salsa and 1/3 cup cheese in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon the bean mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese and scallions. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
Lime Jalapeno Chicken
If you’re looking to add some protein to your table and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this is another healthy and easy to make Cinco de Mayo recipe for you to try! It’ll take a little longer than the refried beans to make, but it is a great healthy alternative for you and your family.
- 1/4 cup lime juice, (about 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, tenders removed
- Whisk lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Stir in jalapeno. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over it, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once, or overnight.
- Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool slightly; thinly slice crosswise. Serve warm or chilled.
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