Cinco de Mayo with The Food Gays
Fresh Guacamole and Chips
This fresh, zesty guac is loaded with avocados, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and plenty of fresh lime juice. If you're feeling adventurous (or just plain feisty), try adding a shot of tequila to the mix, too.
Ultimate Veggie Skillet Nachos
Nachos are an easy dish to make, but it's amazing how many restaurants and bars just don't get it right. The key to success? Good quality ingredients, and tortilla chips that are layered with attention to their respective cheese-to-topping ratio. These ultimate skillet nachos are covered in lots of fresh toppings after they've emerged from the oven, which give them a great contrast of hot and cold.
Spicy Turkey and Veggie Tacos
A taco bar is the ultimate casual meal for guests. It's the best of both worlds, if you think about it. You get to prepare an impressive spread of food with very little effort involved, and your guests get to indulge while picking and choosing how they want to dress up their plate. There's way less fuss and worry about covering all your guests personal tastes and preferences, and bonus—tacos just seem to make people happy. This recipe is just for the two of us, but it can easily be scaled up for more.
Jalapeño Basil Lime Frozen Margarita
When we set out to test margarita recipes, we asked ourselve what makes a margarita really great. Beyond enjoying them with friends while basking in plenty of sunshine, the answer was pretty obvious: fresh citrus, quality spirits, and a special complimentary flavor to mix things up. Add a nicely salted rim, and you've got yourself a great cocktail! It's all about that fine balance between sweet, sour and salty, so we thought, why not take it a bit further and throw some heat in the mix?
Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
When we tried elote (Mexican street corn) for the first time, we basically thought we'd died and gone to heaven. Commonly sold by food vendors in the streets of Mexico, it's an utterly addictive way to prepare corn on the cob, roasted over charcoal until charred and smothered in creamy, cheesy goodness. Totally indulgent and simple to prepare, these babies go perfectly with an ice cold beer (and plenty of napkins).
Roasted Mango Salsa Salad
This is a wonderful salad to make at the end of Cinco de Mayo because it will likely clean out your crisper in one fell swoop. We really enjoy the unexpected sweet-spicy combo of mango and jalapenos here, and when roasted they transform this dish completely.