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10 Must-Try Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to get together and enjoy the company of friends and family while chowing down on favorite noshes. I personally love the Cinco de Mayo time of the year because seasonal fruits and veggies are coming to market (like California Avocados) and you can showcase the freshness through unique recipes and pairings.

From an avocado margarita to avocado and shrimp enchiladas, these 10 must-try recipes can help you make your Cinco de Mayo menu a hit (and don’t think we forgot the guacamole).

10 Must-Try Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Margarita Guacamole


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What goes together better than margaritas and guacamole? Nothing, that’s what! This guacamole gets a zing from lots of lime and orange juice and a real kick from a big splash of tequila.

Guacamole Autentico


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If a classic-style guacamole is more your speed, here’s the real deal: a guacamole recipe so authentic, you can almost hear the Mariachis singing.

Kicked up California Avocado Margarita


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If you prefer to keep your tequila in your glass and out of your guac, this avocado margarita from Dara at CookinCanuck.com is just what you’re looking for. “This avocado margarita may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of standard cocktails,” says Dara. “But let me tell you something… this is one of the best blended margaritas I’ve ever had the pleasure to guzzle down.”

Cinco de Mayo Salad


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With a delicious contrast of flavors and textures, from jicama to watermelon to California Avocado, this easy-to-make and refreshing red, white and green salad is perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Grilled Fajita salad with California Avocados and Serrano Vinaigrette


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This festive fajita salad may be more involved than the traditional caesar or house salad, but relish in the fact that it could serve as the main attraction on any Cinco de Mayo menu and still knock your guests’ sombreros off with flavor. With grilled skirt steak, shrimp or chicken and special recipes for JalapeƱo Butter and Serrano Vinaigrette included, you can customize this recipe specifically to your guests’ flavor profiles or dietary restrictions.

Chipotle Chicken and California Avocado Quesadillas


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Delicious Mexican-inspired quesadillas from renowned chef Mary Sue Milliken. With ingredients like roasted chicken, black beans, green onions and chipotle chiles, your guests will thank you for the deliciousness as they round the serving table for seconds.

California Avocado and Shrimp Enchiladas


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Fresh, homemade enchilada sauce (recipe included) makes these shrimp (or any meat or veggie) enchiladas zesty and flavorful, courtesy of Chef Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos restaurants (NY, NV).

Spicy Pulled Pork Baked Taquitos with Avocado Dipping Sauce


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Set those processed, frozen taquitos aside because making fresh homemade taquitos is easier than you might think! Maximum flavor and spice paired with a creamy California Avocado dipping sauce that complements the heat and cools the palate.

Calimex Bowl


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Celebrate California-style with a twist on the burrito bowl, complete with cilantro lime rice and delicious avocado ranch dressing. You can vary this bowl in hundreds of ways – it’s the dressing that makes the difference!

Fiesta Flag Parfaits


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This award winning, consumer-submitted recipe brings together easy-to-find ingredients in a colorful way that’s perfect for a Cinco de Mayo theme. It’s a make ahead recipe so you can enjoy time with your guests, then wrap up the menu with this refreshing dessert.

BONUS Recipe: Grilled Al Pastor Marinated Yellowtail Tacos with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa & Lime-Marinated California Avocado


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Traditionally Al Pastor style tacos are made with slow cooked pork. In this version we use a yellowtail jack available locally to pair with the ripe California Avocados. The marriage of the traditional accompaniments with a modern twist will surely impress family and friends at any BBQ or dinner party!

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