While it has only been a few months since my blog focus went from “healthy global” to “healthyish Latin,” this border girl has always had a passion for Mexican and Mexican-inspired food! There is no shortage of the typical (and delicious) standard Mexican fare in the blogosphere, so I thought it would be fun to bring you some of my more creative and unique Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo menu planning.
I have included cocktails (obviously not healthy – LOL), but hey, it’s party time right? Of course the cocktails are based on agave spirits – tequila and its lesser-known sister mezcal. Interested in more on agave spirits, see Beyond Tequila: Alternative Agave Spirits To Know…
My salsas are pretty unique, and I typically serve them with baked chips. If you haven’t tried baking tortilla chips, it’s so easy. Spray corn tortillas (they can even be stale ones!) with cooking spray on both sides, and cut them into wedges. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake them for about 10 minutes in a 375° until they begin to brown and crisp. That’s it!
My healthyish unique main dishes range from Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork to Mexican Arroz con Camarones to Mexican Grilled Chicken Hearts with Citrus Marinade. If tacos are your “thing,” you’ll find Lengua Tacos and Fried Oyster Tacos.
If you’re serving a crowd, try my Instant Pot Vegan Borracho Beans. Doesn’t your tasty main dish deserve something more than a can of refried beans?
Yes, this healthy eater does occasionally indulge in desserts (it’s a special occasion treat)! I have included a couple of my favorite Unique Mexican Desserts – Coconut Mango Custard with Candied Pepitas and Blood Orange Margarita Sorbet. Both desserts require planning ahead, but they’re definitely worth the extra effort!
Peruse this collection of Unique Mexican Recipes, and you’re sure to find some inspiration for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, but you’ll want to pin them for later too!
For even more Mexican food inspiration, head over to my “Mexican” category. I’m in the process of fine-tuning my recipes index, and I thought it warranted its own category!