Cinco de Mayo recipe round-up

Mexican- or Southwest-inspired dishes to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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Cheesy chicken enchiladas.

Some people will take any excuse just to throw a party. Have a grass skirt? Throw a Hawaiian luau. Like to wear sombreros? Whip up a fresh batch of guacamole and host a Cinco de Mayo party.

If you are in a festive mood to celebrate this weekend, here are a few Mexican- and Southwest-inspired recipe ideas from the Stir It Up! recipe files.

'Fried' tortillas with lighter guacamole

This is a lighter version of a favorite dish and no one will know the difference.

Shrimp tacos with spring onion salsa

A shrimp taco with a grape tomato, radish, and spring onion salsa made bright with a squeeze of lime. 

Tilapia fish tacos

Tilapia fish tacos pan seared and seasoned with chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and lime juice are topped with cilantro, tomatoes, and green onions for a healthy, flavorful meal.

Mexican steak tacos

Mexican steak tacos with rajas, a traditional Mexican topping made from strips of roasted chiles.

Green chicken chilaquiles

Easy to assemble and delicious.

Cheesy chicken enchiladas

Great for sharing and just as tasty as leftovers.

Creamy hominy bake with green chiles and cheese.

 Try this Southern dish as an unusual side for a Mexican meal.

Tortilla chicken soup

A tasty soup with chipotle peppers to add flavor, heat, and smoke.

Mexican corn and bean soup

A soup flavored with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon.

Southwest chicken salad

Tender chunks of chicken in a spicy dressing, tossed with sweet corn kernels, black beans, and red bell pepper

Mexican corn salad

 Seasoned with mayonnaise, chili powder, crumbled cheese, and lime juice.

Corn and black bean salad

A summer salad with vibrant colors and fresh flavors.

Mexican chocolate cake

Mexican chocolate cake flavored with cinnamon, pepper, and topped with coffee cream.

Kentucky Derby bars

Kentucky Derby bars with chocolate, pecans, cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper over a graham cracker crust.

Key lime pie

A classic dessert for any celebration.

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