Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) honors the Mexican victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a widespread recognition of Mexican culture and heritage celebrated with vibrant colors, parades and festive events and fantastic Mexican food. And this year, the holiday falls on a Sunday (perfect for planning a fiesta!)
Whether you're a fan of the Crock-Pot or recently purchased an Instant Pot, you can use the slow cooker to make some mouth-watering Cinco de Mayo dishes. Pro tip: Aldi, Trader Joe's, Costco and Amazon are among the most affordable grocery stores and websites to stock up on the necessary ingredients.
Here are some of my fave Cinco de Mayo recipes to get you inspired for making a homemade fiesta:
Carne asada tacos
Tacos are a must - no matter the filling. This recipe from Half Baked Harvest chose carne asada, using the slow cooker for a moist, tender and flavorful result. While the meat is cooking, prepare the somewhat unusual but totally delectable taco toppers: Mexican fries, known formally as papas fritas.
Gather the chicken, enchilada sauce, onion, green chilies, tortillas and Monterey Jack cheese, then follow this delicious chicken enchiladas recipe from Add a Pinch. The slow cooker will make it easy to shred the chicken for ideal placement inside the tortillas. (Keep in mind that after about 12 hours of slow cooking the chicken, you'll still need about 30 minutes to prepare and bake the enchiladas.)
Make a beloved Mexican stew with this pork pozole recipe courtesy of Taste of Home. Simply add the pork, hominy, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, carrots, onion, garlic, cumin and salt to your slow cooker, and let the magic machine do all the work.
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This warm and hearty soup recipe from Crock-Pot Ladies combines all your favorite taco seasoning and flavors: beef, onions, beans, corn, tomatoes and green chilies. Start the meat off in a pan and then add it to slow cooker with the other ingredients. Cook on low for six to eight hours, and then switch to high for the final three or four. Last up: Top with shredded cheese and fresh green onions.
It isn't a fiesta without the tortilla chip's favorite dip. Food Network serves up a slow-cooker queso recipe that just calls for cheese, milk and cumin. Your delicious queso should be ready in about an hour and a half.
For a sweet finishing touch, try whipping up some Cinco de Mayo desserts in your slow cooker as well. This caramel flan recipe from Crock-Pot Ladies helps make a dessert that seems difficult an easy endeavor. Bonus: This flan is gluten-free and vegetarian diet friendly.
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