Turn Up the Heat With 5 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican Independence Day like many believe, it’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s defeat of French forces in the Battle of Puebla. That tiny town may get the shaft when it comes time to raise a glass every May 5, but world travelers hail it as the foodie capital of Mexico. Jet-setting to Puebla for an authentic celebration may be out of the question (though a worthy bucket-list item), so we’re bringing the party to your kitchen with these fiveĀ Cinco de Mayo recipes from some of our favorite chefs and mixologists.

Casa del Fuego

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Bursting with fruity flavors and of course tequila, this Del Fuego concoction is festive and delicious. image: del fuego

Toast to Puebla and warmer weather with this fruity crafted cocktail being served at Del Fuego on May 5. Get the recipe.

Yucateco Guacamole

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Tocolo Cantina’s Yucateco Guacamole is a crowd pleaser at the Garden City restaurant and can be in your living room too. image: tocolo cantina

Tocolo Cantina’s Yucateco Guacamole is tangy and spice and oh-so-nice thanks to mangos, Habanero Chile, bell peppers and cilantro. It’s made the Garden City restaurant a Long Island hotspot. Make it for friends and family this Cinco de Mayo and don’t be surprised if your kitchen becomes all the rage. Get the recipe.

Mole Pablano


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Mole is a dish that signifies celebration throughout Mexico, and this entreeĀ from Cabo Restaurant in Rockville Centre pairs so perfectly with La Revolucion Cabo it’ll likely set off a celebration in your dining room. Get the recipe.

La Revolucion Cabo

Toast to the revolution with a special sipper from Cabo image: cabo restaurant

Toast to the revolution with a special sipper from Cabo. image: cabo restaurant

Join the Revolution this Cinco de Mayo with a cocktail bursting with flavors. Cabo Restaurant in Rockville Centre has created a celebratory sipper using Tanteo jalapeno infused tequila, which adds the same fiery spice the Mexican forces used to defeat the French in the Battle of Puebla, and fresh cucumber as a nod to the new outlook the victory gave the country. Get the recipe.

DIY Taco Bar

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A DIY taco bar is a fun, festive choice for Cinco de Mayo. image: rustic white photography

With unlimited possibilities for proteins and veggies guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters and the ability to do the bulk of the prep-work the night before, a DIY taco bar is an easy choice for Cinco de Mayo entertaining. Let Waiting on Martha show you how it’s done. Get the recipe.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.