MY TOP FIVE CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES

Happy Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May... today celebrates the American holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. That's right- it is primarily an American tradition and one we celebrate with mucho gusto...  the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world happens in Los Angeles, in fact.

If you're celebrating at home, here are a few of my favorite recipes, just right for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you want a little South of the Border flavor. Make sure to scroll all the way down for my Taco Bar and Margarita Bar how-to!

TOP FIVE CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES

Slow Roasted Chipotle Pork is so easy and so good, it will become your favorite go-to when you want to entertain. Photo: Arden Photography Plating by Earthborn Pottery.

Slow Roasted Chipotle Pork is so easy and so good, it will become your favorite go-to when you want to entertain. Photo: Arden Photography Plating by Earthborn Pottery.

SLOW ROASTED CHIPOTLE PORK: This dish is very similar to a Mexican favorite called Carnitas. I simply roast the pork until it falls apart to use for tacos or sandwiches.  Get the recipe...

My recipe for Traditional Margaritas or Pomegranate Margaritas includes a large quantity version for big batch cocktails.

My recipe for Traditional Margaritas or Pomegranate Margaritas includes a large quantity version for big batch cocktails.

TRADITIONAL MARGARITAS: If you've never had a homemade margarita, try my recipe. It is so much better than any mix you might find and far fewer calories, too! Get the recipe...

POMEGRANATE MARGARITAS: Are so much better than a traditional margarita to me... but oh-so dangerous because they go down way too easy. Get the recipe...

My Pineapple Tomato Salsa is really one of my favorite recipes: put it on grilled fish, braised pork or chicken. Soooo good! Photo: Arden Photography Plating: Earthborn Pottery

My Pineapple Tomato Salsa is really one of my favorite recipes: put it on grilled fish, braised pork or chicken. Soooo good! Photo: Arden Photography Plating: Earthborn Pottery

PINEAPPLE TOMATO SALSA: I could eat this on just about anything! It is the perfect companion for spicy grilled fish or slow cooked chipotle pork. Get the recipe...

This salsa recipe will become your favorite for fast and easy summer entertaining. Add a cold beer and something off the grill and you're done.

This salsa recipe will become your favorite for fast and easy summer entertaining. Add a cold beer and something off the grill and you're done.

SPEEDY FOOD PROCESSOR SALSA: A few staples and pantry ingredients along with a food processor and you've got a quick and delicious salsa in a matter of moments. Get the recipe...

Want some Cinco de Mayo party ideas? Try one of these!

MAKE A TACO BAR: One of the easiest ways to entertain is to let folks make their own favorite taco. Set up the counter with some options for fillings and let them go!

Set up a taco bar at home with lots of toppings and condiments. It is one of the easiest entertaining solutions ever- and delicious, too!

Set up a taco bar at home with lots of toppings and condiments. It is one of the easiest entertaining solutions ever- and delicious, too!

Easy and fun: make a Margarita station with fresh fruit and a rimming station.

Easy and fun: make a Margarita station with fresh fruit and a rimming station.

HAPPY HOUR AT HOME WITH FRESH FRUIT MARGARITAS: Get the how to... fresh fruit allows guests to mix and match to make their own favorite. Rims include salt, salt and chipotle, sugar, and my favorite, a salt and sugar combo.