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The Ultimate Fully Loaded Nachos

What does it take to make an incredible plate of bar-style, fully loaded nachos? For starters, at least three kinds of cheese, two kinds of beans, and two different applications of creamy, tangy dairy. It may sound like overkill, but there's a method to this madness. More

Easy Mexican Chorizo Tacos

Fresh homemade Mexican chorizo with warm spices and a vinegary tang is cooked until charred and crisp along with onions, poblano peppers, and smoky chipotles. The mixture gets stuffed into soft warm corn tortillas and topped with salsa verde, cilantro, and a slew of other garnishes. It's one of the simplest and most delicious tacos you can make. More

Charred Tomatillo and Yellow Pepper Salsa

Dried, toasted pasilla chilis are blended with tomatillos and yellow peppers, blistered under a broiler to create a smoky edge for the natural sweetness of the vegetables. Smooth and beautiful in color, this salsa will work great in fish tacos, on roasted or grilled corn, or mixed into rice and beans. More

Grilled Bloody Mary Salsa

Grilling the tomatoes gives the salsa smoky char flavors, boosted by the deep, fermented flavor of the Worcestershire sauce. And like any respectable Bloody Mary, both are mixed with lemon, black pepper, and an excellent source of spice: fresh chile de arbol for a dash of Mexican authenticity. More

10 Sweets for Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

It's that time of year again, folks: Cinco de Mayo is here. Many of us associate this day with tequila and cheap Mexican beer—and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that—but there comes a point when you've got to put down the bottle and sober up with some spicy eats and then, as a finale, some Latin-inflected desserts. From sugar covered wedding cookies to a beautiful coconut tres leche cake, here are 10 options for your holiday table. More

Video: Rick Bayless Makes Sparkling Ginger Margaritas at Serious Eats HQ

We had a swell happy hour recently when Rick Bayless stopped by the Serious Eats office to demonstrate a few recipes from his book Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks. In this video, Rick Bayless and Ed Levine shake up an excellent batch of sparkling ginger margaritas, and Rick gives us a quick education about agave syrup and kaffir lime leaves. More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Mexican Party Food

La semana pasada en nuestro fin de semana de cocinar y contar... oh wait. Last week on our Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we asked all of you to break out the margarita glasses and oversized sombreros, and tell us all about your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. As usual, our cast of cookers and tellers didn't disappoint when it came to down to fiesta time. Here's a look at some the most estupendo responses. More

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasting a set of standard salsa ingredients first may add some time to an otherwise quick process, but it's all for good as the end result retains a freshness while gaining a tomato intensity, some sweetness, and a more mild heat the melds seamlessly throughout. More

Throw a Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo Party!

What happens when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo collide? You might call it Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo, or something far less appropriate*! Big hats, mustaches, horses, and booze are the ingredients for this holiday that only comes once every seven years. (Ok, I don't know if that's true, but it sounds good.) As the resident Spanish speaking Kentuckian, I bring you the complete guide to Cinco de Derby party-throwing! Complete with carnitas, piñata cookies, and a Mint Julep bar with an anejo tequila option. More

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