'Cinco de Mayo' on Serious Eats

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

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

Tortilla Torte

Composed of tortillas stacked chocolate cream filling and topped with a billow of fluffy white frosting, this torte visually resembles fancy stacked sponge cakes, but ultimately makes for a very different dessert experience. The tortillas take a bit of getting used to--they will remain lightly chewy even when the chocolate has had a chance to set--but the taste sensation is unlike any other dessert I've ever tried, with the floury taste of the tortillas mixing quite pleasantly with the rich chocolate-sour cream filling (which is also great by the spoonful) and the complementary tangy sweetness of the sour cream frosting. More

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