Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over France, and has become a time when we celebrate Mexican culture here in the United States. Although many folks think it is a time to splurge on tacos and tequila, it is an even better time to incorporate fresh foods, bold flavors, and versatile ingredients. So get the festivities started with these Mexican cuisine staples.
A good source of vitamins A and C, this red beauty comes in a variety of forms and is super versatile. Dice it up fresh to add to guacamole or homemade pico de gallo or pop open a can of tomatoes for an excellent source of lycopene to add to a pot of chili.
You can’t celebrate Cinco De Mayo without avocados! Not only do avocados provide a creamy texture and mild flavor that can morph into many favorite dishes, they contribute the healthy fats that are good for your heart. So feel free to slice it, dice it, or mash it up knowing that the nutritional benefits are plentiful.
Vegetarian or not, most people can’t get enough of beans. Packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants; beans are the definition of nutrient density! Fill up on beans in your burrito, nachos, chili, soup; the options are endless. No really, you can put them in anything!
No need to wait all year for this favorite. Corn is delicious and nutritious whether it is fresh, canned or frozen. You can enjoy it grilled on the cob or baked in a vegetable enchilada. No matter how you eat, you are sure to get some good-for-you fiber!
Serving up 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, this is a treat that can not be beat! Sure you can whip up some mango salsa or a thirst quenching mango margarita, but let’s just keep it simple. How about a mango on stick? This classic Mexican treat can be seen on street corners everywhere in Mexico and have made their way to food trucks in the US. Simply slide a mango on a wooden skewer, peel the mango, and top with lime juice, salt and chili powder. This will quickly become a summer favorite for your household!