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Adventures in food for curious cooks.

Cinco de Mayo Central


Cinco de Mayo Central

Lynley Jones

Taco party in the Adventure Kitchen, with a much-deserved cold beer :)

Taco party in the Adventure Kitchen, with a much-deserved cold beer :)

Let's get this out of the way first: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day. (Here's the rest of that story.) But it's still a great excuse for a party, and lots of great Mexican food!

So, here are my Mexican (and Mexican-American) recipes for your shindig: including main courses, tacos, sides and desserts. Plus, a section of traditional recipes, in case you want to impress your friends with the real deal. 

Plus, scroll to the bottom for links to more Mexican cooking how-tos and other content, including: how to make tostadas, how to warm tortillas for your taco party, and the actual story of Mexican independence. AND, my Mexican Sweet Blend spice blend - authentic Mexican piloncillo sugar and canela cinnamon in a jar, just for you.


Mexican and Mexican-American main courses for your fiesta


Make it a taco party with any of these:


What to serve alongside the main attraction:


Sweet endings for your fiesta:


Real-deal traditional Mexican recipes:

More on Mexican Cooking and Culture 

The complete collection of every Mexican recipe on the website, all in one place.

Everything you need to know to make tostadas like a pro, and how and why they really should become part of your repertoire. (Hint: they're easy and everyone loves them.)

How to throw a taco party, including knowing what makes for a great taco, how to warm and hold tortillas for a crowd, and more.

The Nectar of Independence

The real story of Mexican independence, and why I created this recipe to honor Mexico in one of my first cooking classes.

Mexican Sweet Blend

A sweet blend of Mexican flavors: piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar) and canela (Mexican cinnamon). Bake with it, sprinkle it over fruit, stir it into coffee or hot chocolate, or combine it with savory spices for a barbecue rub.

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