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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
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02 May 2019  

It’s Time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Although May 5 is not really Mexican Independence Day—It is still nice to have a special day to celebrate the contributions of our neighbors to the south to our Arizona (New Mexico, Texas, California, American) Cuisine. From Street Tacos to Taco Bell, exposure to Mexican food has changed our culinary landscape like no other. 

My Mother spent some time in Mexico City in 1946, and she liked to say that restaurant food there was much more like French cuisine than the border Mexican food familiar to those of us who grew up in Clifton AZ. Mexico’s regional cuisines have been celebrated in numerous cookbooks, most notably “Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico” by Rick Bayless. It is food from those cuisines we will be featuring this week.

And don’t forget, Mexico is where chocolate was first eaten and drunk. That may account for the number of special days for different kinds of chocolate flavored foods in May. Be sure to celebrate all of those.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Buy 4 Save $4 on participating items in multiples of 4. Also for 3 days only digital Cinco de Mayo digital coupon deals including $.99/pkg for select  tortillas and chips. 
Safeway—$5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Fiesta of Savings, everytihing from $1.25/pkg //blueberries fo $2.50/pkg Frozen El Monterey burritos and taquitos. 
Sprouts—Has a 72 hour sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Red Mangos $1/3, Crystal Geyser Spring water only $2.50/case. They also invite you to EXPLORE AND DISCOVER big savings on fresh trends and new items like SoDelicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts, $3.99/each and Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo at 30% off.

Special Days This Week

May 1—Chocolate Parfait Day
May 2—Chocolate Truffle Day
May 3—Chocolate Custard Day
May 4—Candied Orange Peel Day (I guess this is when you eat all the candied peel left over from Christmas and Easter.)
May 5—Enchilada Day
May 6—Crepes Suzette
May 7—Roast Leg of Lamb Day (ask at Sprouts or at the “Windswept Acres” Farm booth at the Farmer’s Market)

Just for this week, we are changing up our format. We found some really great Mexican recipes. This is a sort of One from Column A, One from Column B idea. The recipes are grouped by type. Just choose one (or more) from each type to make up a Menu for a full meal.

Appetizers/Snacks

Chilaquiles
Arizona Cheese Crisp

Chilaquiles 

Like nachos only better. Make your own chips or get a bag (blue are nice.)

Arizona Cheese Crisp

Use a wide thin flour tortilla if you can find one. Don’t pile on too much cheese. Drain well and dry off with paper towels a can of diced green chilis. sprinkle over the cheese. You may want to experiment to figure out exactly how you want them before you try this for a party. They should be light and crispy

Items on Sale

Tortillas, corn—$1.99/pkg of 10 @Sprouts. 
Tortilla Chips, Doritos—$1.77/pkg @ Safeway, must buy 3. $1.77/pkg  @Fry’s, buy 4 sale
Tortilla Chips—$1.50/pkg @Sprouts, Sprouts brand, yellow or blue, (O)
Jalapeños—$9.99/lb @Safeway, $.99/lb @Fry’s. 
Cilantro—$.33/bunch @Fry’s. $.50/bunch @Sareway
Cheese—$3/pkg @Fry’s, Taco Bell. $2.49/each @Safeway, Saargento (clip or click). $3.99/lb @Sprouts, Mild cheddar, bulk random weights

Main Dishes

New Mexico Stacked Enchiladas
Rolled Enchiladas
Fried gorditas
Street Tacos
Tostados (Haystacks)
Burritos

New Mexico Stacked Enchiladas (Vegetarian)

This can be done stacking 2 layers on a medium plate, heated in the microwave.  Top with egg, and or avocado slices. For Vegan use vegan cheese and avocado. Or for non-vegetarian use any of the alternate fillings below.

How to Roll an Enchilada

Of course you could use less cheese and add any filling you want. Try Tinga, Carne Asada ground beef with onion etc. Maybe add a halved black olive or so, or whatever. Sprinkle some cheese on top….

Fried Gorditos

Fill with any not too wet chili based filling. Try the Chicken Tinga.

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Good explanations and recipe for carne asada. 

Use in street tacos, burritos, enchiladas etc.

Make a Tostada (Haystack)

Good Basic Recipes for seasoned ground beef, Fresh Salsa (Pico de Gallo), beans etc. Don’t be afraid to fry up your own crispy corn tortillas for the base. 

How to roll a Burrito

Items On Sale

Tortillas, corn—$1.99/pkg of 10 @Sprouts.
Ground Beef—4.99/each @Safeway, red. $2.97/lb @Safeway, pkg 3 lb or more. $3.99/lb @Sprouts. $2.99/3 lb pkg @Fry’s,
Avocados—$1/each @Fry’s, Large Haas
Onions—$.77/lb @Sprouts, Sweet red or Vidalia. $.99/lb @Safeway, yellow.

Alternate Fillings

Chicken Tinga
Carne Asada
Carnitas

Chicken Tinga

Stuff this in your Gorditas or use for tacos or tostadas. enchiladas etc.

Carne Asada

Mexican Pulled Pork (Carnitas)

Use in Tacos, Gorditas, Burritos,Tostadas, Enchiladas,  mix in scrambled eggs etc.

Items On Sale

Pork Shoulder—$.99/lb @Sprouts, Whole in bag. $1.49/lb @Fry’s, Whole in bag
Flank Steak—$5.99/lb @Fry’s, boneless
Chicken Parts—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Thighs or Drums. $2.99/lb @Sprouts, Thighs, B/S, 

Side dishes

Spiced Beans (Instant Pot)
Traditional Refried Beans
Mexican Rice

Beans in the Instant Pot

Not very traditional, but fast.

Refried Beans

Very traditional. Go ahead and use lard. It’s not any worse than butter.

Mexican Rice

A good basic recipe

Salads

Avocado Corn Salad
Green Bean Salad
Green Salad
Caribbean Orange Pineapple Salad
Mexican chopped Salad

Avocado Corn Salad

Green Bean Salad

Caribbean Orange Pineapple Salad

Mexican Chopped Salad

Watch out for waxed Jicama, it can be nasty.

Items On Sale

Avocados—$1/each @Fry’s, Large Haas
Onions—$.77/lb @Sprouts, Sweet red or Vidalia
Corn, sweet, fresh—$1/8 ears @Sprouts. $3.99/4 ct pkg @Fry’s
Tomatoes—$.77/lb @Sprouts, Roma. $.99/lb @Safeway. $2/box, @Fry’s, grape (O)
Oranges—$1/ 3 lb. @Sprouts, Navel (72 hr sale). 
Greens—$1.25/8 oz bag @Fry’s, shredded. $.99/head @Safeway, Iceberg Jalapeños—$9.99/lb @Safeway, $.99/lb @Fry’s. 
Cilantro—$.33/bunch @Fry’s. $.50/bunch @Sareway
Onions—$.77/lb @Sprouts, Sweet red or Vidalia. $.99/lb @Safeway, yellow.
Pineapple—$2/eacn @Sprouts

Deserts

Flan
Chocolate Parfait
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Truffles
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Fruit Plate

Flan

Chocolate Oreo Parfaits

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Items On Sale

Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts
Oranges—$1/ 3 lb. @Sprouts, Navel (72 hr sale).
Mangoes, red—$1/ 3 fruits @Safeway, first 6, $1/3 fruits @Sprouts (72 hr sale). 
Grapes—$1.99/lb @Fry’s, red. $!1.99/lv @Safeway. red
Watermelon—$1.99/each @Fry’s, $2/each @Sprouts
Strawberries—$2.50/1 lb box @Sprouts. $.97/1 lb box @Fry’s

Heritage Recipe

This recipe is the first one I asked for and copied out when I was 10 years old. My Aunt Josephine was a fabulous cook and she liked to provide sweet treats for child visitors. Make a few of these and put them on a platter with some of the truffles, strawberries and chocolate cookies shown above. A perfect ending for your Cinco de Mayo feast.

Stuffed Dates

1 Tablespoon softened butter
3/4 cup or so of powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons orange juice
6-8 oz dates (Medjool are my favorite, but any will work)
some orange zest (optional, my recent addition)

Mix butter and sugar, beat well. Stir in orange juice. Stuff mixture into (pitted) dates. Sprinkle on a few shreds of orange zest (if using.)

And Just One More Thing…

I don’t think they make Pupusas in Mexico. I always think of them as being from El Salvador, but maybe they make them in other Central American countries too. 

Salvadorian Pupusas

This video almost makes me believe I could do this. I have admired Pupusa makers for a long time. They tend to be specialists. Most people don’t make them at home. when they have a big fiesta, they hire a specialist to do the Pupusas. It is mesmerizing to watch them work. And fresh off the griddle, they are amazingly delicious.