Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with at-home recipes

By Claire Buchanan

Before you head out to the bar to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, try to whip up these simple, festive recipes at home.

These recipes have a lot of room for improvisation. You can use as much of the ingredients as you like, so feel free to use your creativity.



• 12 tostadas (You can also fry your own tortillas)

• Two 15-ounce cans of refried beans

• 1/4 pound of your choice of meat

• Chopped lettuce and tomatoes (as much as you like)

• Crumbled queso fresco cheese (as much as you like)

• Your favorite salsa

• Sour cream

If you want to make your own tostadas, put just less than a half-inch of oil in a frying pan and fry tortillas one at a time for 90 to 120 seconds.

Season and cook your meat in a pan on the stove.

Cook refried beans in a frying pan with oil. Spread the beans on your tostadas.

Put meat on top of the beans. Add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and sour cream.



• Tortillas

• Water

• Cinnamon

• Sugar

Spray your tortillas with water and sprinkle plenty of cinnamon and sugar on top. Flip tortillas and repeat.

Bake the treat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

You can eat buñuelos by themselves or add favorite dessert toppings. I like to use them as a chip for fruit salsa, which I make by combining chopped kiwis, strawberries, apples and raspberries.