Cinco De Mayo!

Cinco De Mayo does not apply or have any meaning to most of us, until you factor in the amount of eating and drinking of Mexican delicacies we do in celebration. The holiday is not about victory in war, its about victory over the plate of tacos sitting in front of us. Here are some Mex-tastic recipes for tomorrow.

Nachos: One of the Swiss army knives of food, these things can be part of any outing, meal, occasion, event, etc. Just have some nachos and everyone is good. Nacho Nacho Man, I want to be a Nacho Man! 

INGREDIENTS

1 bag tortilla chips

1½ cups shredded chicken

¾ cup cooked black beans

3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

¾ cup scallions, thinly sliced

1 jalapeño, thinly sliced

1 avocado, diced

¾ cup salsa

½ cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your broiler on low. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On the baking sheet, build a small spiral of 15 chips, stacking them close together in a 3-inch circle. Repeat to make a total of 6 piles.

Sprinkle ¼ cup chicken and 2 tablespoons black beans on top of each pile of chips. Top each with ½ cup shredded cheese.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook until the cheese is totally melted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.

Top each pile with 2 tablespoons scallions, a few jalapeño slices, 2 tablespoons avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Serve immediately.

If run of the mill nachos don't do it for you, try these tater tot nachos. They are like nachos, only worse for you and even better tasting after you finish those 4 margaritas. 

INGREDIENTS

1 bag Tater Tots

2 teaspoons oil

½ red onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

½ pound fresh chorizo sausage

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1½ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

4 green onions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Sour cream

Salsa verde

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Spread the Tater Tots on a baking sheet in an even layer. Bake until they begin to turn golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, warm the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.

Crumble the sausage into the pan and sauté until cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes.

Remove the Tater Tots from the oven and pour the sausage mixture evenly on top. Cover with the cheddar and Monterey Jack and return to the oven to bake until the cheese is melted, 7 to 9 minutes.

Remove the nachos from the oven and top with green onion, cilantro, sour cream and salsa. Serve immediately.

Shout to PureWow for the recipes.