Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday

Neither my husband nor I are of Mexican heritage, and we have never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo. But when Cinco de Mayo lands on Taco Tuesday, I took it as a sign to celebrate.

I usually make my own taco seasoning since many store bought ones contain whey, so I didn’t pick any up at the store. Mistake. Turns out, I was fresh out of chili powder and had to raid my neighbor’s pantry to find some. Luckily, she had a big container, so Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday was saved!

When I make taco seasoning, I make a bunch of it. It’s really fast and easy to make, but it’s nice not to have to do it every time I make tacos, so a big container is good.

I don’t have measurements for my taco seasoning, so I created this visual instead to show the ratios of the different ingredients. In addition to the listed ingredients, I also add a tablespoon or two of corn starch to help the sauce thicken–the amount depends on how much I make, and is roughly equivalent of the amount of oregano I use.

In honor of the day, I made my own salsa, too. The avocados give the salsa an added creaminess that can’t be beat. And the best part: using canned tomatoes makes for very simple prep.

Ingredients for salsa

1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 can diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro

1 small bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

2 small avocados, mashed

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste


Pulse all ingredients in a food processor. Store up to two weeks in the fridge.



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