cinco de mayo | salsa, churros & guacamole

This past weekend, we had a little party at our house to celebrate Jose’s birthday (which was earlier this month). Just so happens that it was also Cinco de Mayo! I decided not to go crazy with decor, (which I’ll admit, was hard for me), but I did keep with the Mexican theme when it came to food. Well, except for the cupcakes. Those were pretty regular.

I made a fresh spring salsa, guacamole, and churros (which is a Mexican dessert). Here are the recipes in case you want to try too!

Churros

1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dulce de leche
enough oil to deep fry, about 2 inches
 
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until dissolved and mixture forms a ball.
2. Heat 2 inches of oil to 375°. Using a piping bag with a large star tip, pipe strips of dough into hot oil. Or, if this makes you nervous (like it did for me!), pipe them on wax paper then place (carefully) in hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain off excess oil on paper towel.
3. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Toss the warm churros to coat evenly.
4. Top each churro with a drizzle of dulce de leche. They are best when served warm.

Fresh Spring Salsa

1 1/2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup frozen cord, thawed
3/4 cup orange pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 an avocado, diced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
salt
 
Combine in bowl and mix well! Easy peasy. This recipe can be adapted pretty easily too, adding more or less of what you like or don’t like. I think the original recipe called for a jalapeño, but I decided not to add it as I didn’t want this salsa to have any heat.

Guacamole

3-4 ripe avocados, mashed (but leaving a few chunky pieces throughout)
1/2 cup red onion, minced
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
salt
 

Combine in bowl and mix well. Again, super easy!

Enjoy 🙂

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