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Cinco de Mayo fiesta recipes: guacamole, margaritas and more

May 5, 2011 |  5:00 am

Guacamole Step away from the store-bought guacamole. This Cinco de Mayo, we're going to show you how easy it is to make your own guacamole and margaritas at home.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over French forces in 1862. Here in the U.S., it's an excuse to celebrate the food and drink introduced by our neighbors to the south. And no fiesta would be complete without guacamole and margaritas.

Check out this recipe*** from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen for a great big bowl of chunky, garlicky guacamole, which gets a kick from a few serranos. And we've got recipes for three margaritas: guava, grapefruit and a blood orange jalapeño. And there's more: Just check out this photo gallery featuring 23 recipes that would be perfect at any Cinco de Mayo.

Now, we're not saying that you shouldn't hit the bars with friends to celebrate this Cinco de Mayo. 'Cause, frankly, that's exactly where I'll be. But friends don't let friends buy store-bought guacamole. And there's nothing better than a margarita made from scratch. (In case you are wondering, I like a traditional margarita on the rocks, plenty of salt.)

You simply must have these recipes available in your culinary arsenal whether you are throwing your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta or want to host a Mexican themed affair later this summer. This is Southern California, after all, and avocado season is upon is. There's always a reason to break out the guacamole and chips.

***This guacamole recipe calls for a fancy lava stone mortar and pestle, which is widely available at Latino markets and some cookware stores. But we promise that the food police won't break down your door if you just use a bowl and a fork.

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-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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