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Cinco de Mayo Recipes and More


May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, which is often celebrated in America with margaritas and various Mexican dishes. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. As you pull together your feast, consider these recipes and learn more about the holiday.

Featured Recipes

Strawberry Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

Strawberry Margaritas

Springtime is a great opportunity to have a Happy Hour drink outside with friends. Follow this easy margarita recipe for a refreshing evening. Continue

Grilled Shrimp Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Add some poblano-corn salsa to these tacos for a festive celebration of flavor especially for an outdoor gathering. Continue

Braised Mushroom Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Braised Mushroom Tacos

You can make this simple dish which can be prepared in advance to avoid being stuck in the kitchen all night long. Continue

Strawberry Mango Salsa for Cinco de Mayo

Strawberry Mango Salsa

Try this sweet and spicy combination with mango, strawberry, and jalapeno seeds that is great for dipping or over grilled fish. Continue

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Collections

Taco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Taco Recipes

What is the best part of having tacos for a meal? You can choose your own fix-ins to include from meat to healthier additions! Continue

Burrito Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Burrito Recipes

Burritos are a great option for combining your favorite ingredients into one wrap for lunch or dinner. The options are endless. Continue

Salsa Recipes for CInco de Mayo

Salsa Recipes

Have a good bag of chips or pita ready to dip into these salsa recipes. Find your favorite flavor combination. Continue

Margarita Recipes

Margarita Recipes

You cannot forget the most important part of the meal – margaritas! We have scoured the internet for the best margarita recipes. Continue

Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Kid-Friendly Recipes

Our friends at PBS Parents have several recipe suggestions for creating a Cinco de Mayo feast that kids will want to eat too. Continue

Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Recipes

From the traditional to the original, explore our collection of Mexican recipes that you can enjoy throughout the year. Continue

Learn More About Cinco de Mayo

PBS Parents Crafts

Crafts for Kids

Join PBS Parents in some fun crafts your kids can make to celebrate Cinco de Mayo including pinatas and maracas. Continue

Maya and Migel Card Creator

Create Your Own Cinco de Mayo Card

PBS KIDS show Maya and Miguel has an interactive card creator for Cinco de Mayo. Choose your own background and message to send to a friend. Continue


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Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

via Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake.

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Mexican Brownie Bottom CheesecakeThis week we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo (“fifth of May”) which is when everyone likes to use it as an excuse to chow down on some delicious Mexican food.  As I mentioned in the latest “Weekend Garnish” post, I’m a newer fan of Mexican food, so I really do not have a huge index of recipes to share.  But, I have a new one for you today!  Not that it’s truly an authentic Mexican dish…

Last week we were invited to a friend’s for dinner where she was serving Carne Asada tacos, rice and beans.  She asked if I would bring the dessert and I knew I wanted it to complement the meal.  This cheesecake was waiting for me in my long list of bookmarked recipes and was the perfect fit!

You might think it is strange to add the spices to the brownie mix, but do not skip it.  The combination of the cinnamon, cayenne and chocolate is simply irresistible with the cheesecake.  And, for the sake of time, I used a 9×13 boxed brownie mix for the crust which worked out beautifully.  If you would like the recipe for not using brownie mix, then click over to the original recipe link at the end of this post.

Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Printable Recipe

Yield: 10 – 12 servings

For the crust:
Boxed brownie mix, family size (for a 9- x 13-inch pan)
Ingredients listed on the brownie box
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

For the cheesecake:
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sour cream
3 eggs
Cayenne pepper for garnish, if desired

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Grease an 8- or 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray.

For the crust:
Mix the brownies according to the package directions, mixing in the spices to the dry ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and bake for the directed time.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the cheesecake:
Meanwhile, reduce oven heat to 325˚F.  In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla until well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Stir in the sour cream.  Mix in the eggs on low speed until just blended.  Pour the mixture over the brownie crust.

Place the springform pan on a rimmed cookie sheet and place in the oven.  Pour about 3/4-inch of water into the baking sheet, so it surrounds the springform pan.  Bake at 325˚F for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until the center is almost set.  The center of the cheesecake should jiggle slightly, but the outer 3 inches or so should be firm. (Mine took about 1 hour and 15 minutes.)  Turn off the oven and crack open the oven door.  Leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven until you are able to pick up the pan without using oven mitts.  Transfer the pan to the counter-top and let cool to room temperature.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Run a knife around the rim of the pan to loosen the cake.  Remove the outer rim of the pan, slice, and serve with a dusting of cayenne pepper (optional).

Source: Buns in my Oven, originally Perrys’ Plate

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