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Cinco de Mayo recipes: tuna tostadas, carne asada, chicharrones . . .

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If you are like me, you’re always looking for an excuse to break out the chips and guac. So I was happy to dig through the Times Test Kitchen’s archives for some recipes in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Still, I wanted to come up with something ... different. (Nothing against refried beans, mind you!)

So this is a photo gallery of the menu I came up with:

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There are grapefruit margaritas to start, along with appetizers including radish salsa, tortillas and chicharrones de queso -- roughly translated as fried cheese, tuna tostadas with chipotle mayo and queso de chiva fundido con pipián verde -- roughly translated as more cheesy goodness. For the main course, choose from green corn tamales, El Cholo’s famous chiles rellenos, carne asada tacos, achiote-marinated fish tacos, duck tacos with a chile-cherry compote (I told you I wanted different) and two types of veggie enchiladas.

But I wasn’t completely nontraditional. I did include guacamole. And, for a finisher, flan.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

-- Rene Lynch

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