Cooking Authentic & Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Can be Both Easy and Delicious with IMUSA and McCormick
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San Antonio is always in fiesta mode! This city is party central when it comes to anything FIESTA. We also have all the ingredients available year-round for creating the recipes to go with any fiesta celebration. It is always fun to try new culinary creations with products found in the local grocery and kitchenware stores.
So I want to share some recipes I made with some McCormick spices and seasoning mixes and the helpful IMUSA Tortilla Press, Lime Squeezer and Tortilla Warmer for keeping things easy and traditional at the same time. IMUSA products can be found at Walmart and Target in San Antonio.
The first recipe is for:
Tinga de Pollo
Chicken Tinga is a dish that originated in Puebla, Mexico. It consists of pulled chicken in a tomato and chili chipotle sauce. The chipotle chilies give the dish a nice smoky flavor. The dish is traditionally served on a crisp tostada (corn tortilla that has been baked or fried flat) then topped with the Tinga chicken. You can then add an assortment of toppings to the chicken depending on your taste. (I prefer using flour tortillas to make Chicken Tingo tacos.)
My neighborhood HEB grocery carries a full line of McCormick products including the McCormick Chicken Tinga Seasoning Mix that makes the recipe simple and easy. For added heat, chop up a chipotle chile in adobo sauce and mix into the sauce.
1 pkg McCormick Chicken Tinga Seasoning Mix
2 cups thinly sliced onions
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1 cup tomato sauce
2/3 cup water
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
16 tostada shells or tortillas
Cook onion in hot oil in large skillet on medium heat until tender. Add Seasoning Mix, tomato sauce and water. Bring to boil. Stir in chicken. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve chicken on tostada shells with creme fraiche or sour cream and shredded lettuce, if desired.
Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, fresh squeezed lime juice or pico de gallo.
Ready-made flour tortillas are always available in San Antonio. However, nothing beats the taste of fresh made flour tortillas. Especially if you grew up with them as I did. With the IMUSA 8″ Tortilla Press it is easy to make your own from almost scratch using a tortilla flour mix. Once you have tried the fresh tortilla, it will be hard to go back to ready made.
Makes 8 tortillas
2 cups tortilla flour mix*
1/2 cup warm water
*Tortilla Flour Mix (I use White Wings but there are several brands available.)
Add warm water to mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Knead for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. If dough appears sticky, add a little more mix. Cover dough with a damp cloth and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 8 portions.
This is a good time to pre-heat the comal or cast iron griddle. You will want to set it at a medium heat.
Wrap the inside of the IMUSA Tortilla Press with plastic wrap. Place dough ball on the press. Lower the top plate and press the lever down until desired thickness is reached. I like mine fairly thin as they will shrink up and puff out when heated. Open the press and peel the tortilla from the plastic wrap. Lay onto the hot comal or griddle for a few seconds. Flip over to other side. You should have some nice brown specks.
Place the warm tortillas in the IMUSA Tortilla Warmer. They are ready to eat.
Another recipe I made for Cinco de Mayo showdown was Tilapia Fish Tacos. Using fish in tacos keeps things lighter and healthier than using beef. And you can even take it outside now that summer is almost here by using the barbe to grill the fish.
Tilapia Fish Tacos
1 lb tilapia fillets
Creamy enchaliada sauce
10 flour tortillas (see recipe & directions above)
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 limes, cut into quarters
1/2 cup queso fresco
Optional; cilantro, salsa, guacamole
For the Fish
1 lb tilapia fillets
1/4 teaspoon each of; McCormick chili powder, ground cumin, and garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs. oil
Rinse and pat dry the tilapia fillets. Mix spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle over fish. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add oil and let heat. Add fish fillets, a couple at a time, and cook until browned on one side (about 3-4 minutes depending on the thickness). Flip fish over and brown on second side (about another 3-4 minutes or until fish will flake with a fork). Remove fish from skillet onto a serving plate or bowl and cut into bite sized pieces.
While fish is cooking make the creamy enchilada sauce.
Creamy Enchilada Sauce
1/2 packet of McCormick Enchilada Sauce Mix
1 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
1/4 cup milk
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
To Make the Tacos:
Place about 2 tbs of fish into a tortilla. Place 1/4 piece of lime in IMUSA lime squeezer and squeeze the juice directly on the fish. Top with shredded cabbage, creamy enchilada sauce and queso fresco. You can also top with optional items.
These tacos are good served with Mexican rice, or corn and black bean salad.
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