Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten knows how to throw a Cinco de Mayo party. If you’re looking for the perfect Tex-Mex recipes and holiday special cocktail — plus the perfect guacamole recipe — the Food Network star has you covered.
Ina Garten’s Guacamole Recipe Came Straight From The Original ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Cookbook
When Garten released her first cookbook — The Barefoot Contessa — in 1999, she included a simple, yet delicious recipe for a Cinco de Mayo party: guacamole†
All you need are ripe Haas avocados, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, red onion, garlic clove, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a medium tomato (seeded and diced). Don’t forget the tortilla chips for dipping.
“Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh from the shell into a large bowl,” says the recipe. Immediately add the lemon juice, Tabasco, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Using a sharp knife, slice the avocados in the bowl until finely diced. Add the tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.”
Serve with the chips and guac one of Garten’s Pink grapefruit margaritas† This cocktail is so refreshing and delicious that you will probably have more than one. If you prefer a little sweet and spicy in your party drink, the Barefoot Contessa also has a recipe for a Jalapeño Margarita†
Try Ina Garten’s Tequila Lime Chicken or Roasted Salmon Tacos as the main party dish
Garten has two perfect Tex-Mex recipes to choose from for a Cinco de Mayo feast — or you can serve both! The Stars of the Food Network Roasted Salmon Tacos ditch the traditional cheese and sour cream taco fixins and instead use rich salmon against crispy, tangy homemade slaw and tangy avocado. This five-star recipe is easy to follow and the results will amaze your party guests.
The Barefoot Contessas Chicken Tequila Lime is also an easy recipe, but be prepared to marinate the chicken overnight.
For this dish you will need golden tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, freshly squeezed orange juice, chili powder, chopped fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped fresh garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and boneless chicken breasts.
To add great flavor to your Cinco de Mayo feast, serve Garten’s Fiesta Corn and Avocado Salad† The main ingredient in this dish is the corn. As one commenter noted, “the better the corn, the better the taste.”
“stellar!! This salad was a huge hit – everyone came back for seconds and some for thirds. We doubled the recipe for 5 adults and only had a little bit left over”, a happy Barefoot Contessa fan wrote.
Another added: “This recipe is perfect just the way it is. Usually I don’t follow a recipe exactly as I like to put my own spin on it, but this recipe is just the way it is. You won’t be disappointed.”
The Barefoot Contessa airs on Sundays on the Food Network.
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