When I was younger, Cinco de Mayo was all about the margaritas. Now, it's all about the food. Here are five Cinco de Mayo-inspired recipes to get the party started. All of them incorporate simple but flavorful varieties of cheese, like Monterey Jack, Cotija and Queso Fresco.
A festive soup with a rich flavor and texture, filling enough to be a main course. Small cubes of queso fresco, a type of mild cheese that softens but does not melt, add extra creaminess to each bite.
These vegetarian tacos are a light and satisfying option if you want to avoid heavy, meaty dishes. A topping of ricotta or goat cheese mixed with green chiles and cilantro adds richness with adding any greasiness.
Crumbly cotija cheese is the perfect garnish for chicken tacos. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give the chicken a slightly smokey flavor, and you add as much or as little as you want to the sauce, depending on how spicy you like it.
The combination of kale and pinto beans doesn't make this dish lighter in flavor or texture, but it does make it healthier. Monterey Jack and cotija cheese add a touch of decadence.
An easy, creamy dip that can turn a bag of chips into an entire meal.