It actually marks an 1862 military victory. But over the years, the minor Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) has morphed into a major celebration of all things Mexicano—culture, heritage, festivals, parades, traditions, music, food—particularly in the U.S. and especially in areas with large Latino populations.

Why not? Who doesn’t love a fully loaded taco, frosty Patrón Silver margarita, and some peppy mariachi tunes? So in honor of this Cinco de Mayo, here are our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes starring Little Potatoes. ¡Fantastico!

Tex-Mex Ranch Potatoes

If you’re craving the rich flavors of smoky bacon and gooey cheddar, this dish is for you—a hearty side to accompany grilled chicken or pulled pork: Little Duos smothered in cheese, bacon and green onions, seasoned with Ranch and taco spices. And, it takes only 15 minutes to prepare.

Potato and Chorizo Tacos

Just five minutes to prep and 10 to cook, these tacos are also vegan and gluten-free. Tucked into soft corn tortillas, the filling is made of sweet, earthy Little Reds and soy chorizo, plus fresh cilantro and pico de gallo. Squeeze over a little lime to add zest.

Macho Sombrero Chili con Carne with Potatoes

This fully loaded, healthier-than-usual chili will fill you up. It super fast and simple to make, and packed with healthy ingredients: bell peppers, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, garlic, onions, lean ground beef and Little Trios But it’s the enticing blend of spices—coriander, chili powder, cumin, even cocoa powder—that pushes it over the top. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar or Mexican cotija and cilantro.

Tex-Mex Potato Grill Packets

Not only is this one easy, it cooks on the grill—and in foil. So there’s no need to use the oven and hardly any cleanup. A low-cal, healthy Nachos alternative, this meal-in-one combines Little Trios with black beans, peppers and Mexican spices, grilled til browned and tender. Then you top it with the works: guacamole, salsa, sour cream or low-cal plain yogurt, grated cheese, cilantro, and lime. If you know you’ll be home late from work, prepare the foil packs the night before and store in the fridge. Then just toss onto the hot grill. ¡Olé!

Tex-Mex Three Bean Potato Salad

It’ll be hard to go back to the ho-hum traditional version after you’ve tried this potato salad twist. Fresh flavors feature prominently in this colorful side dish, optimal for potlucks and outdoor dinner parties. Toss A Little Onion & Chive or A Little Garlic & Herb with a crunchy blend of grilled corn, sweet red onion, peppers, cilantro and green onion, plus chickpeas, kidney and black beans, in a cumin-lime vinaigrette spiked with chile powder and siracha. ¡Que bueno!



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