Recipes for a Cinco de Mayo Party

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Hola amigos! In honor of Cinco de Mayo this weekend, Paula’s test kitchen wanted to round up our top five recipes to help you create a little fiesta of your own at home. Every year in both the United States and Mexico, May 5th is a day to celebrate Mexican pride and heritage, and what a better way to do it than with some festive recipes and drinks? (Though, it’s not a secret that here in the Test Kitchen we don’t need much of a reason to celebrate with food!)

image1. Chili con Queso Dip
Here’s an incredibly simple recipe that tastes like a million bucks! Don’t take our word for it, grab a tortilla chip and take a dip. Go ahead and crack open a cold one, too.

image2. Mexican Shrimp and Grits
If you’re looking for something to set on the dinner table to celebrate with fresh, we recommend whipping up some shrimp and grits with a little south-of-the-border inspiration.

image3. Dee Dee’s Home Run Chicken
Deidre Pujols shared this recipe with Paula on her show, and Paula has been in love ever since. It’s got really authentic flavors, and everyone will be begging for seconds!

image4. Simple Perfect Enchiladas
This one dish wonder is fanastic for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Red sauce, green onions, cilantro, chicken and cheese create a wonderfully savory dish that you can enjoy now or reheat for lunch the next day.

image5. Five Layer Taco Dip
Got company? Treat them to one of our favorite taco dips ever to grace our taste buds. With a homemade taco seasoning that will send you over the moon, we guarantee you can’t go wrong! Did we say it’s ready in only about 30 minutes?

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm