Cinco De Mayo Recipes Beyond The Classics (PHOTOS)

05/05/2011 09:21 am ET | Updated Jul 04, 2011

Cinco de Mayo is about more than tequila and beer.

There's some great food too!

The holiday, which is NOT Mexican Independence Day, is an especially good excuse to enjoy great Mexican flavors and unique dishes you might otherwise pass up. In addition to margaritas there's a whole bunch of other tequila based drinks to wet your whistle as well.

You can see some great Cinco de Mayo cocktails here, and some particularly different tequila beverages here.

If you're not exactly the biggest fan of Mexican food, there are always ways to simply spice up regular fare. Kitchen Daily has a great article that you can check out here, which turns helps your spice rack into a vital tool for creating Mexican flavors.

The slideshow below not only contains some great recipes, but also how-tos for classics like quesadillas, margaritas, and even tortila chips.