Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: 10 Fun Fiesta Foods

05/02/2015 05:37 am ET | Updated May 02, 2016

Cinco de Mayo -- the perfect excuse to feast on all your favorite Mexican foods. These delicious dishes are some of my most requested Ole!


Unlike most salsas, which are raw, the vegetables in this recipe are roasted -- intensifying the flavor of the tomatoes, mellowing the onions and garlic, and adding a light touch of smokiness. Warning: It's utterly addictive. GET THE RECIPE


With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this make-ahead salad is one that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the popular smoky-sweet salad dressing served at Chipotle. GET THE RECIPE


My whole family loves these enchiladas. They're filled with smoky shredded chicken and cheddar cheese and topped with a tangy tomatillo sauce. GET THE RECIPE


While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of the unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE


These are my kids' all-time favorite tacos -- they're healthier than traditional beef tacos, and just as good, if not better. GET THE RECIPE


This dish is not really authentic. True Mexican rice is more complicated and time-consuming to make -- but my kids claim it tastes just like the rice served at their favorite Mexican restaurant. GET THE RECIPE


This recipe was inspired by a black bean dip I had at a restaurant in Costa Rica that was better than any other black bean dip I'd ever tried. Given -- it won't win a beauty contest, but it's so flavorful, healthy and easy to make, you won't care. GET THE RECIPE


Also known as Margarita Chicken, this is one of those dishes that just screams fun. The marinade -- a combination of tequila, lime, garlic and spices -- is loaded with bright South-of-the-Border flavor. GET THE RECIPE


Inspired by the delicious chicken tortilla soup served at Tommy Bahama Café, this silky purée of vegetables, corn tortillas, chicken broth and spices is hearty enough to serve as a meal. GET THE RECIPE


A proper celebration needs a libation. Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas are a refined version of the syrupy, fake-tasting margaritas served at many bars and restaurants. GET THE RECIPE