New Mexican Cinco de Mayo Menu
Cinco de Mayo is a great celebration to enjoy the foods of Mexico and the Southwest. One great place to enjoy some of these dishes is in New Mexico. If you can't visit the southwestern state this Cinco de Mayo, here is a great recipe to enjoy while celebrating this fun occasion.
Grilled Fish Tacos
1 lb boned and skinned cod or other white fish
8 corn tortillas
salt and pepper
Start by rinsing the fish and then patting it dry. The best way to cook the fish is to use a charcoal grill, but you can also use a gas grill, or even pan fry the fish. If you are using a grill, place the fish on a hot grill, then close the lid and cook for about 12 minutes in total, less if the fish is thin. Make sure to turn the fish just once. Season with salt and pepper, and serve warm with lime wedges.
Warm the tortillas before serving. Place a piece of fish on each tortilla and garnish with the salsa of your preference. You can use the Mango or Papaya salsa below, or the Marinated Cabbage, traditional Pico de Gallo is also delicious, and of course fresh guacamole and sour cream are also fantastic.
Mango or Papaya Salsa
1 1/2 cup mango, papaya or both, diced and seeded
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve fresh with fish tacos.
3/4 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
3/4 cup green cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp fresh jalapeno, minced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
To slice the cabbage and onion a mandolin works great because it gives thin and consistent slices. If you don't have one be sure to slice as thinly as possible. Then in a bowl mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least half an hour. This salsa is wet, so you can use a fork to serve, which allows the cabbage and onion to drain.