cinco de mayo recap

we celebrated cinco de mayo last week with what else - ? tacos and margaritas. while most of the valley doesn't seem to celebrate, we'll take any excuse to indulge in a couple of our favorites.

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we were SUPER psyched that we found the mandarin flavored jarritos soda at HEB this week. we've been looking for them ever since we tried it out in cali, as it's by far our favorite flavor. until now our HEB only carried mandarin in the larger bottles.

we love being able to incorporate small elements from our vacations into everyday life between trips and the little glass bottles are especially fun for cinco de mayo!

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here's a closer look at what we made for the occasion:

spicy slow cooked steak [ for tacos ]

| ingredients |

for beef:
3 pounds of chuck roast, cut into pieces
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can chopped green chiles
2 tablespoons salsa
1 jalapeno, sliced
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
juice of two limes
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup beef broth

for tacos:
tortillas, warmed
cilantro, for garnish
monterey jack cheese

| method |

add all ingredients for beef into a crock pot and cook on high for approximately 3 hours, until tender. shred or slice beef and return to the pot to simmer in it's juices on low for approximately 15 minutes. 

remove the bay leaves and serve in warmed tortillas topped with cilantro and cheese. 

pan-seared corn

| ingredients |

4 ears of corn
evoo
salt and pepper

| method |

husk the corn and cut in the cobs in half. pour 2 tablespoons of oil into a large pan, and place the cobs inside and roll them lightly in the oil. heat over medium high heat for approximately 8 minutes, turning occasionally so the cobs cook evenly. 

[i had grander intentions of seasoning the corn with some combo of mayonnaise, chili powder, lime juice, and a sprinkle of cotija cheese, elote style, but at the last minute i decided to keep it minimalist.] 

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mixless margarita

we finished the day off with a fresh squeezed margarita. our favorite recipe (below) uses fresh juice, and no mix!

| ingredients |

1 small bottle tequila
2 limes, juiced
1 orange, juiced
1 teaspoon agave nectar or simple syrup
salt, lime wedge for garnish

| method |

prepare a margarita glass with salt and ice. shake the tequila, lime juice, orange juice and agave nectar and pour into the prepared glass. add rocks and enjoy!

happy cinco!