Cinco de Mayo Beef Enchiladas and Beer Cocktails
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As you may know, I recently relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Because of the culture and demographic in this city, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated. Not one to pass up an opportunity to have a party, I headed to the grocery store to pick up everything I needed to please a crowd. I love it when I can get everything in one place. For this Mexican holiday, I got all the ingredients for my beef enchilada dish, and adult beverages sure to please everyone, including Modelo Especial and Corona Extra.
I am a Modelo Especial girl. My boyfriend introduced me to it and I immediately took to it. Brewed with a fighting spirit, I find it delicious and satisfying. With a crisp, clean finish, this is what Pilsner-style beers should taste like, and it’s perfect for warm weather. If you like darker lagers, you should try Modelo Negra. Rich in flavor, it has slow-roasted caramel malts. Either can be paired with this beef enchilada recipe. This recipe is easy and can feed a lot of people, the perfect combination for a party.
Cinco de Mayo Beef Enchiladas
2 T vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
salt and pepper
4 oz. can diced green chiles
3 C Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 can red enchilada sauce
green onion, jalapeno, and tomato for garnish
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Add oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add ground beef and break into small pieces.
-Once ground beef is halfway cooked, add onion, garlic, and green chiles. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain beef mixture.
-Spread two tablespoons of the enchilada sauce over a tortillas. Add a couple spoonfuls of the beef mixture. Drizzle a little more enchilada sauce over the meat. Add 1/3 cup cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in greased 9×13 baking dish. Continue until dish is full.
-Spread remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprnkle reaming shredded cheese on top.
-Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered.
-Garnish with chopped tomato, jalapenos, and green onion.
This dish is cheesy and full of flavor. If you want to kick it up a notch, try making red enchilada sauce from scratch. Serve with chips and salsa and chunky guacamole.
Now we have our beer and we have our food. Add a little mariachi music and the only thing missing to make this one of my signature parties is a fun cocktail!
Cinco de Mayo calls for margarita, but it also calls for a Corona Extra. With a refreshing, smooth taste, Corona Extra is my passport to carefree enjoyment. If you prefer a lighter beer, Corona Light has only 99 calories, making it an authentic light beer. Most people stick a lime in their Corona, but I’d rather stick a Corona in my margarita!
8 C ice
1 C Casa Noble tequila
1/4 C triple sec
2 C margarita mix
6 pack of Corona Extra
-Slice 2 limes for garnish.
-Run a lime slice around rim of glass, dip in plate with sea salt.
-Juice the rest of the limes and orange and add to blender.
-Add the ice, tequila, triple sec, and margarita mix to the blender.
-Blend until thick, but do not over blend. Add more ice if needed.
-Pour into salt rimmed glass. Open Corona Extra bottle and tip into glass.
Tip: If you do not have large or oversized margarita glasses, you can buy CoronaRita beer clips to keep the bottle in place.
You can easily find Modelo and Corona 12 oz. bottles in the Wine & Spirits section. Make sure to get some for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Modelo and Corona easily fit into everyday life and can be naturally paired with recipes. Pick up a pack and get creative with these drinkable beers!