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Cinco de Mayo pot luck suggestions?

My company is having a Cinco de Mayo pot luck lunch this Friday (this is the same company that held their Christmas party in February). I'd appreciate some dish/recipe suggestions for a crowd that aren't too difficult to prepare. Not guacamole.

Thank you!

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  1. Sounds weird, but people freak out over this: potato salsa. Finely cubed and boiled potatoes tossed with tomato, white onion, avocado, salt, a healthy dose of lime juice, minced serrano pepper, and cilantro. Have to be careful not to overcook the potato, and it needs to be peeled first. It can be served cold or halfway to room temp.

    Edit - guess I should give ratios. 2 parts potato, 1 part tomato and avocado, 1/2 part onion, and everything else to taste. Doesn't need to be totally exact.

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    1. re: rudeboy

      This one sounds really interesting, I may try it!

      1. re: medrite

        Let me know if you do. The hard part is all the chopping, or as I call it, meditation! It can also be made ahead the night before.

    2. A few suggestions:

      Spanish rice in a crock pot
      A good home-made salsa & chips
      Carne Asada Burritos
      Home made refried beans in a crock pot

      1. Take a bag of frozen corn. Add a jar of queso dip (mild) and heat together in crock pot. People love it.

        1. I love jicama with Cholula and lime drizzled on top. Cut it like little French fries. A Mexican friend made it at a party years ago and I've made it many times since.

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          1. re: triomphe

            I think I'll try this - sounds interesting

            1. re: triomphe

              Cooked?? I've always had jicama raw...

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Nope, raw. Just in the shape of French fries for easy snacking.

            2. I imagine there will be a few folks who go the taco route. You can do the same and still stand out by doing something a bit unexpected like cochinita pibil, tinga or the ever popular bulgogi.

              Other ideas are avocado and lime deviled eggs, peanut and chile arbol salsa, corn and chile queso fundido or salmon cured with tequila, cilantro and spices.

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              1. re: JungMann

                Hmm, "bulgogi" and "cinco de Mayo" are not two phrases I'd normally put together....(not that it wouldn't be good)

              2. I took this to a party last night. Hopefully your not transporting the food via the subway.

                Shredded chicken in a crockpot
                Chopped iceberg lettuce
                Shredded cheese
                Taco shells
                Fresh salsa.

                It was easy, easy to transport by car, well received by the group.

                1. Thanks for the great tips everybody!

                  1. How about skillet enchiladas --- easy to make. Google it -- lots of recipes for this. And with a glass of margarita, that's all you need !:)

                    1. The stupid easy not especially authentic 5 (or 7) layer mexican dip with tortilla chips is always a no fail crowd pleaser.
                      There are a ton of versions out there if you google it, pack cilantro or shredded lettuce seperate to add just before serving.

                      If you want to go sweet fresh slices of mango with a squeeze of lime tossed with cayanne is a popular street food snack

                      1. I'd say a Chile relleno casserole.

                        1. Be sure to let us know what you made. I always like to hear the outcome.