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Cinco de Mayo Recipes by Rick Bayless

The master chef shows his love for Mexican food with 9 fun recipes

Tortilla soup with cilantro leaves, Cookstr: Rick Bayless' Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Tortilla soup with cilantro leaves is sure to be a hit at any Cinco de Mayo fiesta. — Inti St. Clair/Getty Images

Rick Bayless is known for his modern interpretations of traditional Mexican food, which he demonstrates on his PBS cooking show Mexico — One Plate at a Time and in his popular cookbooks (including Mexican Everyday and Authentic Mexican). We think his recipes offer some delicious inspiration if you're considering a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo — or any other time of year.

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1. Fresh Green Tomatillo Sauce

This sauce can be drizzled on or stirred into any number of dishes. Tomatillos, rather tart and dense, are unlike the common red tomatoes Americans usually cook with. If you can't find them fresh, try canned tomatillos.

Per serving: 19 calories, 0g saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 195mg sodium

2. Chunky Guacamole (Avocado Relish)

Bayless suggests that you adjust the amount of garlic, lime juice and olive oil in this guacamole based on the flavor of your avocados. Garnish it with queso fresco and radish slices.

Per serving: 68 calories, 1g saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 3g fiber, 82mg sodium

3. Spicy Jicama Salad With Tangerines and Fresh Coriander

This fruit salad focuses on jicama, a root vegetable that's only very slightly sweet. It's wonderful paired with the dressing of orange juice, coriander and powdered dried chili.

Per serving: 69 calories, 0g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 4g fiber, 84mg sodium

4. Classic Tortilla Soup With All the Trimmings

This is another familiar Mexican dish, which can be prepared with rotisserie or grilled chicken instead of raw chicken breasts. You can also experiment with a vegetarian version, or add greens for extra nutrition.

Per serving: 597 calories, 9g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 39g protein, 5g fiber, 1,255mg sodium

Next page: 5 more festive Cinco de Mayo recipes from Rick Bayless. »

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