Cinco de Mayo! Guacamole, steak with tequila

This Mexican holiday that celebrates the unlikely defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is also a festive day to feast on delicious Mexican fare. Roberto Santibanez, chef and owner of Truly Mexican Consulting in New York City, shares his spicy and savory recipes, including guacamole with apples and tequila and sauteed skirt steak with mushroom-chipotle-tequila sauce.

Guacamole with apples and tequila

Makes 2 cups


    • 1 large crisp, sweet apple, peeled, cored and diced (1/3-inch)
    • 1 tablespoon tequila
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • For pecans

    • 1/4 cup pecan halves, sliced crosswise, or coarsely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
    • 1 serrano chile, stem discarded coarsely chopped
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped white onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    • 2 Mexican Hass avocados, halved and pitted
    • 1 more tablespoon chopped cilantro for garnish


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