Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home: Food Edition


It’s officially Cinco de Mayo! We have some great recipe options that you can do from home with your family. Our recipes are brought to us thanks to our dear friend, membership coordinator Yamel Nelson from the Hays Communities YMCA. These are family favorites, so they are sure to not disappoint! Enjoy!

*To read more about the brief history of this Mexican American Celebration click here.

Salsa Fresca


  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 & 1/2 pounds of Roma tomatoes, cores removed and coarsely chopped


  1. Wash vegetables thoroughly
  2. Place Serranos, cilantro, onion, lime juice, salt, and garlic in a food processor or blender and pulse on low speed for 5 seconds
  3. Add tomatoes and pulse on low speed until desired consistency

Note: This will make a medium-heat salsa. Reduce or add Serranos to your taste!

Cilantro Jalapeño Ranch Dip


  • 3-4 jalapeños (deseeded)
  • 1 bunch o cilantro
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 packet of ranch dip powder


  1. Use a food processor to finely chop and blend everything together.
  2. Store in a container in the fridge for a couple of hours so the dip thickens, and enjoy!



  • 3-4 Avocados, peeled & pitted
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (optional/to taste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, sea salt, and garlic salt.
  2. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
  3. Refrigerate for best flavor and enjoy!


Ishmael Behrhorst
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