Editor's note: Henna Bakshi is a News Assistant at CNN and a self-proclaimed foodie!
Cinco de Mayo is nearly upon us, and I've got three recipes to help you throw a perfect fiesta -- for only $40 and cinco ingredients per recipe!
Scroll down to learn how to make a velvety BBQ pulled pork with caramelized apples on top, my family's classic cilantro and mint chutney, and of course, a Mexican margarita to wash it all down.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here's a few tips to get you started:
And now, recipes!
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork with Caramelized Apples
Favorite BBQ sauce
Apple slices, 2 apples
Hard cider, 1 cup
Coat the pork shoulder with olive oil. This will moisturize the meat and help it fall apart while cooking. I also add black pepper to the coating for some heat but this is optional.
Pour your favorite BBQ sauce over the pork. I like sauces with all-natural ingredients.
Throw in sliced apples, coat them with the BBQ sauce, too.
Top it all off with just about a cup of hard cider for that extra punch of sweetness.
Cook the entire mix in a slow cooker on high heat for 4 hours. That's it! The meat will fall apart with the slightest touch. Shred it up with two forks and let it soak up the juices collected in the slow cooker.
Cilantro and Mint Chutney
Now this is a Bakshi family classic. My parents always have this stocked in the refrigerator because it’s great as a dip, topping and even marinade for all sorts of proteins. Here's what you'll need:
Cilantro, 2 cups
Mint, 2 cups
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Lemon juice from one whole lemon
Put all ingredients into a blender, and boom, you're done! I also add one whole jalapeno for a bit of heat. The chutney pairs perfectly with the BBQ pulled pork. Layer the pulled pork and chutney on a tortilla for a perfect summer taco.
Classic Mexican Margarita
Restaurant margaritas are mostly full of sugary syrups that can account for more than 400 calories in a single glass! This margarita recipe is a classic, with all natural ingredients, and without any of the sugary fuss.
Water, 1 cup
Tequila, 1 cup
Lime Juice, 1 cup
Agave nectar, 1/4 cup
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Does it get any easier than this? What’s essential about a classic margarita is that it calls for equal parts water, tequila, and lime juice, with agave just added to preference. For frozen margaritas, use a blender and lots of ice with the same ingredients. Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon, and a pinch of sea salt.