A Low Carb Look At Cinco De Mayo

Sombrero


Fancy sombrero. Ole!

In truth, I wouldn’t be a card-carryin’ Texan if I did not adore and “almost” worship Tex Mex food, (a cuisine based on interior Mexican traditional foods, jazzed up and tinkered with by Texan chile heads addicted to spice and addicted to messin’ with other regions’ flavor profiles). Indeed, we Texans as a breed, have “we will jack with your food and assimilate your culture” coded into our DNA. Consequently, most Tex Mex food is heavy with spice and heat and served with a side of gooey sauce and melted cheese. And I’m not ashamed to admit. It lures me like the call from “the mother ship.”

Cheese Enchilat Plate

Induction Cheese Enchiladas from Fluffy Chix Cook, are perfectly low carb and Induction-friendly Tex Mex for Cinco de Mayo!

It can’t come as any surprise when I tell you then, that May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, is a celebration enjoyed by all Texans—right alongside our Mexican neighbors and cousins. It’s a food-based  holiday…and a drink-based one to boot. Can it get any better? (And yes, I hear you..You’re sayin’, “But SusieT, ALL your holidays are centered on food. No WONDER you’re still fighting the battle-of-the-fluffy.”)

And I say, “Guilty. Hang me!” For me, low carb is about the journey–not the destination. It’s a lifelong marathon at a very slow and sultry pace, just my style speakin’ from the Texan DFSW perspective of course.

Yep, I love food. I suspect you don’t get to “blossom” as we DFSW’s say (DFSW=Delicate Flower of Southern Womanhood), to 314 lbs, without quite a bit of an “unbalanced” relationship with food. But at nearly 80 lbs lighter than that all-time-record-high of 314, I feel healthier and believe those relationships with food are moving closer towards balance.  For instance, I know unequivocally how to enjoy holidays and celebrations such as our upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration, viva low carb, with nary a slip-up or cheat! Ole! I doubt, however, that I will ever stop believing that preparing food for those you love is not an act of love—especially when it’s homemade, close to the earth type of cooking.

And that’s what we see in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Texas and Mexican mamas the world over, spend Cinco de Mayo cookin’ out of love, to prepare a feast of epic proportions for their family’s enjoyment: para mi familia, para ti.

So just what the heck is Cinco de Mayo? It’s a day that celebrates a small Mexican town’s defeat of invading French forces, way back in 1862. That small town? Puebla. Had they not succeeded, the face and language of Mexico and Texas might look quite different. I could even be asking you, “Parrrr-laaay VUUU Fraan-say?”  Instead, we Texicans hoot and holler and have festivals and parties on May 5 to celebrate our independence and freedom! Restaurants go all out with decorations and bring us great drink and food specials. In fact, imagine a St. Patrick’s Day celebration – it’s kinda like that, only with gorgeous, sparkly costumes and festive dress, instead of green beer and shamrocks! Imagine mariachis! Ole!

Pico De Gallo

Fresh pico de gallo, stuffed in an avocado half, is a perfectly low carb side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

I know as a low carber, the idea that Mexican food or Tex-Mex could be remotely low carb is a paradigm stretcher. It asks you to suspend your sense of disbelief doesn’t it? But with a little advance planning and cunning on our part, low carbers can enjoy low carb Tex-Mex on Cinco de Mayo, and on any other day of the year—no splurging or cheating necessary!

And it doesn’t even matter if you spell Tex-Mex with a hyphen or without one, Tex Mex, or if you run it together like TexMex, or simply spell it in lower case like a whisper—tex mex. Cuz it’s all fan-flamenco-tastico Tex-Mex food, perfectly legal and low carb. No cheatin’ necessary.

So what do you say? Are you up for it?

 

You wanna know some ideas about how to eat a Tex-Mex low carb meal? Well let’s look at the best way to enjoy Tex-Mex at your local restaurant or watering hole.

 It’s Time To Play: The “Instead Of Game”…

  • Instead of a Margarita…

     Have a shot of tequila, a wedge of lime, and a pinch of salt served with a Mich Ultra or Miller Lite poured over ice with a squeeze of lime. Or tea-total it with a big glass of iced tea and a huge hunk of lime. Yum.

  • Instead of Chips and Salsa or Queso and Salsa…

Have pork skins and salsa or queso (BYOPS-bring your own pork skins, I do! And no one even notices!)

  • Instead of flour or corn tortillas…

BYOT (bring your own tortillas—buy ‘em or make Fluffy Chix Cook low carb tortillas, we have recipes for both: low carb corn tortillas and low carb flour tortillas)

  • Instead of any dish with rice and refried beans…

Ask your waiter to bring you grilled veggies or ask for a half an avocado, pico de gallo, and lime wedges

  • Instead of enchiladas and tamales…

Order fajitas or carne asada or pollo asada smothered in cheese and bacon, served with grilled onions and peppers. Order grilled seafood or shrimp brochettes!

  • Instead of tacos and tostadas…

Enjoy a guacamole salad! Eat it with a fork or BYOPS (see above)

  • Instead of Borracho Beans…

Replace with…oh hell, go ahead and indulge in a 1/4 cup of this delightful bean soup. It will NOT hair-lip the pope or cause Mary and the Santos to weep. You will still be low carb afterward and it will only set you back about 12g of net carbs. Sometimes you just have to go for it and say, “Ayyyy carramba!”

By practicing these few little, common sense tips, you can walk out of that restaurant with your sombrero-head held high this Cinco de Mayo; victorious…having scored a yet another victory for Tex-Mex and for low carbers everywhere.

Now, let’s say you don’t FEEL like celebrating Cinco de Mayo in public and instead, want to throw a party or make a festive dinner at home. What’s a practicing low carber to do? Well, if you wanna try Tex-Mex at home, allow me to give you a list of a few of my favorite low carb blog posts from Fluffy Chix Cook. Fluffy Chix Cook may not be the “absolute authority” on low carb Tex-Mex, but I’m willin’ to bet, we are pretty highly ranked on the subject…just ask us—we’re not biased!!! And after all, we’ve been eatin’ Tex-Mex since before we were born. Seriously. Thanks Mama. Ole!

 

Fluffy Chix Cook List of Helpful Low Carb Tex-Mex Delights in Honor of Cinco de Mayo 24/7/365! Ole!

 

Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast taco, low carb style with Fluffy Chix Low Carb Flour Tortillas – Soy Free and Gluten Free

Heck, let’s face it, I could Bubba Gump the heck outta Tex-Mex and go on for days. Pretty much any recipe with a jalapeno in it could be claimed under Tex-Mex laws and under Texan-Rule by Article 109-1 of the Inter-Stellar Texan Supremacy Accord of 1836. In fact, I’ve even been known to Tex-Mex the heck outta peanut butter. That’s right. Peanut Butter. But if you’re “askeered” of aflatoxin ( a bad mamma-jamma found in peanuts), use almond or any nut butter you fancy.

Remember, drink responsibly if imbibing this Cinco de Mayo, dance and sing heartily—especially if Mariachi are involved, and don’t forget to say, “De nada” to our neighbors to the southwest for saving our sorry hides from the French, this May 5.  And remember, eat a little Tex-Mex. It’ll make you el guapo or muy linda and strong like el toro!

 

Susie Snax

Stuffed Jalapenos – 2 Ways

Recipe By: Susie T. Gibbs
Serving Size: 1 Serving            Yield: 1 serving
Preparation Time: 3 Minutes

Another cheap, quick and convenient snack filled with goodness and a bit of heat in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Pimiento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno

Ingredients

  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, canned
  • 2 tablespoons pimiento cheese

1.    Split pickled jalapeno lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
2.    Fill each side with your favorite pimiento cheese.
Per Serving: 59 Calories; 5g Fat (69.3% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 13mg Cholesterol; 569mg Sodium; trace g Net Carbohydrate.

SUSIET’s NOTES:
This Susie Snax is cheesy. It’s salty. It’s hot. What’s not to love? It instantly puts the “mean hungries” to bed; an easy and quick snack, especially when you keep pimiento cheese mixed in the fridge.

Nutty Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, canned
  • 2 tablespoons Laura Scudder’s Organic Peanut Butter

1.    Split pickled jalapeno lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
2.    Fill each side with one tablespoon of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter.

Per Serving: 206 Calories; 16g Fat (71.9% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 473mg Sodium; 4g Net Carbohydrate.

SUSIET’s NOTES:

Mole sauce comprises a big part of authentic Mexican cuisine–made from dozens of ingredients, many of which are nuts. Peanuts have a natural affinity to heat and chile peppers! Try it. It’s unorthodox, but lip smacking delicious! And again, rips the “mean hungries” off the face of the earth!

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Comments

    • says

      Hahaha Andrea! Hysterical! But dang, a low carb beer over ice with lime is great on a hot summer afternoon for about the same (or less) carbs in a glass of dry red wine! And then making a boiler maker out of it by dropping a jigger of tequila in it??? Too fun! :D Ole!

      Susie

    • says

      Karen honey, don’t wait! :D Growing up we had Mexican food at least 1x a week and sometimes 2 times. In those days we didn’t call it Tex Mex, TexMex, texmex, tex mex, or tex-mex! *snort* We just called it ‘supper’ and were darn happy to eat it!

      Tuesday Tacos is a chant the “sock monkey” boys make at regularly scheduled intervals — Tuesday or not! :D

      Love ya and thank you for your support!!!

      S

  1. says

    It all sounds good. If you are eating Paleo are chesse and tortillas allowed? I live in the southwest and think that Mexican food is only allowed on my cheat days.

  2. says

    Hi Adam,

    Depending on who you talk to, cheese “is” or “isn’t” Paleo. I tend to take the more Primal stance with Mark Sisson, but it’s a personal situation. If dairy is a problem for you or you have auto-immune issues, then you might be better off steering clear from it.

    I make our own low carb tortillas and I’m working on developing an oat-free version. I presently use a tiny bit of oat fiber in the tortillas as well as coconut flour and dairy. I’ve very close but until then, as little as I eat them, I’m not going to worry about it. But I did give up all other grains!

    So I know I probably didn’t answer your question, but oats are not Paleo and I don’t know if they are considered Primal. I fall into the 90/10 persuasion believing if I live 90% of the time as I intend to go forward for the future, then I won’t worry about the 10% (which is actually less than that!)

    Thanks and hope you’ll check out Fluffy Chix Cook!

    Regards,

    Susie

    • Joanne morrison says

      Hi Susie,
      I have tried the corn tortillas this past weekend with the Hominy and the baby corn for the masa,. My Masa mix was very wet then it got worse by adding the lard and the water…..I thought it would recover when I added the dry ingredients, but “not”…….I went ahead and made the tortillas and doubling each dough ball( not quite as they were wet still)…..I find get 4 tortillas from doubling the recipe as I wanted to make pizza crust for DH…….could joy glop with consistency ? Please?
      Thanks , Joanne from Canada

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