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hardlikearmour

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added over 5 years ago

The current chili contest may have some good inspiration for you.
http://www.food52.com/recipes...
http://www.food52.com/recipes...
As for dessert you could make flan, tres leches, or churros.

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added over 5 years ago

Mexican Corn, cucumbers with lemon, salt, and a few dashes of Tapatio, Grilled/marinated mushrooms fajita style, Guacamole!

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added over 5 years ago

A corn side dish with a kick (http://www.food52.com/recipes...) or a salad with some Mexican flair.

I have never had this particular recipe, but it's use of cactus sounds interesting:
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

Personally, I like to saute a variety of julienned peppers and onions for a simple, yet delicious side!

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added over 5 years ago

I always make a jalapeno-apple slaw with my mexican dinners:

http://www.food52.com/recipes...

For dessert, how about a refreshing sorbet or ice cream recipe...there are many found here on Food52!

PS - black bean enchiladas sound delicious

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added over 5 years ago

How about some sauteed greens -- milder ones like swiss chard or spinach?

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pierino

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added over 5 years ago

Birria, goat stew, would hit the spot with me.

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Two important sides, drinks and dessert. Cervezaritas/adult beverage and for dessert Kahlua flan garnished with a drizzle of kahlua, toasted slivered almonds and a little orange zest. Rum and brown sugar glazed grilled pineapple and peaches.

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added over 5 years ago

We like to make this salad with our enchiladas, since they are quite heavy and filling: sprinkle arugula with salt, toss with lime juice and olive oil to taste, add sliced avocado, and orange sections. Yummy!
We also frequently have Fine Cooking's Cocoa Snack Cake with Ganache for dessert with Mexican meals. You can find it on their website.

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added over 5 years ago

Make a great slaw with purple cabbage. This is what our local Mexican restaurant serves. Please also try my corn and tomato salad. It's good with Mexican food and the grilled corn has a great flavor: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added over 5 years ago

I´d go with a cabbage slaw with cilantro, green onions and lime juice (no mayo) or a jicama and mango salad, and then tres leches cake with fruit for dessert (do it as a sheet-cake-- non-scary and low key for your gourmet-averse friend)

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added over 5 years ago

I second the grapefruit/avocado salad idea! Or a jicama salad. Or a sauted corn, onion, and zucchini side. I haven't made this one, but something like this. You could use cilantro instead of mint.

http://www.finecooking...

I also do love a mildly sweet corn pudding made with masa, but that's more on the heavy side....

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I think this would complement the enchiladas. You might tweak it a bit with citrus for the wine vinegar, cilantro, poppy seed optional... It has the crunch and clean taste to complement a baked and sauced dish.

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Fany Gerson

Fany is the author of My Sweet Mexico and Paletas.

added over 5 years ago

if you still want a starchy thing to go with your enchilada I would steam a couple of plantains (or roast in foil in the oven), mash with a fork, season with salt and pepper and put a little queso fresco on top. If you want something more like a vegetable i would sautee some finelly chopped white onion, serrano chile and epazote in vegetable oil and once they are lightly brown, I would add collarls greens or spinach. Season with salt and add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice at the end.