This post was sponsored by HERDEZ® and WeAllGrow Latina. All opinion and thoughts are my own.

As a fellow Angeleno I consider my backyard being San Diego because it is relatively close, well actually it should not take you 4 hours to drive from one city to the other like it happened to me recently when I attended the Cinco de Mayo Street Taco Fiesta hosted by Chef Marcela and Herdez. On a good day without traffic you can make the drive from point A to point B in 2 hours or less so don’t be alarmed.

This past Cinco de Mayo I felt honored to have been invited to Chef Marcela’s beautiful home to enjoy a real authentic and culturally-filled fiesta w/ delicious food, music, views and vibrant colors everywhere I looked. I truly felt as if this was the right way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo if anyone would ever decide to make this a celebration because we enjoyed of great company while being cognizant of culture, tradition, food and folklore.

It was not your typical Cinco de Mayo fiesta because I heard from everyone that they all played a role in preparing the dinner. Well of course that happened because it was a cooking class hosted by the chef. Something I supported with was arriving just in time to help in consuming the yummy goods. Lol

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Hands down this has been by far one of my favorite blogging experiences because not only did we get to meet Chef Marcela Valladolid who you know as the co-host for Food Network’s show The Kitchen, but also has launched her third book called “Casa Marcela”. She invited a small group of influencers into her stunningly beautiful home to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. When my fiancee saw the pictures of the intimate event she was a bit jelly that she was not able to participate. Lol

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During the event the other special guest was Herdez® new Guacamole Salsa. Chef Marcela showed us how to make homemade Tacos de Adobada and other taco fillings that were to die for! As I am typing this blog post for you all to read I am savoring those tacos. You know about those tacos that you have at your all-time favorite taco stand that’s how delicious they were. TASTY!

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The tacos are traditionally made with a whole pork shoulder that is roasted all day until it is tender. This shortcut version was made with slices of pork shoulder, bacon, a homemade adobo sauce and fresh pineapple. The best part is that it only takes 45 minutes instead of having it cook all day.

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Chef Marcela cooked each taco for every guest and I felt honored and humbled. To add to the great taste the tacos were topped with Herdez® Guacamole Salsa. I am glad we were given some jars and now have a good stash in my kitchen for when I want to prepare my own recipes using Herdez® Guacamole Salsa like I have done in the following meal that I will present to you.

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At Chef Marcela’s home the celebration continued and we took part in a family-style sit down dinner where we had salmon-baked tacos, esquites and margaritas. The tacos paired or topped with the flavor of the Herdez® Guacamole Salsa was scrumptious. It was the perfect combination because I could taste a real avocado and a spicy kick of authentic salsa verde. It’s such a versatile salsa that you can pair it with almost any dish.

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After the food the dessert arrived and it was a Flan de Coco — so good or you could also order some “paletas de nieve” from the “carrito de paletas.”

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This was true 5 de Mayo Street Taco Fiesta that I will never forget because it celebrated culture, tradition and there was food. I am grateful to Chef Marcela and the Herdez® team for being so welcoming even when I arrived late because of traffic.

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Like I mentioned earlier we were gifted several Herdez® Guacamole Salsa jars and at home I cooked a healthy turkey “picadillo” or what would be known in English as a green chili.

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The turkey chili was accompanied with Herdez® Guacamole Salsa to give it an authentic Mexican flavor. Herdez® Guacamole Salsa is so versatile that you can use it as a dip, topping, or in a food recipe like I decided to do.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
* Turkey meat
* Red and green bell peppers
* Purple Onion
* 2 garlic cloves
* Salt and pepper
* Quinoa
* Olive Oil
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How to prepare Turkey “Picadillo”:
1. Chop the garlic, bell peppers and onions into small pieces.
2. Place olive oil into a pan and once it warms up place the onions and garlic.
3. Once hat has turned a golden color place the onions and bell peppers inside as well.
4. Once all of those ingredients have cooked place the turkey in the pan and continue cooking.
5. Mix all ingredients and let everything cook.
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How to prepare Quinoa:
1. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot.
2. After water has boiled mix 1 cup of raw quinoa.
3. Cover the pot and let it cook. Once the water has evaporated completely the quinoa will ready.
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Serve the turkey “picadillo” on a plate accompanied w/ a side of quinoa and topped with Herdez® Guacamole Salsa. It will be delicious.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HERDEZ® and WeAllGrow Latina. The opinions and text are all mine.

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