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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

A recipe for a fiesta! The atmosphere? Vibrant. The food? Spicy. The people? Hot, hot, hot, of course

The Menu

This menu of Mexican favorites packs plenty of flavor for a lively fiesta. 

Taqueria Style Tacos--Carne Asada: Marinated steak is served in corn tortillas and topped with onion cilantro relish and homemade salsa.


  • Prep everything the day before. Cook the meat at party time.
  • Always protect your hands with rubber or latex gloves when handling peppers.
  • Sauté sliced peppers and onions to fill vegetarian tacos.
  • Serve tacos with rice, beans, and all the other fixin's (salsa, guacamole, sour cream, etc.) that make for a delicious a taco bar.
  • Invest in tortilla warmers---you can find plastic warmers at very reasonable prices.

Chicken Enchiladas I: Flour tortillas, chicken, and a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce are literally all rolled into one.

Note: This dish can be prepared earlier in the day and refrigerated (or frozen in advance--thaw overnight). Wait to cover enchiladas with taco sauce and Cheddar cheese until right before baking.

Churros: Mexican fritters are a sweet end to a spicy meal.

Note: Churros can be made the day before and stored in an airtight container.

Margaritas: Whip out the blender for this adults-only slushy!

Party Tips

Spring is at its best in May, so take the party outside! Hang colorful strings of mini-lantern lights and enhance the evening glow with a scattering of tea lights.

Set up a table for the taco bar and enchiladas with a separate area for margaritas. And for those who don’t remember tequila fondly, mix a pitcher of sangria and put some Mexican beer on ice. Set chips, salsa, and guacamole trios in a few hot spots around the party, and serve churros with pieces of parchment paper wrapped around each base.

As for the fun and games…hang a piñata and let each guest take a swing at it with a stick or plastic bat. Everyone gets a blindfold and three attempts--the guest with the winning blow gets a bottle of tequila and two shot glasses to take home.

    Ready to get your fiesta on?

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