Cinco de Mayo – A Fiesta with Great Food!

It’s Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) and time to get out your sombrero and celebrate! It is an important day in Mexico’s history, celebrated with food and family. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is often called Mexican Independence Day in error since Mexico declared its independence on September 16, 1810, some fifty years earlier. Celebrations include not only wonderful Mexican foods, but also parades, mariachi music, and folk dancing.

Be sure to crack open the piñata full of Mexican recipes gathered especially for this holiday. You can have anything from salsa, creamy guacamole, zesty quesadillas or enchiladas.  Whatever you have, make sure you make this Cinco de Mayo’s menu as flavorful to eat as it is fun to make.  If you are having guest over, plan your menu for the approximate amount of people that you are expecting and then add portions for about 25 per cent more. You never want to run out of food and drinks.

Cinco de Mayo is a perfect day to serve all food buffet style. Set up serving stations scattered about the room, so there will not be a long line or pile up anywhere. Start with your appetizer and salsa bar. Have a variety of tortilla chips, blue corn chips and even vegetable chips. Compliment these with your salsa selections Fresh guacamole is a must and make sure that you have lots of it.

I have some recipes of some tasty, easy to make dishes or you can make a main station.

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Yogurt Sauce

Southwestern Taco Dip

Quick Quesadilla Pockets 

You have a buffet style main dish include all the fixings for fajitas, including beef, chicken and shrimp. Include the hot soft tortillas, with sides of grilled peppers and onions, black and refried beans, rice and shredded cheese.

Of course you can’t forget the margaritas.  You can have the traditional margaritas, but don’t be afraid to try some new flavors such as mango margaritas or pineapple-chile margaritas. If you like, have some Mexican wine or Sangria.