A Recipe for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 5th may celebrate Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, but it’s also a great excuse to serve up a sampling of everyone’s favorite dishes from our neighbor to the south. Whether you want to set up the best-ever taco bar or create the perfect margarita, go loco and celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with our five favorite recipes.

Dip It: Celebrate in style with scrumptious dipping appetizers like a tangy, zesty Tomatillo Salsa Verde, a chunky Guacamole with Cumin or a fresh Peach Salsa. These starters full of flavor will kick off your evening festivities with a bang.

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos: These quick and easy tacos are loaded with so much flavor from the abundance of beans and sweet corn kernels – even meat eaters will love them! Topped with avocado and a dollop of sour cream, these will be a hit of the evening.

Self-Serve Taco Bar: Guests will have a fun time building a supreme taco tailored to their favorite Mexican toppings, plus your prep time will be pre-party instead of during mingling time. You can also try a sweet twist on the self-serve menu and host a Churro bar with dipping sauces and toppings.

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Carne Asada Fries: This palate pleasing dish of tasty fries topped with carne asada, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo make for a unique dinner perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy!

Mexican Corn on the Cob: This is the best way to serve corn! Grill, smother with cheese mixture containing: mayo, sour cream, cheese, chili powder, garlic, and cilantro, sprinkle with extra cheese and chili powder and serve immediately with lime wedges. Yum…

Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be the same without some amazing sips. Try one of these cocktail recipes including the spicy Amante Picante Margarita that combines jalapeño, cilantro and cucumber, the light, summery cilantro-spiked Cilantro Cooler or a sweet, milky Horchata Milk Shake.

As you indulge in delicious fare on the 5th of May, learn about the significance of Cinco de Mayo and take the time to appreciate Mexican culture. Put up Mexican-style decorations, make a piñata or maracas using the colors of the Mexican flag – green, white and red. Throw on a sombrero and put on some Mexican music and dance, invite the neighbors and have fun!

Looking to mix up your fitness routine? Meet your neighbors and enjoy the fresh air with pop-up Zumba and Yoga classes at Bay Meadows. Or maybe mixing it up with your pooch is more your style. Twilight Tails at Landing Green Park is a chance to meet other dog-owners and hear about local pet resources. Also, keep an eye out for our annual Red Hot Round-Up spicy food truck event this fall and check out our Facebook page for more events.