Cinco de Mayo Menu!
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that’s celebrated throughout the United States and Mexico. It’s literally translated as the fifth of May which, not coincidentally, is the day on which the holiday is celebrated. It’s a day to celebrate Mexican pride and heritage. In Mexico the holiday is celebrated to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862.
Even if you’re not of Mexican descent, it’s a day to have fun and enjoy the food, festivities, traditions, and flavors of Mexico. If you want to host a Cinco de Mayo celebration this year, consider the following menu options.
Guacamole is a traditional favorite. Made with avocados, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and lime juice. This fresh dip pairs well with basic tortilla chips. It’s also tasty as a vegetable dip or as a topping for tacos and burritos.
Goat Cheese Queso Dip. If you prefer a richer dip or are a bonafide cheese lover consider making a cheese dip. Melt goat and Monterey jack cheese together. Combine with a half cup diced red onion and two chipotles in adobo, seeded and minced.
Early May is usually the start of grilling season. You can enjoy the grill and Mexican food by making fajitas, which use grilled onions, peppers and steak. Served on a tortilla, this is a tasty dish.
Quesadillas can also be enjoyed on the grill. Grill your favorite meat, like chicken, fish, or steak. You can also grill vegetables like zucchini, peppers, and onions. Place between two tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. Then grill the quesadilla until the cheese is melted and serve.
Mole is a traditional sauce served on the holiday. It’s a spicy sauce often served with chicken or pork. It is a unique sauce with cocoa powder and cinnamon as two of the primary seasonings.
Salads and Sides:
Along with your main dish you may want to consider serving, refried beans, seasoned rice, or a layered Mexican salad. A Mexican layered salad contains layers of the following:
- green peppers
- tortilla chips
- and a seasoned dressing.
You can’t have a festive celebration without dessert. Consider Pan Dulce as your Cinco de Mayo dessert of choice. They’re small sweet breads topped with a sugary glaze. Flan and rice pudding are also two traditional Mexican desserts.
And while you’re planning your Cinco de Mayo menu don’t forget the beverages. A tasty non-alcoholic beverage is the Agua Fresca. They normally contain cold water, agave, lime juice and a fruit of your choice. For example a Mango agua fresca would contain a mango. Blend the ingredients, strain, and serve over ice. For adults you just cannot go wrong with sangria or a margarita.
Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic way to celebrate the Mexican culture and all it has to offer. Start planning your menu. Invite friends over and enjoy the holiday.