Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta

This blog post has been sponsored by El Monterey. All opinions are my own.

cinco de mayo partyI’ve got to tell you prior to last year I had NO idea what Cinco de Mayo was even about.  If you are in the same boat let me quickly recap what I learned:

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4500 men faced 6000 French soldiers.  Long story short, the Mexicans won and so they party.

But the more the merrier, right?!  I’m all about celebrating and hosting a party because that equals fun times no matter what the occasion.

cinco de mayo party food

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart or a Pinterest perfect homemaker to plan a fiesta (no really, see I did it and I have none of the abilities either of them have).  Here are a few ideas to get you started to host a Cinco de Mayo party everyone will enjoy.

el monterey taquitos packaging

This year, try spicing up your fiesta with El Monterey taquitos, including their new bold flavor Fiery Hot Chicken (oh my gosh these are authentically hot!) and the seasoned battered Southwest Chicken and Taco Seasoned Beef & Cheese.   They are so easy to make.  Just pop them in your oven and in less than 15 minutes you have a tray of golden, crispy, full flavored snacks or appetizers, stuffed with meat and cheese to set out on the table to feed your guests.

fiesta el monterey taquitos

el monterey taquitos tray

el monterey taco seasoned beef cheese

el monterey southwest chicken taquitos

el monterey fiery hot chickenBut every party has to have something for your guest to dip into!  And when it comes to taquitos the perfect complement is a Salsa Bar.

fiesta salsa bar cinco de mayo

From traditional guacamole to a pineapple peach salsa, I chose a range of mild to hot festive flavors to dip the El Monterey taquitos in.  From smooth to chunky there was something for everyone and having a variety of flavors to choose from instead of just one or two, kicked the party up a notch.

salsa bar cinco de mayo

salsa bar 2 cinco de mayoDare I say it isn’t a fiesta unless a margarita makes an appearance?  In this case it’s non-alcoholic so everyone can enjoy it, and likely it’s actually more of a ‘punch’ than a margarita, but I sugared the rim and poured it in a margarita glass – so I say that makes it a margarita .

virgin mango peach sparkling margarita

cinco de mayo virgin margarita

If you want to make this tasty treat for your own Cinco de Mayo party here’s the recipe:

Virgin Mango Peach Sparkling Margarita
serves 6

Ingredients
22 oz. of mango nectar
4 peach mango frozen ice bars (approximately 77 grams each)
8 oz. of peach flavored carbonated water beverage
colored sugar crystals

Pour sugar crystals in shallow bowl or on a plate that has a large enough diameter to place your margarita glass on.  Dip the rim of the glass in water and then press it into the sugar crystals so the rim is covered.  You may have to move the edge of the glass around your bowl or plate some to ensure coverage around the whole rim.  Set glasses aside.

Remove the ice pops from the sticks and place in blender, and then add the mango nectar.  Blend until the ice pops are broken up and then to your desired consistency (if you’d like a chunkier more frozen drink stop blending before the ice pops are fully blended).  Add the flavored carbonated water.  Pour into margarita glasses and serve immediately.


mango peach sparkling virgin margarita words

Decorating for Cinco de Mayo is easy enough too!  I picked up the the sign, the fiesta letters and the napkins (as well as the cute little salsa cups and spoons) at a party store all for under $20.  And the little cards are from a free downloadable printable pdf I found online.  So if you’re missing the crafty gene, no worries!


el monterey taquitos salsa bar cinco de mayo words

As an aside if Cinco de Mayo snuck up on you and party planning this year is just not in your schedule, you can still put a smile on your kids’ faces by whipping up an easy Cinco de Mayo Bento Lunch featuring El Monterey Taquitos as their protein, some Strawberry Sombreros, Grape & Pretzel Maracas, a Cheese Confetti Piñata (compelte with pretzel stick to whack it open) and a colorful drink to wash it down.  You can see more detailed pictures of this Cinco de Mayo Bento Lunch here.

Cinco de Mayo themed bento lunch for kids

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your own way?

For more Cinco de Mayo party recipe ideas, visit the El Monterey website! Plus check out El Monterey’s Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter  and on Instagram for more inpsiration.

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Comments

  1. Annmarie W. says:

    I love the idea of the salsa bar…with all different kinds of salsa & toppings!

  2. Maralea says:

    I love how you have the table set up. The name cards are all super cute!

  3. Dorothy Teel says:

    I loved the Salsa bar, with all the different types to try, that way you could taste new ones and get a little of them all, your bento tray was cute with the maracas made with pretzels and grapes, black olives could also be used

  4. Elena says:

    I like the variety of salsa sauces you served

  5. steve weber says:

    The salsa bar is genius, also the name cards of the different flavors.

  6. Nancy says:

    I like that you had a variety of salsas and a variety of dips on your buffet. It lets everyone have their favorite.

  7. Kimberly Bauer says:

    I love how you made the presentation look so great. The cards to show what each product is were done so beautifully:)

  8. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I love all of the different salsa's and dips!

  9. shelly peterson says:

    Love all the different salsa's you have, they all look so delicious! Gives every one options.

  10. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I like the idea of the Salsa Bar.

  11. MaryJane says:

    My favorite is the Mango Peach Sparkling Virgin Margaritas. 🙂 All the displays are very neat.

  12. Deb K says:

    My favorite is the Salsa bar too~made me hungry just looking at it 🙂

  13. Julie Bickham says:

    Would love to do a make your own taco buffet for a Cinco de mayo party.

  14. Heather B says:

    I love the salsa bar, great display and colors too!

  15. Kristen says:

    I like the colorful sugar you used on the glass rims.

  16. kj skib says:

    I love going out for margaritas with my girlfriends and eating tacos with guacamole!

  17. Denise C says:

    I usually just make salsa for 5/5. I feel like an underachiever now ; )

  18. Francine Anchondo says:

    the salsa bar

  19. Brandy says:

    We always have margaritas and make-your-own tacos/burritos.

  20. tammie says:

    I like the colored sugar on the glasses. It makes them look fancier. May 5th was the day I found out I was pregnant with my son. No drinking for me that year.

  21. Your spread is very well organized and laid out. It looks like you have a dip for every taste. I also like the non-alcoholic margaritas because I don't drink.

  22. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Unfortunately, my husband won't each much more than fast food type tacos, but my daughter and I love more traditional Mexican food. We're in NW Indiana so we do have a number of really good restaurants that we love to eat at. She'll be working late that day, but I'm planning on picking up something for her for lunch and will eat with her where she works. I'd love to do more of a spread, like you have ideas for above, at a different time.

  23. My fav part is the decorating. Sad, isn't it? I just love it!!!

  24. Brynn says:

    WE love making margaritas! Yum yum

  25. Denise S says:

    I like those colorful drinks and the glasses.

  26. Margaret Smith says:

    What a great party plan. Love the Virgin Mango Peach Sparkling Margarita. Really want to give these a try. I'd also love to try the Taquitos. They really look delicious.

  27. McKim says:

    We are planning a Cinco de Mayo carry-in at work. I like the variety of foods that everyone brings in.

  28. I loved the Cinco De Mayo themed lunch!! So cute

  29. Marti Tabora says:

    I love the presentation and I like the way you have all the different types of taquitos. That way there is something for everyone,

  30. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I love the glasses-very cute! I also like the colored sugar on the rims. Nice!

  31. Mary Cloud says:

    We don't really do anything for Cinco de Mayo but I love your ideas from your post – I think I would definitely give some of them a try
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  32. charles h. says:

    I am going to have some, Shell Shockers!!

  33. Trisha B says:

    I love all of the different fun shapes and sizes of serving glasses and bowls you used.

  34. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says:

    I want to try the Mango Peach Sparkling Virgin Margaritas. we love the different flavored taquitos with sour cream, avocado, and salsa

  35. rbnadel says:

    A wonderful array of Mexican foods for the coolest cinco de mayo ever…EVER !

  36. Katherine Oliveira says:

    I love the salsa bar! What a genius idea! I will most definitely be using this in the future!

  37. Linda Birdsell says:

    I love the Cindo De Mayo themed lunch!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Jackie says:

    I love the Salsa Bar…what a fun idea! And the Virgin Mango Peach Sparkling Margarita sounds delicious!

  39. candy kratzer wenzel says:

    I would do a nacho/taco bar and a few different flavored margaritas.

  40. Robin says:

    I loved the different type of salsa sauces you served.

  41. Erica C. says:

    Fiery hot chicken looks good.

  42. christine jessamine says:

    I like the salsa bar idea.

  43. Susan Christy says:

    My favorite part is cooking the food which is fun and relaxing for me. I love looking at recipes (thank you Pinterest!) for new ideas. Taste testing the margaritas is always a highlight too!!

  44. Samantha Daleo says:

    I guess I would get sombreros for everyone to wear and serve yummy mexican food of course.

  45. danielle hall says:

    i love your range of salsa's on display

  46. natalie yeoman says:

    i really liked all the different sauces you had to offer

  47. Teresa Thompson says:

    I like the looks of everything, especially the salsas.

  48. kathleen says:

    I love the salsa bar idea.

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  49. REbecca peters says:

    I love all the mexican food

  50. Miz Vickik says:

    I love the make your own taco bar!

  51. Connie says:

    I love how you set everything up! Great presentation. Great Product!

  52. Karrie Millheim says:

    I love the Cinco de Mayo Salsa Bar. I am going to do this for my family. such a great idea!!

  53. kyl neusch says:

    variety of salsa sauces you served

  54. Rebecca Lock says:

    I like how you have all the toppings in those cute clear containers.

  55. Vikki Billings says:

    We always have a nacho bar, next time I would love to add the salsa bar to it. I think my family would really enjoy the addition.

  56. Trisha McKee says:

    Definitely a party with lots of margaritas.

  57. Dorothy Teel says:

    Got my coupons today,k thank you so very much to grocery store tomorrow..

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