Cinco De Mayo!
10 Appetizers & 10 Cocktails
Have you grabbed your drinks yet? Do you need another round? What are we even celebrating and why?
As you cheers and sip, we have a lineup of interesting facts, stories, and tips on everything Cinco De Mayo we could come up with.
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “Fifth of May”) our annual celebration held on May 5…hence the name! We celebrate this date in order to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. For you history buffs out there, they were under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza!
Keep in mind that sometimes in the US, this holiday is confused with the Mexican day of independence. Not the right date!
So what’s this all about? What battle?
The Battle of Puebla was significant worldwide. Outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a well oiled machine that was the French army. It was supposed to be a ‘no contest’. Talk about flipping the script. Looking through the numbers, sources write that 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000. If you ignore the odds and ratios, the French army notoriously had not been defeated for almost 50 years!
According to Justo Sierra (historian at play), if Mexico failed and did not defeat the French in Puebla….France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy! Let that one sink in for a second.
In the US, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico in what appears to be a celebration of Mexican-American culture. And it’s a great one! In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, and we found that these ceremonies are through military parades.
How about those holiday celebrations?
If you read a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of this holiday in the United States, they report that in 1860, Mexican miners located in Columbia State Park (back then it was a town named Columbia), caught wind of the victory and celebrated by lighting off their guns and fireworks along with belting out songs of home.
As we all know, there are TONS of special events and celebrations highlighting Mexican culture. You can catch a glimpse of it in the music and traditional regional dancing.
Recipes for Cinco de mayo
Everybody loves a good meal, but with this holiday you’re not sitting down – are you? No! You’re up, you’re dancing around, cheers’ing with friends, catching a selfie or ten…you’re making sure that you’re having a good time. Let’s make sure that your belly has a good time too.
Appetizers are the WAY. TO. GO. And do we have a list for you!
1. Salsa Verde Queso
You can never have enough queso recipes.
Here’s all you need:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. salsa verde
1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/3 c. sour cream
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
Pickled jalapeños, for garish
Tortilla chips, for serving
2 Shrimp Tostada Bites
The perfect summer appetizer for those who celebrate summer early
Toss shrimp with salt, chipotle powder and lime juice.
Let stand for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in skillet over medium‑high heat.
Fry shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Place 1 tsp (5 mL) guacamole on each round.
Top each with a shrimp and cilantro leaf.
Serve with lime wedges.
3 Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip
Hands down the undisputed champion of cheesy goodness all in a dip
2 ears corn (about 2 cups corn kernels)
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped hot or mild pickled jalapeno pepper slices
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Few dashes green Tabasco sauce, to taste
4 Mini Tamale Pies
Hawt tamale! We have some hot tamale!
For the win – we mean crust:
1/2 cups masa harina
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup vegetable oil
You’ll need this for the filling:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, small dice (about 1 cup)
2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
5 Nachos Supreme
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
1 package any of your favorite Fajitas Seasoning Mix
1/4 cup water
8 cups restaurant-style tortilla chips (8 ounces)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 ounces), divided
6 Fresh Tomato Salsa
*crunch* – oh sorry, was someone eating the tortilla chips?..
2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed
1/2 red onion
2 serrano chiles or 1 jalapeño chile (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste
Juice of one lime
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of dried oregano (crumble in your fingers before adding), more to taste
Pinch of ground cumin, more to taste
7 Buffalo Chicken Nachos
These nachos are ….just try them
3/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing, divided
1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 (13 ounce) package restaurant-style white corn tortilla chips (such as Tostitos(R))
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup pickled jalapeno pepper slices
4 ounces precooked bacon, crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
8 Tamale Dip
Saute green onions and butter in large saucepan.
Add the Ro-tel to saucepan.
Next, add chili and mix until combined.
Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and tamales.
Stir well and break up tamales.
Add cheese. …
Transfer all into crock pot on low, so it will stay hot.
Serve, hot with corn chips.
9 Cowboy Queso
1/2 lb. ground beef
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
3/4 cup Pale Ale beer (
1 (16 oz.) block Velveeta cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 (14.5-oz.) can Rotel Tomatoes, partially drained
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 finely diced red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
10 Chicken Enchilada Dip
Drip..drip that saliva is on full blast when you smell this coming down the kitchen pipe
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas Cooking spray
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
3 (10-ounce) cans enchilada sauce, divided
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup sliced ripe olives 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
How about cocktails and drinks for those appys?
1 Sour Apple Margaritas
1 lime wedge
½ cup jalapeno simple syrup
1 cup sour green apple juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¾ cup tequila
1/4 cup triple sec or grand marnier
Jalapeno Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
lime wedges for garnish
2 Blue Crush Margaritas
Not only a good movie – but a delicious drink…now combine the two into a game…
2 limes, sliced into wedges
Course salt, for rimming glasses
1/4 c. Blue Curacao
3 oz. tequila
3 oz. triple sec
1/3 c. lime juice
1 can seltzer
2 c. ice
3 Pink Señoritas
She’s little and comes in pink but don’t let pleasantries fool you – she’s a crowd favorite
2 ounces, fluid Tequila
4 ounces, fluid Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
1 ounce, fluid Simple Syrup
2 dashes Cranberry Juice
Fresh Mint For Garnish
4 Frozen Pineapple Margaritas
That’s right – everything comes in Margarita flavor, you’ll never forget this one!
1 1/2 cups ice
4 cups fresh pineapple; chopped; plus a few chunks for optional garnish
1/3 cup fresh lime juice , plus some pulp
1/2 cup tequila silver
1/4 cup orange liqueur (triple sec or cointreau)
1/4 cup agave syrup (or simple syrup); more if desired
5 Mimosa Margaritas
We love margs, you love margs, everybody loves a mimosa – combine the two right now!
1 can (12oz) frozen concentrated orange juice
¼ cup orange liquor
4 cups ice
1 Fresh resh orange
6 Tequila Sunrise Margarita
That’s right, you read this one correctly.
Red colored sugar
cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
2 – 3
cups freshly squeezed lime juice
cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
cups orange juice
orange slices (optional)
7 Grapefruit Margaritas
We can never leave out any fruits on this holiday in particular!
2 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces tequila, silver or reposado
3/4 ounce Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
agave nectar for sweetening, to taste
optional: lime wedge and salt for rimming the glass
8 Champagne Margaritas
Champagne for the pain with margs and dancing in the rain, it’s insane(ly) good!
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
1 cup agave silver tequila
1 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 bottle (750 mL) champagne (about 3 cups)
lime wedges and coarse salt or sugar to rim the glasses
(optional: additional sweetener such as sugar, honey, agave, etc.)
9 Slushy Margarita Shots
From the window, to the wall, all these people will crawl hand over hand to get to this delicious beverage.
6 oz. tequila
2 Limes, juiced
2 tbsp. agave nectar
1 c. ice, chopped in the blender
1 lime wedge
Salt, for rimming glasses
Chopped strawberries, pineapple, blackberries, and raspberries , for shots
10 Bulldog Margaritas
5 CUPS ICE
1 CUP TEQUILA
1/2 CUP GRAND MARNIER
1 CUP SIMPLE SYRUP
6 BOTTLES CORONA BEER
1/3 CUP SMOKED SEA SALT
So there you have it ladies and gents! We learned where this beautiful holiday originated, why we celebrated it, and just how deliciously tasty the day can be!