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Each year, as May approaches, my hubby and I vow to create a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo to rival all others. Unfortunately, busy schedules and crazy days usually get in the way and we end up eating our Mexican fiesta at a local restaurant. This year, I decided to jazz up some Delimex Taquitos and Tamales with a few must-have sides for the perfect Cinco de Mayo tablescape. With just a few simple ingredients, you can take your party from blah to delicioso!
By using Delimex staples such as Chicken Taquitos (corn or flour) and Beef Tamales, the creative efforts in the kitchen can be spent putting together sides and drinks that are sure to wow your guests. First up? A Fresh Sweet Mango Salsa!
Perfect for dipping chips, Taquitos or serving on top of Beef Tamales. Delimex Tamales can be steamed or placed in the microwave for simple, authentic serving!
- 1 carton of cherry tomatoes (or similar)
- ¼ c. of diced red onion
- ⅓ of a jalapeño, diced (seeds optional)
- ½ of a mango, diced
- Pinch of salt
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 sprigs of cilantro
- Dice all vegetables and combine.
- Squeeze lime.
- Add salt and cilantro.
- Stir together and allow flavors to combine in refrigerator.
Another favorite of ours is GUACAMOLE! My boys literally go crazy over this delicious blend and it’s pretty simple – you will already have the ingredients on hand thanks to your salsa! Simply blend or mash together 2 avocados, 1/4 c. of diced red onion, a pinch of salt, 1/3 of a jalapeño, diced (with seeds) and a sprig of cilantro. Squeeze a bit of lime juice and mix well. Toss in the pit of the avocado to help with browning!
We also love serving our Mexican dishes with a side of simple rice and beans. (I use 10 minute rice – hello, easy! and canned black beans!) I then squeeze a bit of lime, add some salt and bake for about five minutes to melt some shredded cheese.
Once you’ve gotten your sides put together, it’s time for your Taquitos prep. We placed ours flat in an oven-safe dish and baked for 11 minutes at 400 degrees.
Perfectly crisp and warmed throughout, they were ready to serve with our other sides and toppings.
Since Cinco de Mayo falls on work night (and the kids will be with us), I opted to create a fun Kid-Friendly Frozen Sangria that’s basically frozen slushy heaven. It’s simple to make and can be customized for flavors, but as with anything for this fiesta, serving in fun bright colors or fancy glasses can make all the difference!
Gather your ingredients and blend well: 8 ice cubes, 1/2 c. cranberry-raspberry cocktail, 1/2 c. lemon lime soda, 1/2 c. white grape juice, 1/3 diced fresh mango, and juice from one lime. Blend well, serve in a fancy glass & add a straw, mint leaf and lime slice for extra oomph.
A Cinco de Mayo (or really any day consumption of Mexican cuisine) does not have to mean hours in the kitchen. By grabbing some Delimex Tamales, Taquitos or Tacos, you can jazz things up with a few other quick recipes. Delimex can be found in your local Walmart’s frozen food section (ours was near the pizza).
Once you have all the ingredients for your fiesta, Provecho!
What are your favorite ways to enjoy Cinco de Mayo?