You Can Throw This Cinco de Mayo Party Food Together in Just 25 Minutes
Throw a party inspired by Mexican street food. It’s fun, vibrant cooking that’s ready in less than an hour.
April 19, 2018
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From refreshing beer cocktails, to chunky guacamole and mouthwatering tacos, we’ve taken the authentic taste of Mexican street food to the comfort of your own back yard. Here, you'll find cocktail recipes, appetizers, a main course and dessert that are all ready in no time!
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Offering sweet and tangy notes, mangoes balance perfectly against rich and creamy avocado. Try this guac as a dip with chips or as a topping for fish or chicken tacos.
Masa harina adds delicate corn flavor to these pancakes. Look for it on the baking aisle. Not just for tortillas or our pancakes, masa harina (a fine corn flour) also adds grit-free body to sauces and a crisp, crusty coating to sautéed fish or chicken.
Turn your kitchen island into a Mexican street food cart offering Carne Asada-style tacos. Fresh cilantro leaves, orange juice, and glorious bold-flavored spices unite to leave lasting impression on your guests.
Esquites is a cousin to elote—that street food favorite of creamy cheese-coated corn cobs. You can also find this off-the-cob version with Mexican street food vendors. It's great on its own or served as a side dish with grilled meats.
Cut-up frozen fruit is the trick for lightning-quick sorbet. Banana gives the sorbet that rich, creamy soft-serve texture. If you wish to make ahead, freeze in an airtight container and defrost in 30-second intervals in the microwave (30% power) until soft enough to scoop (about 1½ minutes total). Serve in chilled bowls to keep it frosty.
Get your fiesta started with this frosty chiller. The best part? Guests can mix their own. Offer garnishes such as sliced limes and pickled jalapeños for DIY bartending. For this quick blend, simply combine 6 ounces Mexican pilsner beer (such as Pacifico) with 2 ounces Bloody Mary mix. If this pairing isn't to your liking, try one of our other favorite Beer Cocktail variations.