Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Since I knew I’d be traveling this week and my boys LOVE a good cindo de mayo celebration, we had it the night before I left!

I set up everything on the island in the kitchen. We enjoyed “walking tacos” and fixings, churro ice cream bowls and Ranch Water (for the adults, of course)! We also asked Alexa to play Mariachi music, which was a festive addition to our night. She can be really useful!

Ranch Water Cocktails

I shared the recipe last week!

Daddy OLE’s Salsa

We started with Daddy-O’s salsa, cheese dip, sour cream and chips.

  • 1 large can whole tomatoes
  • 1 regular sized can tomato sauce
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 4-5 green onions (remove roots and last few inches of green)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (tough stems removed)

Throw everything in a food processor or blender and mix well. Leave slightly chunky!

Taco “Charcuterie” Board

The star of the show was really in the presentation of our usual taco night favorites! My boys love the tiny tortilla bowls that come in a kit from the grocery store.

My board:

  • This year I used my Happy Everything round platter with a cute taco attachment.
  • My alternate wood board is from Target in the Hearth and Hand line. I purchased it in late December 2019. It is available online here.
  • When using wood, I cut parchment paper to cover the bottom of the board and then put my toppings on that, so as to not ruin the wood with wet things. It is food safe, but you wouldn’t want to have to submerge it in water (in my opinion) for a deep cleaning.

Arranging tips:

  • Start with the items you will have in bowls. Spread them out on the board.
  • Add the biggest item next.
  • Continue working with the next biggest item to go on your board.
  • Consider colors when placing them. I spread out my yellows (cheese and corn) and reds (radish and tomato).
  • Use things like herbs and halved fruits/veggies to easily fill in the gaps. For tacos, I split up a whole bunch of cilantro and the leftover limes from the margs to do this.

Our fiesta included:

  • small tortilla bowls
  • jalapenos
  • cheese dip
  • lettuce shreds
  • salsa
  • tomato
  • limes
  • cheese
  • chicken – the best recipe ever
  • beans
  • cilantro

Churro Ice Cream Bowls

I’ve been making knock off churros for 11 years and was inspired to try something new last year. These are so much fun and everyone enjoys them!

  • 1 box frozen puff pastry shells
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • chocolate ice cream

Bake and prepare to package directions.  Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Remove pastry from oven and cool for 5 minutes before removing the centers. Use a pastry brush to coat sides and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Fill with scoops of chocolate ice cream before serving!

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