What is Cinco de Mayo?

Now let’s talk about food. If you haven’t figured out by now, I love food. It’s one of the longest relationships I’ve been committed to in my life (sorry babe). You’ll also note that although I’m not a picky eater, I’m very particular about my food (I once argued with a waiter at a Italian restaurant in Miami that my fettuccine wasn’t prepared right). So one of the things I look forward to when eating out is a well rounded meal. Good drinks and eats. When eating at someone’s place I look forward to the same thing.

With Cinco de Mayo literally around the corner, these are some staples that I always look forward to, but please let’s leave the sombreros and Mexican garb for the Mexicans. They do not belong to you if you are White, Black or Asian (cultural appropriation is not cool). There are ways to enjoy the festivities without being a jackass and what better way than to enjoy the cuisines? Here are some Cinco de Mayo staples everyone planning a party should have, or in other words, don’t invite me over if you don’t have these things.

Fresh Guacamole


What’s any Mexican feast without fresh avocados for guacamole? Key word is fresh. It’s really simple to make with the right…and fresh ingredients. A simple guacamole requires fresh avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, salt and Serrano chiles. What’s odd is I hate onions, but it just makes guacamole work.


Margarita (loaded with Tequila)


A simple limey margarita usually suffices for me as long as it has the good kind of tequila in it (1800 Silver, Herradura Silver, Altos Silver, Patron Silver), but you can also get fancy and creative with it and use different juices, mixers, and bitters.

Classic Margarita

Watermelon Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita

Pear Margarita

Pineapple Margarita




I don’t think I need to explain why tacos are a staple. I’m one of those people who could eat them everyday and any way. I like to mix and match different ingredients and play with flavors.

In the midst of all the chips, dip and beer that you’ll be consuming, you’re gonna want something more filling and tacos do just that without leaving you feeling sluggish.

Loaded Fish Tacos

Braised Pork Tacos

Steak Tacos

Grilled Chicken Tacos

Vegetarian Tacos

So you have your chicken, your pork, beef, veggie option and seafood. I gave you options, but I’m sure there’s loads more you find on the internet.

Tortilla Chips 


Store bought is the simplest way to go, but if you’re one of those fancy folks that just has to make everything yourself, tortilla chips are pretty easy to make. It requires cutting up soft corn tortillas into quarters and baking them. That is all.

Fresh Salsa


What’s chips without a little pico de gallo? I mean it makes for a great taco topping, but it tastes amazing on it’s own…with a few chips. It’s also better when it’s simple, but I’ve tried some pretty creative twists.

Avocado Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Classic Salsa

Grilled Pineapple Salsa



I’m not a huge Corona fan. I prefer Heineken or a hard cider, but either way there’s no way to celebrate a Cinco de Mayo without a couple of cold ones to pair with you chips and salsa.


5 Ingredients Summer Handbook-Sides

As if you need anymore vegetables with all the salsa and taco toppings, but a loaded salad is necessary for any Cinco de Mayo party. It can be eaten alone, but also double as a topping.

Southwestern Corn Chip Salad

Black Bean Salad

Taco Salad

Well, there goes your Cinco de Mayo menu. If you’re looking for more guest, I’d be happy to crash and help eat up all the food. Just kidding (not really).


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