- by Cindy
Cinco De Mayo is a time when tradition and fun are on the forefront of everyone’s minds. For this Cinco De Mayo, consider surprising your family and guests alike with these both traditional and reimagined recipes. We’ve compiled a list of delicious and interesting meals with some vegan and vegetarian options to keep everyone in your crowd happy!
Let’s start with the chips!
The first step in any meal is the appetizer. Chips and dip, salsa, queso, guacamole, nachos, we’ve got it all! This Tex-Mex Guacamole is as easy as it is delicious. 10 minutes and you’re well on your way to wowing your guests with this innovative spin on something so traditional. Other dips we’re obsessed with include this Rainbow Salsa. It is just as easy and quick as the Tex-Mex Guac, but this one is vegan too! It looks beautiful and tastes even better. If you’re willing to take a little more time (and calories) with your dips, cheesy gooey goodness will never leave you astray and is sure to hit that soul food spot. Not only does this Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip have the cheese, it has the meat and the warmth to put a smile on everyone’s face. If meat and cheese aren’t your thing, don’t worry -- we’ve found another vegan recipe to love. This Vegan Taco Dip with Chipotle Tofu is to die for. This list would not be complete without at least one nacho recipe, so we found two: one for the vegans or those with dietary restrictions and one loaded with meat and cheese. Fret not, the vegan version of these Loaded Nachos are not lacking anything. Here’s a great option of Fully Loaded Nachos for the carnivores as well! However, if you’re interested in the alternatives of classics, consider experimenting with these Mexican Street Corn Nachos!
Though nuts aren’t something commonly thought of in association with Mexican food, a table can always benefit from a small bowl allowing guests to pick over, and these Chilli Lime Roasted Peanuts do just that! Keep the tummy rumbles down by allowing guests to snack on these between courses.
Now for the Main Course!
We’ve compiled quite a few different recipes for Mexican lovers of all origins and types to find something within. Whether you’re a traditionalist or Taco Bell suits your fancy, you’ll find an option which is sure to blow your mind here. Bring the Crunchwrap Supreme into your own home and wow with this gorgeous and delicious meal. Loaded with meat, cheese, and all the spices, this beautifully folded meal will make a statement on your table. If a twist on a more traditional dish is what you’re in the market for, this Tamale Pie might just do the trick. It balances crispy cornbread against chili to come together into the skillet full of dreams it was meant to be! Tacos and Tequila -- two T’s that ring Cinco De Mayo in the hearts and stomachs of many. Tequila and lime takes on a new role as marinade in these amazing Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos which are customizable meaning everyone will be happy! As for your vegan friends, this super easy One-Pot Vegan Taco Red Quinoa Soup cannot go wrong. It’s ready in 30 minutes and easily plated. With only 10 minutes of prep-time and 30 of cook-time, this vegan Mushroom, zucchini, and Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas preserve the integrity of the classic Mexican dish while being an option for practically everyone! No one will even know it is vegan with some good vegan cheese alternatives!
Dessert comes in multiple forms when it comes to Cinco de Mayo. The obvious and highly appreciated choice is obviously some homemade churros. However, churros are something that must be served fresh, so if your desire isn’t to cook at your party or gathering, consider these Cupcake Churro alternatives! Deep-fried ice cream is buzzing on everyone’s lips this time of year, however, this amazing dessert boasts the look and the taste with a much easier preparation. No deep-frying is involved in this gorgeous Fried Ice Cream Dessert. And now a dessert for the kids; this Pinata Cake is full of candy and just as fun as a true pinata.
Drinks are a staple of Cinco de Mayo, so consider these mocktails to hit the spot at your party! This Cranberry Mojito Mocktail boasts a refreshing mint flavor which is sure to be greatly enjoyed at your early Summer festivities. This adorable pink and carbonated drink is just as refreshing. A Strawberry Basil Soda Mocktail is a Cinco de Mayo (and Spring) dream in a cup!
This Cinco de Mayo, ring in Spring with the innovative and exciting recipes linked above for every course and aspect of your party. This list of both vegan and non-vegan recipes will sure to leave your guests excited with happy tummies and true appreciation for the holiday!
Enjoy from the Anschutz PR team!