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Cinco de Mayo Essentials + 7 Taco Recipes

April 30, 2016
All the Cinco de Mayo essentials you need to throw the ultimate party including seven taco recipes to give you lots of ideas for perfect party food!

Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away and I know you are going to party like there’s no mañana!! Whether you have invited all your friends over for a great, big tequila-fest or you are a party of one I hope everyone gets a chance to at least have a stellar margarita and maybe a taco or two.

If you are planning a great big fiesta, I’ve put together 12 essentials that you must not party without, plus 7 taco recipes that will leave all your amigos thinking you are bien chingona.

So let’s hop to it!

Cinco de Mayo

  1. I’m all about easy decorations and these Amscan Tissue Paper Fans are so bright and colorful.
  2. You are definitely going to need a cocktail shaker and some decent bar tools. I love this Electro Barware kit because it has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
  3. If you’re planning for a lot of people margaritas by the pitcher are a must. This Beehive Beverage Server looks dazzling and is an easy way to let people help themselves.
  4. Classic Mexican music to get the party started.
  5. Limes will need juicing, like a lot of limes. You’ll want to carry this citrus reamer around in your back pocket.
  6. A oversized molcajete like this one is perfect for making guacamole for a crowd.

Cinco de Mayo

7. Carved from a single rock of Himalayan Salt these shot glasses are specifically made for sipping (or shooting) tequila and mezcal.

8. Weathered blue melamine plates make tacos pop and won’t break when the party gets cray-cray.

9. You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo party without margarita glasses, I mean come on.

10. A taco rack makes serving tacos a cinch.

11. Sophisticated woven placemats for under plates or serving dishes. Durable vinyl-weave linens wipe clean.

12. Impress your friends with handmade tortillas. A tortilla press makes them fairly easy to pull off.

Seven Cinco de Mayo Party-Ready Taco Recipes 

Achiote Beef Tacos with Pomegranate Salsa


Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Radish Pico de Gallo


Grilled Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa


Lobster Tacos with Ancho Chile Salsa


Crispy Potato Tacos with Guajillo-Orange Salsa


Black Pepper and Garlic Shrimp Tacos

Cinco de Mayo Tacos

Citrus Marinated Grilled Chicken Tacos


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  • Katrina Abram April 30, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Definitely the most fun food week!! Love these recipes 🙂

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos April 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks so much Katrina! It’s going to be a very. good. week. indeed!

  • MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar May 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Just discovered your blog, and am in love! (How have I not discovered you before?!) Looking forward to following your delicious culinary adventures 🙂

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Aww, thanks! So fun to discover new bloggers. Can’t wait to hop on over to your site.

  • Denise Browning May 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Nice kitchen hacks and especially tacos. The lobster one caught my eye… Happy 5 de Mayo to you!!!!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Denise!! Give the lobster ones a try, you will LOVE them.

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