Celebrations and holidays are always a great time to host an event at home – even if it’s just close family at home. Family, friends, music, food, beverages, games, the works. What’s even more fun is celebrating traditions from other cultures. One of our all-time favorites is Cinco de Mayo!

Who doesn’t love a colorful party featuring tasty drinks, good company, and delicious food? We certainly do.

How Do We Celebrate?

To celebrate this vibrant and flavorful event in style, we’ve got some kid-friendly craft inspiration plus 5 tasty recipe ideas you should try out for your next Cinco de Mayo fiesta. The great thing about these meals is that you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. Enjoy the meals with close family in-person, or hop on your computer for a virtual party with friends. Nothing’s going to stop us from having fun!

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with salsa verde
Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Cinco de Mayo Party Menu

If your festivities are going to be of the virtual kind this year, make sure to gather your guest list, menu, a good playlist, and rock your favorite party gear! There’s no reason you can’t connect with your favorite people and party at home or virtually. Everyone making the same dishes at home is a great way to make it feel like a shared experience and great social gathering. Make as much or as little of each recipe as you need for those at home with you.

1. Guacamole

Get things started with the obvious app: guacamole. This Hearty Guacamole Mango Rice Dip is a classic, fun, and tasty dip that you are sure to love after just one bite. All you need is a ripe avocado (or store-bought guacamole), your preferred Mahatma® Rice variety, and a few tropical fruits to cut into juicy chunks. If possible, we do recommend using long grain rice,  the slender grains mix better with the rest of the ingredients and stop from forming clumps.

Serve with enough chips and keep an eye on it because it’ll probably be gone in one blink!

2. Burritos

Keep the party going with these colorful and delicious Burrito Bowls. Enjoy them as-is, or use them to fill a warm flour tortilla for a tasty burrito – follow the recipe ingredients or simply swap in your favorite toppings or what you have at home. Burritos (wrapped or in a bowl) are great for making good use of those canned items on your shelf. Top with guacamole dip, fresh pico de gallo, and squeeze the juice of a lemon for extra flavor.

Green Chile and Grilled Vegetables Burrito Rice Bowl
Grilled Veggie Burrito Rice Bowl

For a veggie option, omit the chicken or use your grill to roast some vegetables and assemble a Grilled Veggie Burrito Bowl. These easy-to-make bowls are loaded with roasted veggies, pinto beans, and hatch green chilies served over a fluffy bed of Mahatma® White Rice.

3. Enchiladas

There is no such thing as too many enchiladas or too much salsa. These yummy Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are of a different variety, made with corn tortillas, a green sauce, and stuffed with chicken. A little bit of green sauce here, a little bit of red sauce there, y todo bien (“and all is good,” in Spanish). Why not enjoy a little bit of everything?

4. Poblanos

Well stocked up on veggies, cheese, and rice? If some of those veggies happen to include peppers and corn, we’ve got yet another easy and tasty recipe to keep your Cinco de Mayo festivities going: Rice Stuffed Poblano Peppers.

Rice and Cheese Stuffed Poblanos

Ready in just 30 minutes, these tasty peppers are stuffed with sour cream, smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese, and whole kernel corn. So much flavor with very little effort. Exactly what you need so you want to get out of the kitchen and get to the partying!

If you turned on the grill to roast some veggies, take your poblanos to the next level, and smoke them.

5. Horchata

But what are all these tasty dishes without something refreshing to wash them down with? Don’t worry, we thought of that too. This sweet and refreshing Horchata with Cinnamon is a milky rice drink flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetened with sugar for the perfect chilled drink to pair with your brilliant Cinco de Mayo party menu. Just remember to make a batch in advance as it does need to chill for several hours before enjoying it. 

Mexican Horchata with cinnamon and milk
Rice Horchata with Cinnamon

Fiesta with the kids

Looking for a way to spend more time with your little ones? Turn Cinco de Mayo into the perfect occasion to teach your kids some cooking skills and get extra help while you wrap the tortillas or mash the avocados.

Crafts will come in handy to make colorful decorations out of papel picado (paper fringes), recycled cardboard, and glue. Have fun with your family while sparking your kid’s creativity and setting the mood for the fiesta with these easy DIY party projects at home:

  • Colorful mini piñatas with recycled cardboard boxes (tissue, cereal, tea…)
  • Paper guirnalda – let your kids draw the pattern and help them carve with a knife.
  • Paper fringe drink stirrers, toothpicks, and napkin rings.

Whether you’re enjoying a small gathering at home for the holiday or you’re gathering as many of your favorite people as possible for a virtual party, don’t forget that you can make it a fun celebration with delicious meals and snacks made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.