Cinco de Mayo, home cooking, house party, salsa, taco cups, tacos
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how to throw a Cinco de Mayo party in 2 hrs

I ususally like to have alot of time to prepare ahead when throwing a party/dinner party so I’m not quite sure what I was thinking to come home and have 2 hours to put everything together by myself for a Cinco de Mayo party. Well, somehow I did it! Here’s a look at what I made and what is essential for a great party.

My Cinco de Mayo menu:
– chips & salsa & guac
– corn/tomato/avocado salad
– mini taco cups
– individual dippers
– shrimp tacos
– taquitos & beef tacos from the freezer (thank you Trader Joes)
– margaritas, bloody marys & beers

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Mini Taco Cups
Recipe: http://family.go.com/food/pkg-family-approved-recipes/recipe-644459-taco-cups-t/
Aren’t these so cute? But I discovered that while these were a good idea in theory & easy to pop in your mouth, the bottoms of the cups can get soggy. You’ll need to make them & serve immediately. Just layer each Tostito scooper with refried beans, ground beef with taco seasoning, salsa, shredded cheddar, sour cream & a sliced olive on top. The beans & sour cream are hard to scoop in so might be good to use a piper.

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Corn avocado tomato salad
really easy recipe: just mix canned corn, chopped avocado, quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped onions, 3 tablespoons olive oil, fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, salt & pepper. Refreshing salad that can also be used as salsa.

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Individual dippers
I used the same ingredients as the mini taco cups but also added chopped avocado and for a little fun, I stuck in a mustache pick in each cup.

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Shrimp Tacos
These were decent tacos. I think it would’ve tasted much better if the shrimp was freshly grilled. I bought already cooked shrimp that I heated in a pan. But it’s a good recipe, the white sauce is easy to make & pretty yummy.
Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/grilled-shrimp-tacos-10000000635602/index.html

And there you have it.. my Cinco de Mayo menu. For a great party, all you really need is drinks, tasty snacks & great company πŸ™‚

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2 Comments

  1. Edward Kim says

    You have become a sort of Martha Stewart over there in Cali! I am quite proud and jealous of your food!

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