Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. It is celebrated on May 5th in the United States, and it can be a fun and fabulous time for all. Depending upon the weather, the festivities can take place outdoors and include games and dances. Whether the celebration takes place indoors or out, it always includes delicious food and beverages. The meal can be started with a variety of colorful appetizers that look as great as they taste. Prepare these easy and delicious starters for your party, and give your guests something tasty to munch on before the main dishes are served.
Serve Dishes of Pico De Gallo, Sour Cream and Guacamole
When planning appetizers for Cinco de Mayo, consider something that includes the colors of the Mexican flag. Fill shallow serving dishes with rows of pico de gallo or salsa, guacamole and sour cream, and place the dishes on large platters with tortilla chips around them. It is fast and easy to assemble with ready-made components from a store. Best of all, table decorations will not be required. These mouthwatering appetizers will beautifully enhance party tables in a colorful and significant way, especially if the rows are arranged in the same sequence as the Mexican flag.
Prepare a Platter of Bean and Cheese Taquitos
Bean and cheese taquitos are also fantastic appetizers for a Cinco De Mayo celebration. To make preparation fast and easy, buy frozen taquitos instead of preparing the homemade variety. They can be made to look and taste homemade by adding a little shredded Mexican cheese right before serving. For added color, finely dice red and green peppers of your choice. Be sure to offer trays of taquitos that include sweet bell peppers for those who prefer mild appetizers. Label the platters accordingly.
Serve Black Bean and Cheese Nachos
Nachos are a huge hit at Cinco de Mayo parties. For a light and delicious appetizer, forget about adding meat. Save it for the main dish. Prepare black bean and cheese nachos in disposable metal pie pans. Simply heat the chips in the pans, and top them with warm mashed black beans and shredded Mexican cheese of your choice. Line the center of the table with the pans of prepared nachos. They will disappear very quickly as party guests patiently wait for the other mouthwatering dishes to be served.
Source: Years of Hosting and Attending Neighborhood Cinco de Mayo Parties in Ligonier Indiana