Some people have favorite holidays, I have favorite FOOD holidays. Aside from Thanksgiving and Easter, one of my favorite food holidays is Cinco de Mayo. Not only do I love, love, love Mexican food, it’s an easy holiday to celebrate with friends. One of my favorite things to do is set up a Cinco de Mayo taco bar and have everyone chip it. It’s easy, tastes delicious and gets everyone in a festive mood!
I like to go with the basics: flour and corn tortillas, avocado, shredded cheese, some sliced red onion and ground beef with my homemade taco seasoning (seriously, don’t buy that stuff with all the sodium in it, make your own). Then, for some variety, I usually put out some sauteed shrimp and roasted corn with black beans. Sometimes if I’m feeling really ambitious, I’ll include my Mexicorn dip or some bean and beef enchiladas. Don’t worry, the recipe for the roasted corn and black beans is coming soon. 🙂
Now, I am not one of those rock star party planners, though at times I wish I was. Even on my best day I can’t channel my inner Martha Stewart. I’m envious of them and wish I had their creativity and imagination. But the reality is I don’t have enough time and honestly don’t want to spend a ton of money on decorations. That’s why I love setting up a taco bar. All it takes is a colorful table runner (I found mine at Target for $12.99) and bowls. I’m usually a fan of white bowls but with a Cinco de Mayo celebration, color is key. I borrowed some Fiestaware from a friend, used some bowls and a platter I picked up at West Elm and wallah, you have a taco bar that is simple but looks festive. Cerveza anyone?
One other very important component of a taco bar (or any bar for that matter), is the ability for your guest to clean up easily. As long as I’ve been eating tacos, I’ve never been able to eat a hard shell without the shell shattering in 20 pieces and food getting all over my hands. To avoid making a mess of my clothes and everything else, I usually make sure to have Wet-Nap hand wipes available. I picked mine up at Walmart and they were super affordable, less than $2 for a box of 24. Plus, they currently have a coupon for 55 cents off. Make sure you get it while supplies last. Gotta love those everyday love prices.