As Californians, you don’t need to twist our arm (or tell us it’s a special holiday) to enjoy fine Mexican meal. We pretty much have a year-round love affair with margaritas, guacamole, nachos (more on that, here) and mariachi bands. It’s pretty much our duty as Californians to celebrate May 5, better known as “Cinco de Mayo,” in some fashion. If standing in line or waiting two hours to eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant, doesn’t thrill you — don’t worry. Here’s your ultimate guide to staying in and hosting a Cinco de Mayo party of your own this year.
1. Plan Your Menu
Tired of chips and salsa? Try a healthier starter: fresh gazpacho. Made of raw vegetables (usually with a tomato base), this chilled soup originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and it’s not technically Mexican. But it has some advantages. First, you can make it ahead (up to a day). And since this soup is eaten chilled, it’s easier to serve for a larger gatherings. Ina Garten has a fairly simple and straight-forward recipe. If you are a traditionalist, you can try this classic quesadilla with a twist, like this zucchini quesadilla with spicy salsa roja.