Are you ready to fiesta? Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, but do you know why America celebrates this Mexican holiday? Some may think Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but in fact, this celebration honors the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. I think that’s a reason to celebrate, don’t you? To throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fiesta be sure to include festive food, drinks and decor!
Enchiladas and tacos may be a traditional fare on Cinco de Mayo, but if you’re looking to feed a crowd, consider serving a no-fuss, Mexican flared soup. Chef Julie Shipley (pictured right) from The Soup Shop shared with SpaceCoast Living how soup will take your party to the next level, leaving your guests impressed and wanting more.
Chicken enchilada soup (pictured below) is packed with bold spices and hearty ingredients like beans, vegetables, and chicken. With its mild bite, this soup is a top seller at The Soup Shop and is available in a quart size.
The Soup Shop’s Mexican fiesta soup includes shredded strips of chicken, fresh black beans and corn topped off with an amazing blend of Mexican seasonings. Chef Julie recommends serving a cheesy quesadilla on the side.
Every fiesta needs chips and salsa! Chef Julie makes fresh, Texan style salsa that is onion and chunk free. While it may be great with chips, it also compliments baked chicken breast as a healthy way to add healthy flavor. This salsa is available in a pint size for $5.
And if salsa doesn’t suit your fiesta, “add 16 ounces of Velveeta cheese to two cups of chicken enchilada soup for a delicious dip,” Chef Julie adds.
Cinco de Mayo isn’t just about margaritas, although that is a classic favorite. Consider sangria or a twist on the classic margarita by adding pomegranate or strawberry. A tequila tasting is another way to shake up your fiesta. “Gazpacho is a great tequila chaser,” Chef Julie said.
If liquor isn’t your drink of choice, try a Mexican beer like Dos Equis or Corona. Jarritos, a fruit flavored soft drink made in Mexico, would be a great, non-alcoholic addition.
Bright colors, maracas, and piñatas are just a few ways to liven up the party! Check out Pinterest for tons of DIY projects (some the kids may be able to help with too). Avoiding DIY crafts? Throw a bright tablecloth over the table and visit your local party store or World Market for Mexican themed décor!
So what are you waiting for? Gather your amigos and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
The Soup Shop is located at 4100 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne