Happy Cinco De Mayo (which means ‘Fifth of May’ in Spanish). In case you haven’t heard of it before - it’s an annual event that marks the date of the Mexican Army’s victory against France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day acts as an international celebration of Mexico’s amazing cuisine, culture, and music, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity for BoroughBox to shine the light on our favourite Mexican food and drink, and some tips on how to have your own Mexican party at home!
1) Mexican Drinks
If you’re having a Mexican night - it starts with great drinks! One of the most popular Mexican cocktails is the super refreshing ‘Margarita’. It’s traditionally made up of a blend of tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and ice - and don’t forget to add sugar to the rim of your glass, and a lime wedge if you're feeling creative.
If you don’t have these spirits and mixers at home - you might like our Margarita Cocktail Kit so you can become a mixologist in your own home.
Or if you really want to take a shortcut and bypass the mixing stage, we also offer pre-mixed Margarita’s with a twist.
2) Mexican Snacks
A great snack to have with your drinks is tortilla chips (nachos) with guacamole or sour cream. If you want to take this to the next level - add toppings to the nachos and grill in the oven.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe:
1 x bag of tortilla chips
500g of grated cheddar cheese
1 x jar of pickled jalapeños
1 pot of sour cream
1 pot of salsa
1) Add a layer of tortilla chips to an oven-proof dish
2) Add a few tablespoons of salsa over the top (this does not need to cover all the chips)
3) Sprinkle on grated cheese
4) Spoon on sliced jalapenos (based on your preferred spice level)
5) Add another layer of nachos and repeat steps 1-4, finishing with a final layer of cheese on top.
6) Put the nacho dish under the grill for roughly 5-10 minutes, or until golden and the cheese has melted.
7) Serve with sour cream and/or guacamole if you prefer.
Extras: If you want to take your baked nachos to the next level, you can add some cooked chilli or cooked black beans to the mix too.
3) Mexican Main Courses
There are so many great Mexican main courses - here are five of our favourites:
Tacos - a tortilla that’s filled with meat, fish, or vegetables, and topped with salsa (or other sauces).
Burritos - a flour wrap that stuffed with rice, beans/meat, cheese, guacamole, salsa and sauce.
Enchiladas - tortillas that are stuffed with ingredients such as spiced chicken then rolled, covered in cheese and sauce, and baked.
Quesadillas - this comes from the word “queso” which means cheese in Spanish - vegetables or meat are stuffed in a tortilla with cheese and cooked in a pan.
Fajitas - A fun DIY party food. Strips of chicken/beef/onions/peppers are fried in Mexican spices then added to a wrap with sour cream, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.
Many top Mexican dishes start with a good wrap, and did you know it’s super easy to make your own at home?
Homemade Flour Wrap Recipe
375g of flour
1 cup of warm water
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
80ml extra virgin olive oil
1) Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
2) Slowly add the warm water, kneading the dough as you go, and then add the oil.
3) Continue to knead the dough for five minutes, or until the dough is smooth. (If it’s too wet, add more flour, or too dry, add more water).
4) Lightly dust your work surface with flour, then put the dough on the surface and dust with flour.
5) Half the dough, and continue halving until you have 16 balls.
6) Lightly coat each ball with flour so it doesn’t stick to the surface.
7) Push down and flatten each ball with your hand.
8) Cover with a tea towel and leave the dough balls to rest for at least 30 minutes (ideally an hour).
9) Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough ball to roughly 8 inches in diameter.
10) Put a frying pan on the heat (no oil), and place your wraps, one at a time to cook. Look out for bubbles, and the colour starting to change to a golden brown underneath.
11) Turn over and cook the other side.
12) Stack up the completed wraps on a plate, and either eat fresh, or freeze.
If you’re looking for great spice mixes to season your Mexican dishes - we have a great Mexican themed spiced mix at BoroughBox which you can see here.
Churros originated from Portugal and Spain, but Mexico have adopted their own form of churros (with cinnamon on the outside as well as sugar). In case you’ve never tried them, they’re basically delicious crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside pastry strips with a chocolate dipping sauce. Trust us - you’ve got to try them!
5) Mexican Party Tunes
So the food and drinks are sorted - now it’s just the music! If you want some Mexican Fiesta classics, we suggest these to get you started:
- Cinco de Mayo by War
- Oye Como Va by Santana
- La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
- Tequila by The Champs
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Mexican food and drink - if you'd like us to feature different countries in future, let us know which in the comments, or say hi on social.