I love a good party. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m the host or just a guest at one. I mean, who doesn’t like celebrating with friends and indulging in some yummy food! When The Hubs & I lived in our old house BC (before children) we had a BBQ and pool in our backyard. It seemed like we had a “party” every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the five years we lived there. We’ve been in our “new” house now for nearly four years and I can count the number of parties we’ve had here on one hand.
To help get my kidlets in the mood for a fiesta, I found some fun Cinco de Mayo activities on Coca Cola’s My Coke Rewards site. The site feature several easy-to-follow directions and even templates to create festive decorations and crafts to help celebrate the day.
Papel Picado Directions & Banner from My Coke Rewards
My favorite one is the “Papel Picado,” which is a decorative craft made of paper cut into, or in this case – printed with, elaborate designs. My kidlets will each get to make their own personalized banner and we’ll alternate hanging them with ones we’ll make of the Mexican flag using crumpled up red, green and white tissue paper.
As for the food part of our Cinco de Mayo celebration, I’m turning to Food Network chef Ingrid Hoffman of “Simply Delicioso” for one her easy Latin inspired dishes – Turkey Nachos!
TURKEY NACHOS – Makes 4 serving
Pico de Gallo
4 small ripe tomatoes, diced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground lean turkey breast
1½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1∕8 teaspoon salt
¼ cup water
4 8-to-10-inch whole-wheat or whole-grain Mission tortillas, each cut into 6 wedges
1 8-ounce bag shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup ripe black olives, sliced
1 Hass avocado, peeled, halved, pitted, and diced
low-fat sour cream or non-fat plain Greek yogurt (optional)
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped (½ cup)
To make the pico de gallo, combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and oil together in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
For the filling, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and the chili power, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, and salt. Cook, stirring often, breaking up the turkey with the side of a spoon, until the turkey begins to brown, about five minutes. Stir in the water and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the turkey is cooked through, about five minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two large baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spread the tortilla wedges on the baking sheets and spray with the nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Spray a large, shallow baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread half of the tortilla wedges in the baking dish, and top with half of the cheese, half of the turkey mixture, half of the beans, and half of the olives. Top with remaining tortilla wedges, and repeat with the remaining cheese, turkey mixture, beans, and olives. Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with half of the pico de gallo and the avocado. Spoon a large dollop of the sour cream on top of the nachos. Sprinkle with the scallions. Serve immediately, with the remaining pico de gallo on the side.
Doesn’t that Turkey Nacho from @SimplyIngrid sound yummy and so simple to prepare?!
While the nachos are baking, I will get everybody up and moving by playing some mariachi music and doing the Mexican hat dance. My kidlets love to dance, especially when mom and dad join in. I may even go totally wild and whip up some “adult” margaritas for The Hubs and myself to enjoy and make a frozen virgin version for the kidlets.
I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun making our fiesta decorations, eating our food, take some funny photos and most importantly creating some lasting memories of our Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Make sure to also check in with me next week. I’ll be featuring another easy Cinco de Mayo craft with step-by-step directions & lots of photos, turning empty Sprite bottles into festive maracas!
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