Food and Family Fun: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Hola! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war on May 5, 1862. It is the perfect occasion to educate and celebrate Mexican culture with your children. Below are some super quick recipes and kid-friendly activities to help celebrate the day.


I don’t know about you, but I could eat Mexican food every day without getting tired of it!

Holy Guacamole. Make some homemade guacamole as a quick appetizer. Guacamole is super easy to make and something your children can help prepare. Grab two or three ripe avocados, salt, fresh limes, tomatoes, and an onion. While you dice up the tomatoes and onions, have your children mash up the avocados. Serve with chips and salsa, and enjoy!

Taco Bar. Set up a self-serve taco bar. Let your children set out several bowls to fill with various toppings such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, salsa, and sour cream.

Chicken Taquitos. This is easily my go-to recipe on Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or (honestly) those nights where I don’t want to cook but I have to. Introducing Chicken and Cheese Instant Pot taquitos. With just a few simple ingredients, you have a dinner that the entire family will enjoy!

Dessert. You can’t have a party without dessert! Try these tasty recipes for Cinco de Mayo this year. No-Bake Frozen Margarita Pie (don’t worry the alcohol is optional) or bite sized baked Churro Muffins.

Family Fun

Egg Maracas. With Easter just a few weeks ago, you are bound to have a few plastic eggs laying around the house. Children can add dry beans or rice to the inside of the eggs. Next, tape the eggs between two spoons, and voila – homemade maracas. Use your homemade maracas for an after-dinner dance party.

B-I-N-G-O. Check out this free printable bingo game to keep your children busy while you sip on a margarita or enjoy a slice of the adult-only pie.

Movie and Music. Simply ask Alexa to play some Cinco de Mayo tunes, grab those homemade maracas and get a dance workout in with some fun mariachi-inspired music. Curl up on the sofa for family movie night and watch Coco or the current favorite in our house, Encanto.

I hope you enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Whatever you decide to do, just remember to have fun!

What are some ways you will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo as a family this year?

Elizabeth Boudreaux
Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.


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