Spring is a perfect time to get the whole family outdoors. A picnic is a great way your family can celebrate Cinco de Mayo together. Traditional picnics in the United States include foods like fried chicken, deli meats, hamburgers and hot dogs. A fiesta style picnic is fun way to add a great tasting twist on a traditional style picnic you're entire family will enjoy.
Family Fiesta Picnic Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Looking for a way to get the whole family together fiesta style? Here are ideas for how you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, family, and outdoor fun.
Cinco de Mayo
Celebration in the United States
Cinco de Mayo, is celebrated on May 5th, in Mexico and throughout the United States. Many people think that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico Independence Day but Cinco de Mayo is a way to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French army in The Battle of The Puebla in 1862.
Throughout the United States, especially along the United States-Mexican border people take part in the Cinco de Mayo celebration as a way of celebrating the Mexican culture of food, drinks, dancing, music, and other customs specific to Mexico.
If you are looking for a new way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your family this year a fiesta family picnic is a great place to start.
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More Information on Cinco de Mayo
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Family Fiesta Picnic Preparation
Our family planned, prepared, and participated in this family fiesta picnic to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Earlier that day morning we prepared fresh homemade salsa so the salsa would have time to set and cool before the picnic that evening.
Each family member had an important part in preparing for the celebration. I sauteed the diced chicken in the homemade salsa for the fiesta pizzas we were getting ready to prepare. With adult supervision our oldest son used food scissors to create the tortilla chips. He cut the tortillas into the shape of peppers and jalapenos to celebrate the Mexican culture and traditional Mexican cuisine. After the tortillas were cut he placed them on a oven tray, sprayed them with spray butter, and added salt and pepper. I placed the tortilla chips into the oven to cook at 375 degrees F until they were slightly brown and crisp.
Meanwhile my husband prepared the guacamole using fresh avocados, a splash of fresh lime juice, a tablespoon of finely diced red onions and a dash of habanero pepper. Our 4-year-old son gathered the quilt for our picnic blanket while our toddler carried the plastic green and orange plates and flatware to the picnic area in the backyard.
Our older two boys created their own pizzas using thick flour tortillas covered with a thin layer of spaghetti sauce, diced chicken sauteed with the homemade salsa. Then they added the cheese, their favorite part to the pizza. After the pizzas were baked and cooled we all added thinly sliced avocado to give the pizzas vibrant color and a touch of authentic fiesta flare..
Easy Bake Fiesta Tortilla Pizza
An easy bake pizza made with flour or corn tortillas and toppings
Prep time 5 min - Total time 15 min - 120 cal/serv
Ingredients for 4 servings
Flour Tortillas 4 • Non-Stick Cooking Spray • Diced seasoned chicken 2-3 cups • Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce 1 cup • Mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby Cheese 1 cup • 1-2 Avocado(s) sliced thin and chopped
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the flour tortillas on an easy bake oven pan. Spray non-stick cooking spray on the tortillas. Spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the tortilla and cover the sauce with a handful of diced chicken. Add a layer of cheese over the chicken. Place the tortillas onto a baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow the pizza to cool. After the pizzas have cooled completely add thinly diced avocado.
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Our Cinco de Mayo Celebration
We all enjoyed our Cinco de Mayo meal complete with fiesta tortilla pizzas, tortilla baked chips, homemade salsa, and guacamole. We enjoyed sitting together on the picnic blanket talking about the wonderful food, music, dancing, colorful fabrics, and mostly importantly wonderful people we met while traveling in Mexico! This fun family fiesta picnic was a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo that we will continue to celebrate for years to come!
Family Fiesta Picnic
The picnic was a hit!
Kelley Ward, Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved
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