If you're looking for some new ways to involve your kids in this cultural tradition, you might consider getting them in on the cooking action. We teamed up with Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef for HelloFresh, to create a festive Cinco de Mayo menu guaranteed to wow your kids both in the kitchen and out.
Taco Bar1 of 7
Who doesn't love a taco bar loaded with beef, chicken and all kinds of tasty fixings? This time-honored family meal can be prepared and served in a variety of ways.
What you'll need:
• Tortillas: corn or flour
• Protein: cooked chicken, steak, shrimp, chickpeas
• Cheese: cheddar, colby, Monterey Jack, manchego, Oaxaca
• Veggies: thinly sliced iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, corn, sliced tomato, sliced onion, chopped cilantro, diced peppers (bell or jalapeño), sliced scallions
• Condiments: guacamole, salsa, hot sauce, sour cream
• To prevent guacamole from oxidizing and turning brown, squeeze some lime on it.
• Cook up a big, heaping bowl of rice and warm up some black beans to serve alongside the tacos.
• Prefer hard taco shells rather than tortillas? Simply coat both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray and then carefully drape each over two bars of the oven rack. Bake at 375 degrees until crispy (about 8 to 10 minutes).
Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos with Lime Crema, Cilantro and Warm Spices2 of 7
What's sweet and nice with just a little spice? These tacos! Filled with beef tossed in warm, earthy spices, then topped with fruity pineapple salsa, they've got a perfectly pleasant personality the whole family can get behind.
Turkey Taco Time with Poblano, Lime Crema and Cheddar Cheese3 of 7
Ground meat tacos get a lighter but just-as-flavorful twist with ground turkey. The turkey is tossed with warm and toasty spices, slices of poblano pepper, crunchy radishes and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Enjoy it with everything or fill it just the way you and your kids like.
Fun Day Fajita Bar with Southwestern Pork, Tomato Lime Salsa and Cheddar Cheese4 of 7
Buffet-style family dinners for the win! Once you prep the pork and veggies, all they need is a quick sear. Then comes the fun part: Sitting back and watching the kids assemble their own masterpiece fajitas—with a generous dollop of salsa and sour cream, of course.
One-Pan Pork Carnitas Tacos with Lettuce, Onion and a Lime Crema5 of 7
Think of this as the quicker, weeknight-friendly version of carnitas without the hours of slow cooking. What's the secret? Adding a spice blend and a bit of stock to the ground pork, which makes it nice, rich and saucy.
Chicken Pineapple Party Tacos with Bell Pepper and Fresh Radishes6 of 7
This recipe has no shortage of fixings to choose from, including chopped chicken coated in Mexican-style spices, a sweet and succulent pineapple salsa, a pepper and onion jumble and slices of cool and crisp radish.