What to Bring to Your Cinco de Mayo Gathering

May 1st, 2024

Going to a Cinco de Mayo party but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? We have the fixings to make several quick and easy recipes for your spring Fiesta. Or, simply pick up some chips and dips or Bakehouse-made desserts!

Here are a few ideas:

Cotija and crackers


This Hispanic-style cheese is named after the Mexican town of Cotija.  It has a strong, salty flavor and firm texture, which makes it perfect for slicing or cubing. Pick up a box of your favorite crackers, and you’ve got the perfect app.




Rosé Sangria

You’ll be the hit of the party if you show up with this festive concoction. Guaranteed. There are lots of variations of this trendy drink, depending on how extravagant you want to get. But here’s a simple recipe for people who …. well, just want to keep it simple.


South of the Border inspired desserts

Bring a delicious dessert to the party! Our Woodstock bakery case has two tasty treats that celebrate the flavors of Latin America:

Tres Leches Cake: a dense, super-moist cake made with three different milks (hence the name) topped with vanilla whipped cream.

Aztec Pudding Cake: pure chocolate decadence with a Latin American twist. If you like our Aztec Latte, you might not be able to resist this dessert.


Avocados front and center (dips, salads, and entrees)

A little bit of history: Avocados has been cultivated in Mexico for the past 10,000 years. When the Aztecs came into contact with the Spanish in the 1500s (and their basalt mortar and pestle), they began smashing and blending the avocado into what we now call “guacamole.”

If you haven’t tried our house-made guacamole (made with fresh market ingredients), now’s the time. Or you can make your own. You’ll find everything you need (and it’s not much: avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, onions, and lime) in the Farmers’ Fiesta display in the front of the store. Read this post for two simple avocado recipes and other tips!

There are lots of ways to incorporate avocado into the main dish. For some inspiration, check out Food & Wine’s 14 Amazing Avocado Recipes.


Chips and salsa

Keep it simple with classic chips and salsa. Choose from several varieties of salsa such as mango lime salsa, black bean salsa, and pico de gallo. Then, grab a bag or two of any of our perfectly dippable tortilla chips, and you’ll be the hit of the party. If you want to make your own salsa, check out this roasted tomatillo salsa recipe on our blog!


Farmers’ Recipes

If you’re looking for some inspiration straight from our staff, try Nick’s Extra Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas for a main or Becca’s Too-Easy Cilantro Lime Rice as a side!


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