Frugal Fiesta!

cinco de mayo

How about a Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo or for any evening? A Fiesta is frugal and fun and appeals to all ages.

Here's the plan for a frugalicious and fast FIESTA!

Make Your Own Nacho Bar
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Taco Meat Recipe – 1 lb. ground beef, 1 cup picante sauce, 1 can chili beans (do not drain)…brown beef, add picante sauce & beans. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Grated Mexi-Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomato or Pico de Gallo
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos
  • Black Olives


Make Your Own Burrito Bar

recipes for cinco de mayo

  • Burrito Size Flour Tortillas
  • Taco Meat Recipe (see above)
  • Black Beans or Refried Beans or go all out and offer both!
  • Mexican Rice or White Rice seasoned with fresh cilantro
  • Suggested Toppings:
  • Grated Mexi-Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomato or Pico de Gallo
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos
  • Black Olives


Black Beans

cinco de mayo recipe

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  • Directions:
  • Heat olive oil.
  • Brown garlic, oregano and pepper. This only takes a couple of minutes.
  • Add black beans and balsamic vinegar.
  • Optional: serve over rice and top with sour cream, shredded mexi-cheese and diced tomatoes.
  • Enjoy this delicious side dish at your FIESTA!
  • Serves: 6


Tres Leches

cinco de mayo desserts

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 15 oz. can cream of coconut like Coco Lopez – if your grocery doesn't sell it, check the liquor store
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 12 oz. Cool Whip – thawed
  • Fresh, sliced strawberries sweetened with sugar


  • Prepare cake according to package directions.
  • Let the cake cool.
  • Poke holes all over the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Mix together cream of coconut & condensed milk and pour over the cake.
  • Refrigerate.
  • Spread Cool Whip on top before cutting into squares.
  • Top with sliced strawberries.


Festive & Frugal Decorations

Learn how to make tissue paper flowers!

Take a walk around your house & gather up anything & everything Mexican for instant ambiance…don't pass up your Christmas lights! A FIESTA should be colorful and fun!

FIESTA Activity

End the evening with a pinata, and everyone will go home with a bagful of candy! A pinata lets guests make their own goody bag!


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10 years ago

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13 years ago

Hey, Kristl! I needed a side dish for my Cinco de Mayo dinner, and saw your black beans recipe yesterday…I got stuck at work late, so needed something quick, and these were just the ticket. Very tasty and sooooo easy!! MUY BUENO!!!

Lisa @ The Spot To Save
14 years ago

Love the Tres Leches dessert recipe! I was wondering what to do with that darn can of cream of coconut. Thanks! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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