Cinco de Mayo Party Help
We're having a Cinco de Mayo party tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone has some quick, simple ideas for munchies. I'm hoping for some fairly simple snack/munchie ideas, that I can prepare ahead of time.
We'll also be serving margaritas on the rocks. Due to the volume of margaritas I'm expecting to make, I don't think I'll be able to make them from scratch so I was wondering if anyone can recommend a decent, relatively inexpensive premade mix. Can already have the alcohol in the mix or not.
Also, I was wondering if anyone has ever used those frozen bucket things. How long do they have to be frozen and are they somewhat decent?
I know these premade mix things don't make the best drinks and will be far from "top shelf" but I for this particular party they will be perfectly suitable! :-)
Aside from the obvious chips, guacamole, and salsas. Nachos are pretty easy to prepare, and you can make them as simple or complex as you want. Cheese Quesadillas are also easily made.
A friend of mine makes a delicious black bean dish with canned black beans, chopped onions, garlic with mustard powder, salt and pepper. I follow her recipe and add cumin and cayenne pepper. She serves it over rice, but you could also pulse it and turn it into a dip.
Chick peas and chorizo is one of my favorite dinners with chicken added. This too could be pulsed and turned into a nice mexican hummus.
Could also skip the meat and have a veggie taco or burrito area, lettuce, tomato, peppers, beans, maybe some rice, and salsa. Who needs meat?
In terms of the margarita advice you already got, I can only give my experience that worked. Use the frozen limeade concentrate in those little cans ( or even pink or regular lemonade if that is all they have) Since going over the rocks, dilute the limeade if at all (oh gosh you have to have a tasting session) and then just add booze elements and stir. Crushed ice if you can would be better than cubes.
You asked about simple snack/munchies so are you not doing a main dish? If it is all cocktail food then a big box store will have frozen taquitos (bake to heat), add salsas, guacamole, tortilla chips and tamales & burritos. The latter (premade) can be heated and sliced into bite size portions. Ceviche that people can scoop into little cups? Not sure what the scope of the party is.
There are not many worse things to me than a bad margarita - I disagree on the frozen bucket things - I think they are awful!
If you have to go with mixes I'd get the Jose Cuervo mixes or the frozen Bacardi mixes (I know you said you wanted them on the rocks - but....). You can add fresh strawberries to the lime margarita mix and it makes a pretty tasty strawberry margarita.
We've brought the buckets to the beach a few times. They're fine. They freeze/slush up overnight. I'd say this is one of the easiest parties to throw. Good chips, some good homemade salsas (tons of recipes on this site), guacamole, bean dips, taco fixings. Buy lots of limes. I never have enough!
I've used those frozen bucket things and I have to say, for serving the average crowd (of not necessarily chowhounds), they are super easy and a crowd pleaser. Try to get the kind with a spigot (Master of Mixes "Big Bucket" Margarita Mixer comes with a spigot, though, I've never tried it--I think they are all about the same though)--otherwise, you have to serve them with a soup ladle or something which is a hassle.
To get frozen margaritas, you have to put it in the freezer for 8 hours. For on the rocks, you have to put it in the fridge long enough to chill it thoroughly, so, 8 hours would be more than safe.
There's a thread hopping about regarding Mexican appetizers. I'll see if I can find a link. Here it is http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51433...