Slightly embarrassed to admit it (I have a history degree after all), but I’d never heard of Cinco de Mayo. Clearly Mexican history isn’t my strong point, so I felt the need to fill the gap and sought help from my good friend Wikipedia. Apparently Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May” is a celebration held (unsurprisingly) on May 5. The special day commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere around the world by taking delight in all things Mexican.
Now we like a little Mexican food in our house (it’s easy to prepare and it’s very tasty), so it regularly appears on the week’s meal plan. This time though we wanted to try out something a little bit different and we used the Old El Paso Stand ‘N’ Stuff Soft Taco Kit to act as a base for our creation. To make it kid (and adult) friendly we decided to make ours with sausages and picked out the Smoky BBQ flavour as the perfect partner for our bangers. Our recipe serves 2 hungry adults and a growing tween.
8 pork sausages
1 Stand ‘N’ Stuff Old El Paso Soft Taco Kit (Smoky BBQ flavour)
Selection of Old El Paso sauces and pickles (we used jalapeños, guacamole and soured cream)
- Pop the sausages in the oven till nicely cooked (half an hour on 180 degrees works well for us).
- Chop the sausages into chunks and add to an oiled frying pan. Add the smoky BBQ seasoning mix from the pack and the water as directed. Stir the sausages to make sure nicely coated and cook for a few minutes to help absorb the flavours.
- Fill your tacos with the sausages, adding salad, cheese, salsa (from the kit) to taste.
Creating a Mexican feel to the evening added to our fun. H is a massive fan of the Beverley Hills Chihuahua movies and the first one is perfect for a Mexican night as it’s about a chihuahua who gets lost while on holiday in Mexico. Chihuahuas are a Mexican breed of dog in any case, so the whole series has a Mexican flavour. For some background music try La Maldita Vecindad or Cafe Tacuba and wear a Mexican hat and a poncho to complete the latin atmosphere.
This post is an entry to the Tots100 Cinco de Mayo recipe challenge sponsored by Old El Paso. The range of Old El Paso products is available in all major supermarkets. To find out more, visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk