Cinco de Mayo is annually observed on May 5 as a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Frankly, it’s more widely celebrated in the United States than it is in Mexico, but these days, we’re all about celebrating anything we can! PLUS, it falls on a Tuesday this year. Cinco de Mayo AND Taco Tuesday?! Fiesta time!

So even though you might not be able to head to your favorite Mexican spot to enjoy margaritas with your friends, here are some ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home this year.

Order Takeout from a Local Business

These are just a few of the Hunterdon County spots offering curbside pickup and/or delivery.

Los Chilitos (2020 Happening List Winner)

233 Main Street, Lebanon

This Hunterdon County favorite is open for takeout from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here are there Cinco de Mayo specials:
1/2 tray of beef or chicken tacos soft shell or hard shell…$25
1/2 tray of carnitas, steak, adobada or chorizo…$30
$4.99 Bean burrito (black beans or refried black beans,no meat)
Family of 4
4 Garden, chicken, ground beef or Carnitas Burritos or Quesadillas, Cheese Nachos & Churritos….$39.99
4 Chicken, steak or Garden Fajitas, chips & salsa, nacho cheese dip large brownies or cookies… $44.99

El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant (2020 Happening List Finalist)

271 Old Croton Road, Flemington

While this Flemington spot has been only opening Thursday through Sunday during quarantine, they’re opening on Tuesday this week just for Cinco de Mayo. Call or order online for curbside pickup from noon to 8 p.m.

El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant (Lambertville)

49 N. Main Street, Lambertville

(Photo from El Tule on Facebook.)

El Tule is helping you bring the fiesta home this year with special fiesta trays for Cinco de Mayo! All trays are served with Mexican rice, black beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde, melted queso and chips. Choose from options like chicken, veggie or steak tacos, ceviche, burritos, enchiladas, flautas and more. Trays serve 4 to 6 people and are priced at either $60 or $70. View them all here. Add maragita mix for just $7. Curbside pickup and delivery are available from noon to 7:30 p.m. You can start placing your orders online or through their Facebook page messages starting at 11 a.m.

Viva Mexico Restaurant

14 Turntable Junction, Flemington

(Photo from Viva Mexico Facebook page.)

Viva Mexico Restaurant has a number of specials for this Cinco De Mayo! They will be serving delicious Fish Tacos topped off with a freshly made mango avocado salsa served with rice and beans on the side. Next, they have the Mar Y Tierra special which is a sirloin steak topped with grilled shrimp and a Jalapeño drizzle served with rice and beans. And don’t forget to pick up their cheesy Queso Fundido appetizer. They also have a catering menu as well as their regular menu on their website. Call to place orders.

Aztlan Mexican Grill

11 1/2 Church Street, Lambertville

This Lambertville spot is open for takeout from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. View their menu on their website.

Try a Recipe at Home

If you’d rather make it into a family activity, here are some links to recipes you can make at home. Or you could even order takeout for the main meal, and make a dessert to go with it.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Loaded Guacamole

10 Mouth Watering Taco Tuesday Recipes

Chopped Mexican Salad

Authentic Beef Enchiladas

Spicy Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Easy Baked Churros

Caramel Apple Empanadas

Tres Leches Cake

Easy Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Churro Cupcakes

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

And if nothing else, just a simple Taco Night at home can become a party with some streamers or balloons, festive music, and a fun drink!

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