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Easy Cinco de Mayo Snacks to Prepare with Your Kids

Guacamole on a bed of tortilla chips in a wooden serving platter.
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Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to indulge in some tasty Mexican-inspired snacks, and they’re even better if they’re homemade. These recipes are easy enough for the kids to help out (or even make themselves), so gather the ingredients and your little ones and get those aprons on!

Guacamole with a Twist

A big bowl of fresh guacamole in a traditional pestle bowl.
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The first thing we’ll need to get this party started is some ripe avocados. After all, what would Cinco de Mayo (or any other day) be without some guac?

This delicious Mexican dip is the fan-favorite of every party platter, so you’re definitely gonna want to save this recipe for Taco Tuesdays. The kids will love doing the smashing and everyone will love doing all the devouring.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 Large ripe avocados
  • 1 Large red bell pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup of chopped red onion
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 Cup of chopped basil
  • A sprinkle of salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the bell pepper into strips and toss with olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Place bell pepper on a baking sheet, roast until charred (about 30 minutes), and then let them cool completely.
  4. Chop the cooled bell peppers into small chunks.
  5. Scoop the flesh out of the avocados, remove the pits, place them in a large bowl, and smash them with your hands.
  6. Add the bell pepper, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, and then gently mix it.
  7. Sprinkle basil on top, and serve with crudites or homemade tortilla chips (see recipe below).

This guacamole also tastes perfect on your morning toast, mixed in with your grilled cheese, or as a dollop on top of your chili.

Homemade Wheat or Corn Tortilla Chips

A bowl of homemade tortilla chips with salsa.
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Your kids will love getting their hands covered in dough and creating their own little triangles on a baking sheet. That’s just one reason why making your own tortilla chips is so much better than just buying a bag.

The second reason is they taste so much better, and the third is they pair perfectly with the guacamole recipe above.

When it comes to homemade tortilla chips, there are hundreds of variations out there. However, we’ll give you two recipes: one that calls for wheat flour, and another to make the traditional corn version. Corn tortillas are also gluten-free, so they’re ideal for those who have that particular dietary sensitivity.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 3+ Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (you’ll need a bit more to brush on the chips)
  • 2/3 Cup of warm water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oil, and salt.
  2. Slowly fold in the water until a rough dough forms. (Add extra water as needed.)
  3. Turn out the dough, and then knead for about 2 minutes.
  4. Place it back in the bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into eight equal-sized balls.
  7. Roll them up into thin circles or use a tortilla press.
  8. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and grease lightly with olive oil.
  9. Drop a tortilla into the pan and let it cook until you see bubbles (around one minute).
  10. Flip it and cook another minute, pressing down with the spatula, if necessary.
  11. Repeat Steps 9-10 on all the other tortillas.
  12. After all the tortillas are cooked, brush them on both sides with some olive oil and stack them on top of one another.
  13. Cut them into sixths or eights, and then place on a baking sheet.
  14. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until crispy and brown.

To make corn tortillas, just substitute the whole wheat flour with Masa Harina corn flour, which you can order online or find at most grocery stores. Generally, you just mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of Masa Harina, although it’s always good to check the instructions on the package.

Kneading corn flour dough is a bit tougher, so let your kids play with it for as long as they want—it can’t be overworked. Once the dough is ready, just follow the steps above.

Spicy Popcorn

Two chili peppers sitting on popcorn with chili powder sprinkled on it.
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A Cinco de Mayo snack bar just cannot be considered complete without some spicy popcorn. Whether you pop your corn on the stove or in the microwave doesn’t matter because the Mexican kick comes from the spices you add after.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Enough popcorn to fill a large bowl when popped (around 3/4 cup)
  • 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Zest of 4 large limes
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons of chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of onion powder

Directions:

  1. Pop your popcorn however you prefer, and then place it in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix all the other ingredients.
  3. Drizzle the seasoning mixture over your bowl of popcorn, making sure every kernel is coated.
  4. Serve in separate containers or just let everyone grab a handful from the big bowl.

Cinco de Mayo Popsicles

Four red popsicles on a wooden tray.
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After that spicy popcorn, everyone’s going to need to cool off their tongues, and what better way to do so than with some Cinco de Mayo popsicles? These are super easy to make, and once your kiddos get the hang of it, you won’t be able to stop them from playing with the different colors and flavors.

You will need some popsicle molds to create these treats, but luckily, those are pretty easy to find at any grocery store.

If you’re going for the traditional Cinco de Mayo colors, you’ll need a green, white, and red stripe to honor the Mexican flag.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Lime and kiwi juices to create the green layer
  • Coconut milk to create the white layer
  • Strawberries to create the red layer
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar (or more if still too sour) per layer
  • Green, white, and red food coloring (optional) to add more vibrancy.

Directions:

  1. Mix the lime and kiwi juices with the sugar
  2. Fill each popsicle mold about 1/3 (depending on the type of molds you have, you might need to freeze them until this layer is almost frozen solid before moving on to Step 3).
  3. Place a popsicle stick into each mold, anchoring them in the green layer, and then freeze until completely solid.
  4. Mix the coconut milk with sugar until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into each mold, filling each another 1/3, and then freeze until solid. This layer might take a bit longer (1-2 hours), as coconut milk has a much thicker texture than juice.
  6. Blend the strawberries with sugar until smooth. (Add a splash of water, if necessary.)
  7. Fill the molds the rest of the way with the red mixture, and then freeze until solid.
  8. Remove them from the molds, pass them out, and start licking.

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect reason to indulge in some delicious Mexican fare. Gather the kids and celebrate by making any of these delicious snacks. You’re sure to find one or two you’ll want to repeat on Taco Tuesday.

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Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »
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