Time to bust out your sombreros, Beaver County! It’s Cinco de Mayo!

Typically, the Mister and I like to go out, have a few cervezas and enjoy the day. Since I’m pregnant, this year we are nixing the cerveza and heading straight for the feast at home. Baby loves that hot sauce!

But, YBC wants to make sure you are prepared either way.

Los Restaurantes (The Restaurants)

So you say you want to go out?

El Paso Mexican Grill

Why not head to El Paso Mexican Grill, located at 2652 Darlington Road in Chippewa! This place has the perfect ambiance to celebrate the holiday. The kids will love it, and I think we all know – if the kids aren’t happy, nobody is happy.

The chicken fajitas are awesome! So are the pitchers of margaritas. wink wink nudge nudge

Hank’s Mexican Food

Another great option for eating out or take out is Hank’s Frozen Custard & Mexican Food. As I like to say to my hubs more than once a week…. “El Scorcho me, and make it snappy.”

The weather forecast looks pretty good for the Cinco, which makes for a perfect evening to sit outside at Hanks. Might I also suggest topping off your feast with some custard? They have Orange-Pineapple and Peach on the calendar for that day!

Hank's Mexican Food

Azul Bar-Y-Cantina

A third option, just a bit outside the Beaver County line, is Azul Bar-Y-Cantina. Located in Leetsdale, this place is just a stone’s throw from Ambridge. The food is delicious (and so are the mojitos)!!

They actually serve the guacamole and salsa in mini cauldrons. Cutest dip ever, for sure. The shrimp tacos are amazing too. But, I would recommend making a reservation here. They can get pretty crowded!


Comer En La Casa (Eating at Home)

Now, if you are looking in the opposite direction and want to keep this party in the casa, we have a few staple recipes for your fiesta. You don’t want to disappoint the crowd with store-bought margarita mix and a jar of salsa!

Anyone can manage these recipes, no need to be a master chef!

Homemade Margarita

  • 4oz tequila
  • 1oz Triple Sec
  • 2T fresh lime juice
  • 2tsps powdered sugar *more or less depending on your taste – We prefer a little heavy on the sugar
  • 1/4c Kosher salt
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Crushed ice & 2 glasses

Rub lime wedge on rim of glass and dip in salt. Mix lime juice and sugar until just about dissolved in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec and ice and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into salt rimmed glass and smile with pride as you sip!

Ana B’s Queso Blanco Dip

  • 1/2lb white queso Velveeta
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1T butter
  • 1 4oz can chopped green chilis
  • Teaspoon garlic salt
  • Pinch cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Put cheese, milk and butter in saucepan over low heat, and heat until melted stirring frequently. Stir in the chilis, garlic salt and pepper. If the dip is too thick, add more milk. Serve with tortilla chips, ole!

Dana G’s Bean & Feta Dip

  • 1/4c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4c white sugar
  • 1/4c olive oil
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 11oz can Mexican-style corn, drained
  • 1 15oz can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 4oz package crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 green onions

Whisk vinegar, sugar and olive oil in a bowl. Mix black beans, corn, black eyed peas, feta cheese, and green onions in a separate bowl. Drizzle dressing over black bean mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. You could probably enjoy a margarita while this is in the fridge.

Allie D’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 16 oz. mild chunky salsa
  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1-2 tsp Frank’s Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (plus more to sprinkle over top)
  • Tortillas & Fresh lime wedges

Heat 1T oil in stock pot and sauté garlic for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients, except for the cheese. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Ladle into a bowl and top with additional cheese (is there ever a point where there is too much cheese? I don’t think so), crushed tortillas and a fresh lime wedge to squeeze. Quickest, easiest way to enjoy delicious homemade Mexican food!

Well, we hope we help you to enjoy the holiday! After all of this fiesta, don’t forget the all important siesta!


Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!