It’s Cinco de Mayo! It’s Taco Tuesday! And unfortunately in 2020 because of the pandemic, it means options are limited for celebrating: no festivals, no big fiestas, and no gathering in large groups at restaurants. But this doesn’t mean “no fun!’ Here are some ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home.
Try a new recipe
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a master chef, a creative cook, or clueless in the kitchen. This year you’ve got a “captive audience” at home, so it’s a perfect time to try out a new recipe! Here are 22 Mexican recipes you can try, including enchiladas, fajitas, tortilla soup, burritos, taco bean dip, and more.
Splurge on take-out
No time to cook? No problem! Local restaurants in Northern Virginia need your support now more than ever, and many of them are offering deals to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home easy. Here is a sampling of some of the curbside pick-up deals:
Picante (Chantilly): Free tamales all day with the purchase of a meal
Chuy’s (Fairfax, Ashburn, Springfield): Family meal kits, margarita mixer packs, party kits, and more
El Paso (Centreville): 30 street tacos for $25
On the Border (Fairfax): $25 Cinco in a Bag with 10 border-style tacos, queso, rice and beans, and chips and salsa
Red Rocks Cafe (Centreville): Eight fried tacos, guacamole, chips and salsa, and four margaritas for $50
Taco Rock (Arlington): Three classic tacos and a margarita pouch for $14
Lucia’s Italian Ristorante (Herndon): $20 margarita pitchers to go
Eggspectation (Chantilly and Leesburg): $10 16-oz to-go margaritas
Ford’s Fish Shack (Ashburn and South Riding): $3 tacos and $6 margaritas at both locations
Have a Zoom dinner with family and friends
Have dinner with friends and family virtually with creative backgrounds for your teleconference. Del Taco has graphic backgrounds, mariachis, bar scenes to make your Zoom or other teleconference more festive. Chuy’s also has a restaurant background and bar scene you can use.
Dance the night away
Spend the night partying with some of the biggest Hispanic/Latino entertainers by streaming Altísimo Live! The pop culture and music festival the evening of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, celebrates farmworkers, the “silent heroes” working the frontlines to help feed America, through this benefit show. Admission is free but a donation of at least $5 is suggested.