What most people don’t know about me is that I am part Cuban (from my mom’s side) and yes, that means I love me some Hispanic foods. What shocked me when I first met my husband was that before he met me he had never eaten Mexican food cooked at home. His mom never made tacos for dinner. Ever! I just couldn’t wrap my head around that because I grew up with having tacos once a week.
Since the Hispanic side of me isn’t that strong I don’t really claim it or do traditional celebrations but whenever there is a day like Cinco De Mayo and I have an excuse to bring all my favorite foods to life I jump at that opportunity.
El Monterey products have always been a favorite of mine, especially their frozen snack options. They bring authentic Mexican flavors to the table and make it so easy for me to serve them to my guests when I host parties. This Cinco De Mayo party we served the new El Monterey Fiery Hot Shell Shockers, Taco Beef Taquitos, and Southwest Chicken Battered Taquitos but I also wanted to change it up a bit so I used the Taco Beef Taquitos in a new way too!
- 1 (12-oz.) can enchilada sauce (your favorite brand and spice level. I use mild)
- 1 (4-oz) can diced green chilies (mild)
- 1 package El Monterey Taco Beef & Cheese Taquitos (24)
- 1 cup shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend
- Garnishments of your choice – Green onion, black olives, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, ec
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Mix enchilada sauce and peppers together in a small bowl.
- Pour about ½ of the enchilada sauce mixture into a parchment lined baking dish.
- Line the frozen taquitos over enchilada sauce (do not overlap).
- Top taquitos with remaining enchilada sauce.
- Bake, covered with lid or aluminum foil, for 25 minutes.
- With 5 minutes still on the clock sprinkle the enchiladas with cheese and continue to bake.
- Serve with garnishments of your choice!
What does it look like when it’s all done? Deliciousness, that’s what!
El Monterey’s Taquitos are the perfect Cinco De Mayo food! With their new flavors and with so many varieties there will be a flavor that’s perfect for each of your guests. Finger foods are great for any party and these taquitos fit right into the mix of chips, dips, and other favorites.
My husband and his spicy-loving friends devoured up the Fiery Hot Shell Shockers within a matter of minutes. I may be Cuban but I don’t *do* spicy food so I didn’t even try them but the guys raved about them and wanted more.
My party was a huge success thanks to El Monterey and my table scape was so easy to put together with a few fun decorations from a local party supply store. Maybe I will take hold of my Hispanic side some more if it means I can eat like this all the time while my kids to know a part of themselves even if it’s a small percentage of their heritage.