Quick and easy Cinco de Mayo recipes #smallchickbigdeals style!

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new review, but they will be up shortly. Expect some Tasti D Lite, Cups, Havana Lounge in Hoboken & more! I decided to switch my post up this time to quick and easy recipes that won’t break your budget.

These recipes are for none other than Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo has been one of my favorite holidays to celebrate while I’ve been in college. Every year two of my friends and I celebrate together and with our other friends. It’s been our tradition since freshman year. Our celebration has evolved from simple chips, dip, and drinks to celebrate to chili, tacos, and homemade sangria. This may seem expensive but these recipes are really easy to make and won’t break your budget.

Here’s a simple slow cooker chili recipe:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can (15 1/2 oz.) black beans
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • onion powder
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Brown ground beef in skillet; drain excess fat. Combine remaining ingredients with ground beef in slow cooker. Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Makes 6 servings.

That’s just one of many chili recipes, you can find alternates online, especially if you are a vegetarian, etc. This year my friends and I are having chips, salsa, and making homemade tacos. Tacos are a quick and easy recipe. Another easy recipe that won’t cost you a ton is to make homemade sangria. I made it last year and it was a huge success with everyone who came. I looked up some recipes online and made my own recipe. Also since I am half Colombian I was able to find out how some of my relatives make their Sangria. Here’s a sample recipe:

Sangria is very easy to prepare, the longer you let it sit the more of a fruity flavor it has. You can use either white or red wine depends on your preference. It will be nice and cold to serve the next day or later in the week!


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 small glass of fruit juice
  • 3 shots apple schnapps
  • 3 shots of rum of choice
  • 1 lime, sliced (optional)
  • 1 lemon, sliced (optional)
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges
  • 3 ripe green apples seeded and cut into wedges
  • 1-2 bottles of white or red wine.
  • 1 pint raspberries or blueberries


Combine sugar, schnapps, rum, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a large pitcher. Cover with 1-2 bottles of wine of choice. and chill sangria several hours. To serve, spoon fruit into glasses and then pour sangria out of pitcher and its ready to serve. This recipe is meant for a large pitcher but if using a smaller pitcher use ingredients to your liking!

 Hope you all enjoy these cinco de mayo recipes and can use them when you get together with your friends! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Eating 🙂