Summer Fiestas a la Mexicana

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Viva Minnesota summers!! Summer means leave the windows open and get outside any chance you can get! I love the heat, and I take advantage of any moment I can to be outside- my porch is my haven/temple- I’m here now as I write this. And I know I am not alone on the sentiment of enjoying Minnesota summers and enjoying all it has to offer.  And besides the great weather, the delicious ways to Mexicanize summer picnics  with delicious eats, there are also the festivals and holidays to celebrate and El Burrito Mercado is right there with you!

We kick off outdoor foods with our corn roaster (elotes) for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta and we participate in festivals with a variety of foods all through summer! If you missed us at Soundset, Grand Ol Day, Joyful Noise, you can still enjoy outdoors fun and visit our booths at these upcoming festivals:

Stone Arch Bridge Festival June 20-21

Twin Cities Pride June 27 & June 28

Taste of MN July 2-5

Rondo Days July 18

Carifest July 24-25

Crystal Frolic July 24-25

Steele County Fair August 18-23

Monarch Festival Sept 12

Palomino Festival Sept 19

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Grand Ol Day (one of our two booths)

At most of the festivals we bring our corn roasters and prepare them “mexican style’ with sourcream, queso cotija (parmesan like cheese), and chile powder. ELOTE  Each festival set up is a little different and so our menu varies with options such as: elotes, nachos, mangos on a stick, burritos, tamales, tacos, and sometimes our Walk-A-Taco! The Walk-A-Taco, not to be confused with the ‘walking taco’ which is commonly known as a fritos or dorito’s bag of chips filled with nacho style ingredients, shaken up and eaten right out of the bag.

The Walk-A-Taco cone was created precisely for giving the festival goer an easier taco eating experience, and we wanted to create something clever, tasty, fun, and doable at festivals.  Hence, Tomas, my brother, sent out to make molds for the cones and began frying away and experimenting with the fillings.  After the experimental stage, we began initially selling the Walk-A-Taco at smaller festivals.  They are each filled with a mix (like a taco salad) of beef or chicken with lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos, this year we’ll be experimenting with other flavors and fillings.

The Walk-A-Taco got some media attention and we were able to work out a deal to have it featured in Target Field Minnesota Twins, Senor Smoke’s – Section 105 and 305! Next time you are at a game, try one!

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Walk-A-Taco

Not really a festival big crowd kinda person but still enjoy outdoor fun?? There are so many other ways to still enjoy the outdoors with family and good food. Mexicanizing your own fun outdoor celebrations can be as easy as cooking up carne asada tacos (or the chile marinated chicken, fajitas, or chorizos from our butcher shop!) and feature a candy filled pinata- trust me, even the adults will have fun! Pinatas aren’t just for birthdays anymore, they are fun for any fiesta!

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Father’s Day this Sunday and 4th of July just around the corner brings plenty of opportunity for Mexicanizing!  El Burrito Mercado’s deli is stocked with many fresh salsa choices and unique salads to grab and go, or plan ahead and order party trays from our catering menu! catering@elburritomercado.com or call 651-227-2192.  we are your one stop shop for planning you own fiesta, everything from the food, decor, and the fun(pinatas and loteria(Mexican bingo)!  We also provide full catering service and we use our beautiful imported silver pewter trays and other festive decor to complete the authentic experience.  If you are planning your own fiesta, consider shopping our import gift & home decor for beautifying your serving table, porch, our patio area with chimineas, pots, and much more!Margarita-Blue-Salsa-Bowl2 1073936 11406860_395469690640337_3310275208932936176_n

Hope to see you at the summer festivals, perhaps we’ll cater one of your events, or maybe we’ll meet you shopping the mercado!

Contact me directly for fiesta planning, catering needs, our festival information, or for ideas on how to plan an interactive and educational Mexican experience. milissa@elburritomercado.com

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ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AMIGOS! Milissa

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