Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “Fifth of May”, is an annual celebration held on May 5th to celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5th, 1862. The observance in the United States first started in California in 1863 in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico.
In a 2006 study in the Journal of American Culture reported that there were more than 150 official US celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in 21 different states.
Los Angeles’ Fiesta Broadway has been billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world, which it most certainly was at its peak in the 1990s when it attracted crowds of 500,000 or more. In recent years attendance has seen a dramatic decrease.
Plan Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
This recipe roundup showcases some of the best authentic Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo or any other night you’re craving Mexican cuisine. There’s something for everyone:
In the U.S., the holiday has morphed into a heritage and cultural celebration of Mexico. So, what better way to celebrate this beautiful culture than with the best of Mexican recipes, fiestas, mariachi music, and perhaps a margarita.
Chilaquiles a Mexican Breakfast Recipe
Serve it with eggs, sour cream and avocado and you will be making this dish more than you would like to admit.
Once assembled, the filled enchiladas are topped with the remaining sauce and baked until the sauce begins to bubble. They're then served over a bed of lettuce and often garnished with jalapeños, shredded cheese, or tomatillo salsa.
This dish is very strong in flavor, and some people might want to dilute it a bit. Ideal candidates are white rice and pico de gallo. Shred the pork and mix into or serve on top of white rice and pico.
The actual tostada (the toasted corn tortilla) is the base of the recipe and is topped with refried beans, cheese, meat, lettuce, and other toppings. They are a popular menu item at any Mexican restaurant and they are SO easy to make!
Tamales are much simpler to make than you might think! They can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.
Now you can make your own Queso Fresco instead of purchasing it. When made for the evening meal, it is often prepared in the early afternoon and let drain until dinner. This type of cheese is highly perishable, it can be refrigerated for up to one week.
Mexican food is so vibrant, both in taste and color. You could eat it every day without ever getting tired of it, given the countless Mexican flavors, ingredients, dishes, and ways to prepare them. Having said that, traditional and authentic Mexican food is not always easy to find—and it can be quite different than what we are used to.
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