Cinco de Mayo Foods
Since we love Mexican food and culture, here is a round-up of some delicious Cinco de Mayo Foods featuring authentic Mexican and healthy Mexican-inspired recipes.
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It is not Mexican Independence Day, it is actually known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.
While much of Mexican food has become Americanized with loads of gooey cheese and refried beans, traditional Mexican food is steeped in history from the native Aztecs and Mayans to the Spanish settlers. The dominant theme is fresh ingredients that can be harvested from the land, including corn, beans, chile peppers, avocados, mango, native pork, beef, and fresh seafood along the coastal regions.
Mexican food is full of flavor and can be moderately spicy depending on the chiles used.
Cinco De Mayo Appetizers and Sides
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fresh guacamole, pico, mango salsa, some taquitos and more!
Bay Scallop Ceviche – While Ceviche is Peruvian in origin, it is popular in coastal regions of Mexico where fresh seafood is readily available.
Taco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
While the origin of tacos can be debated amongst the central American countries, we believe they originated in Mexico and will celebrate Taco Tuesday every week with a different taco flavor each week. From traditional beef tacos to healthier chicken tacos, fish tacos and even vegan cauliflower tacos – we can’t get enough! Check out our 12 favorite taco recipes below.
Enchiladas, Beef and Carnitas Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
Mexican enchiladas are a historic and important part of Mexican culture. The practice of rolling tortillas around fish or other food actually dates back to the Aztecs! And the name enchilada comes from the Spanish word enchilar which means, “to season with chili.”
Healthy Mexican Soup Recipes
Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
The history of a margarita is hotly contested. Some believe margaritas originated in Mexico, while others believe they originated in Texas and even in California. Margarita in Spanish means Daisy, so there is a belief that the drink may have been named after a pretty girl named Margarita. What is known for certain is that tequila and mezcal, the primary liquors in margaritas absolutely originated from Mexico, which is why margaritas are believed to have originated there as well.
Whoever invented the margarita, we are forever grateful as the drink of tequila, agave, and lime juice holds a special place in our appreciation of everything Mexican.
Traditional Mexican desserts include churros, Banuelos, Mexican wedding cookies, tres leches cake, flan (from a Spanish influence), and paletas. Paletas are popsicles made of pulp and juice of local fruits.
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