Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.

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Discover the history behind Cinco de Mayo, how it has become a celebration of Mexican culture in the U.S., and delicious recipes for the observance.

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Celebrating in the U.S.

While not widely popular or celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo—translated as “fifth of May”—is largely celebrated throughout the United States. Parades, mariachi performances, street fairs, and festivals can be found coast to coast.

The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music

In the U.S., it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and food. Of which, of course, most of us are huge fans.

Where in Mexico is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated?

In Mexico, celebrations of Cinco de Mayo are more popular regionally in Puebla. What, then, is authentic Puebla cuisine?

“Meat wrapped in fragrant leaves and roasted underground or braised in tomatoes and tomatillos. Pumpkin seeds used in more ways than you thought possible. A sophisticated French-influenced bread culture. And of course, there’s mole, the chocolate-tinged sauce that takes dozens of ingredients and days to make, which, when done right, is a Proustian madeleine of the New World.” Serious Eats.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo:

3 Mexican-Inspired Cinco de Recipe Ideas

Here are a handful of quick links to favorite Mexican recipes followed by a larger list of always-popular Southwest, Tex-Mex, and Mexican recipes to try.

1. Incredible Tacos: Los Tacos No.1’s carne asada tacos

“Now, in time for Cinco de Mayo, here’s the recipe for Los Tacos No. 1’s massively popular carne asada (grilled beef) tacos.

Quick tip: Make sure to double, triple, even quadruple the amount if you’re serving a crowd; these tacos will disappear fast.”

2. Tamales: Chicken Tamale Casserole

When you crave a tamale but can’t set aside hours to make it from scratch, this recipe will satisfy that craving in mere minutes.

3. Enchiladas: Chicken Enchiladas

This healthy and quick recipe is packed with chicken, spinach, and peppers. It’s an excellent recipe to double and then freeze for future use. It’s a family favorite for sure.

Southwest Inspired Recipes with Spanish American Influences

These Mexican food inspired recipes are delicious on May 5, they’re also scrumptious any day of week. From traditional tacos to mashups with casseroles, slow cooker recipes, and more. And don’t skip some dessert ideas too.

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