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Cinco De Mayo

May 5, 2014Danita

What is Cinco De Mayo, anyway?  

cinco de mayo 2 says, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—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.”

Wikipedia says, “In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican armys unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.”

So, I supposed for people who are not of Hispanic descent it’s just a great reason to celebrate Mexican Food!  Ok, that works for me!  I’m not sure there’s any food I love more than “Mexican”….or Tex-Mex.  

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, let’s Celebrate with some Mexican Food!

  • Possibly the best way to start off a Mexican meal (or any meal really) is with some good ol’ homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa…aka the Official Snack of the State of Texas.  
  • If you don’t have time for homemade, I have the perfect solution…Salsa in a Snap!
  • A quick and easy, take anywhere appetizer or party dish is Walking Taco Salad
  • Chicken or Chorizo Quesadillas make a great snack or addition to any Mexican Dinner…also probably my FAVORITE way to use up left overs!
  • These cook-all-day Carnitas make a delicious main course!  We love it wrapped in a warm tortilla with a little cheese, cilantro and lime juice.
  • Enchiladas are a Mexican restaurant “staple”.  The Chicken used to stuff them can also be used for Chicken Tacos.
  • Last by not least, Authentic Mexican Rice!  Really, it is close.  I’ve been to Mexico and eaten the rice.  I don’t use the term “authentic” about most of my “Mexican” dishes, but this one really is.  If you added some green peas and carrots it would be just like the real thing.  

We’ll be eating Mexican food tonight…what about you?

 This post linked at Freedom Fridays, What’d You Do This Weekend?, Pin It Monday, Bloggers Brag, Inspire Me Monday, Bewitch Me, The Yuck Stops Here



  • reginapartain

    May 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Wow, these recipes all look great. Thanks for linking up on #PintasticPinterestingParty! Our family lives in Texas as well, and Mexican dishes or Tex Mex are certainly popular and a favorite of ours. However, we usually prefer true Mexican to Tex Mex. But, it’s all good! Thanks again for sharing.

  • Sarah

    May 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Wow! Great post and thanks for linking up at Tips and Tricks!

  • cheryljcope

    May 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Didn’t know the history of Cinco De Mayo so thanks for the history lesson. I may try the enchilada recipe. Great ideas!

  • Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal

    May 10, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Mexican food is great. Enchiladas, tacos and steak fajitas are all ones that I make frequently for our family.

  • Mary Collins

    May 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Sounds like some good dishes. Also, thanks for the history lesson.

  • TrishCRock

    May 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I didn’t know that about Cinco De Mayo, always been taught it was Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s amazing to me how much we just take as truth and don’t find out ourselves. Who knew?!?! It’s a huge celebration in Colorado.

    We just love Mexican food…so any reason to eat more is fine by us.


    May 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    I’m all the way in the Middle East and I celebrated Cinco de Mayo with homemade Taco Boats. We had a few festivities in the city, but they didn’t start until late, so I didn’t go. When in the US, I would certainly celebrate with Tex-Mex and margaritas. 🙂

  • ChristyRenee’ Garth-Williams

    May 9, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Cinco De Mayo is definitely often misunderstood. S/N: Yummy!! The food looks delish.

  • mybigfathappylife

    May 9, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    I love learning a little bit about Cinco de Mayo. I also love mexican food 🙂

  • Madaline Huntsinger Federico

    May 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Ok. Pretty much just ate my screen! In Italy we don’t have mexican restaurants AND our grocery stores don’t stock the stuff to make ANY thing (I mean I guess I can make my own salsa…) . Going to try those recipes the second I’m stateside!

    1. Danita

      May 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Oh Madaline, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Italy but I’m not sure I could stay very long without Mexican food. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • MrsTee

    May 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    This was really great because i really thought it was Mexican Independence Day…so glad to learn something new. Can you believe I’ve never really had Mexican food? I need to go find me some…this all looks great!

  • Nadia @ Mama and the City

    May 8, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    yeap, that’s about right. We, my people, do not celebrate 5 de Mayo other than to enjoy the day off and to eat one more day our Mexican food, like any other day he he.

    Your pics are a representation of my almost every day dinner.

  • Erlene

    May 7, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Nice roundup. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday link up. Going to check out your Mexican Rice recipe.

  • Jennifer B

    May 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Oooo, thanks for the roundup of recipes. This is awesome!

  • Kathy Bornarth

    May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Danita, loved the history lesson! I had no idea. Now I want to make some homemade tortilla chips. I’m off to Red Robin tonight and I think they have some.

    1. Danita

      May 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      We love Red Robin…endless fries..almost as good as Mexican 🙂

  • Katy Blevins

    May 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Any excuse to eat Mexican food is cause for a celebration in my book! Took the twins to Mexican last week (we couldn’t last night) and they devoured rice and beans. YUM!

  • Carolyn

    May 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Interesting! I had no idea why it was celebrated either!! But hey, any reason to serve Mexican food sound good in my book!!! =)

  • Alex | Thrifty Below

    May 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I took some time off before school starts, so I’m on break and have literally no idea what day it is… so I didn’t know it was Cinco de Mayo, but I did have vegan burritos for lunch! That counts, right?

  • aimee fauci

    May 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I would be happy to celebrate Cinco De Mayo everyday! I love my Mexican food.. I live in SA and gained a lot of FAT when we first moved here.. So much good food…

  • madisonwetherill

    May 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I had to make sure we had some Mexican Food yesterday! But I love Mexican food any day of the year 🙂

  • lderringer

    May 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Love that you included the history! I’m a history nerd so I love learning new things. I wish I would have read this yesterday, there’s some good ideas for Mexican food (which is my favorite). I guess I can make them even if it isn’t Cinco de Mayo.

  • Louida (@MissLouMae)

    May 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    We went to a Mexican restaurant yesterday to celebrate and also celebrate my youngest daughters birthday.

  • Alli

    May 6, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    I have so many great memories of vacations in Mexico and any excuse to eat Mexican food is fine by me! I actually made a Tex-Mex meal on Sunday, so I was a day early this year! Thanks for sharing all the great food!

    1. Danita

      May 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      My husband serves with a mission agency based in Mexico and we used to have a conference there every year. (not too safe now) We loved going! Hoping things change so we can take our kids in the next few years. Thanks Alli for stopping by. Hope you’re having a great week.

  • alvinacastro3

    May 6, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I hate all the confusion with the date! We ate enchiladas today 🙂

    1. Danita

      May 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      I totally understand. We know a lady that is Mexican and grew up there. After she moved to the states she asked what Cinco de Mayo was? Not really the “important” holiday there that we might think. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Amy Hagerup (@amyhagerup)

    May 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I loved this education! We even had tacos for supper. LOL. My kids had cinco de Mayo celebrations when they were in school. Blessings, Amy

  • ChristianDiva (@RealCouponDiva)

    May 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    ah yummy!! I think Cinco de Mayo should be celebrated every day – besides, any day with food…. 😀

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    May 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    I had no idea where Cinco De Mayo came from! Thanks for teaching me! And for some good food to try!

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