Mexican Food. Margaritas. Mariachi bands. All day happy hour. Cinco de Mayo is a bit like May’s version of St. Patrick’s Day. Americans love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but most have no idea what they are really celebrating.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The day became a popular holiday in the United States in 1933 when President Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy.” Since then, people in the US have hosted Cinco de Mayo fiestas with friends and family. Festive red, white and green decorations are displayed to represent the Mexican flag while traditional and celebratory drinks and dishes are served on this happy day.
Hosting a Cinco de Mayo party? Give our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes a try.
Spicy Beef Fajitas – Chipotle chilies provide a kick of heat, while brown sugar cools your taste buds.
Frozen Mango Margarita – Serve up a tropical twist on the traditional margarita…this recipe with mango is a South of the Border party in a glass.
Coconut Tart – A popular dessert from Yucatan, Mexico with a custard base and tons of shredded coconut.
Margarita Pie – A creamy, no bake lime filling paired with sweetened whipped cream makes for a refreshing dessert.
Sweet Corn and Pepper Salsa – Serve with chips and dip or eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon.
Did you know?
The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo party is held in Los Angeles, California. Big celebrations for Cinco de Mayo are also hosted in Denver, New York, Phoenix and Houston.
How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes?