Fiesta Special – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That would be September 16th. It’s not even a national holiday in Mexico. May the 5th commemorates a battle between the Mexicans and French in 1862 in the state of Puebla.

To put it in perspective, our celebration of Cinco de Mayo is akin to the Mexicans celebrating Patriot’s Day. If you didn’t grow up in Massachusetts you might not know that Patriot’s commemorates the first two battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord. It is only celebrated in Massachusetts. For whatever mysterious reason, Cinco de Mayo has captured the hearts and stomachs of most Americans.

Still and all, Cinco de Mayo is a lovely excuse to dance to Latino music, whip up some margaritas and enjoy a fabulous south of the border meal!

Here are a few ideas!

To Start:
A sure crowd pleaser is my Avocado, Black Bean and Tomato Tostaditas. Or maybe you would prefer to keep it simple with some chips, Salsa and Guacamole.

The Main Event:
If you have a hankering for chili try my Tex-Mex Braised Beef, Black Beans & Fresh Corn or Chicken & Black Bean Chili. If you haven’t already guessed, black beans are my favorite. Chili not your thing? How about Pork Mole. I won’t verify its authenticity but it is full of flavor and delicious. If the rain clears, you might prefer some Spicy Chicken hot of the grill. Add some crunchy Jicama Slaw and steamed rice to complete the main course .

Sweet Treats:
Chocolate was discovered in Mexico so keep dessert simple with a little coffee ice cream and some luscious Death by Chocolate Sauce. Add a pinch of cinnamon to the sauce for a little extra flavor.

And wash it all down with …

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

1/2 lime
Kosher salt
1 cup white tequila
Juice of 2-3 limes (about 1/4 cup)
Juice of 1 /2 orange
1/3 cup Triple Sec
2-3 cups frozen strawberries
Lime wedges

Rub the outside rims of six glasses with lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.

Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, Triple Sec in a blender. Add the strawberries 1 cup at a time and puree until smooth.

Garnish each glass with a lime wedge.

Have a fun and festive feast! Bon appétit!

How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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