Cinco de Mayo is coming up and that can only mean one thing; A hangover. Why do Americans this holiday?
Sweetwater Spice Co. has no idea, but we never frown on a reason to wear a funny hat while drinking tequila.
Most Americans believe Cinco De Mayo to be the equivalent of our July 4th, but that is not the case. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16, but that’s football season, not the dull days of baseball, so Americans don’t care.
Mexicans celebrate Cinco De Mayo because in 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico to collect some war debts. They rolled through Mexico until they reached Puebla, where against all odds, the Mexicans valiantly defeated the French.
Mexico City eventually fell to France anyway, but they still had that brave victory, known as the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
It’s more like Mexico’s Alamo, but they won the battle and lost the war.
So why do we celebrate it?
Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Puebla, but not really to the rest of Mexico. For some reason, former Mexican territories such as California and Texas didn't get the message and continued the tradition. Stop drinking? Why?
In Puebla there are parades, festivals, dancing, and other fun activities going on throughout the city. In America, the celebration focuses more on the Mexican way of life than the actual event. Often referred to as the “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day”, most Cinco de Mayo festivities revolve around copious libations being served as well as traditional Mexican food staples.
We’ve taken the liberty to find some of the most interesting recipes for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. These recipes have that south-of-the-border flavor with Sweetwater Spice Co’s Cal-Tex twist.
This year I’m recommending the fusion continue, and so I made all American Cinco De Mayo hamburgers.
Lime Jalapeno FAJITA BATH burger, and Smoked Habanero Burger BBQ BATH burger.
You can find a zillion other taco and fajita recipes online, so we took the liberty of finding a few recipe ideas out of the ordinary if you want to branch out.
This paleo recipe features delicious traditional tacos wrapped up in a jicama shell, just when you thought you had to valiantly skip the foods you love for the sake of your diet.
If you’re aiming to impress with something a little bit out of the ordinary, this gluten-free cornbread with green chilies and cinnamon is sure to pack a punch.
A Mexican twist on an American classic, this meatloaf is sure to be a hit on the buffet table.
Salted. Mexican Chocolate. Chili. Caramels. Need we say more?
For a Mexican cocktail that is a little out of the ordinary, turn to the Eva—but make sure to still have some classic margaritas around for your traditionalists.
Even your food can get boozy with this drunken salsa recipe.
Cheese-topped Chorizo Dip? Evil Shenanigans, you’re right, sometimes it IS good to be bad.
Your nachos just got seriously upgraded with this recipe. Baby back ribs might just make a comeback as the new bacon.
This is a classic recipe, but only because so many people like the authentic original without any flourishes.
Another taco recipe, but the “al pastor” taco is far from being “just another taco” as Mexico in My Kitchen explains.
Remember to drink lots of water, because you’ll be back at work on Monday and wishing you had.