5 de Mayo is often taken as another excuse to gather with friends, have lots of beer, drink Margaritas, and eat guacamole with tortilla chips. Just like we use Saint Patrick’s Day to drink even more beer.
However, the victory at the battle of 5 de Mayo was of great significance for the Mexican-American people of that time.
General Ignacio Zaragoza, leader of a poorly armed force of Mexican soldiers, won the battle of 5 de Mayo against the undefeated French Army. The French Army, double the size of Zaragoza's men, was considered the most powerful army in the world.
What few people know is that Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California were once part of the Mexican republic just 15 years before the battle of 5 de Mayo. Even though these territories were part of U.S.A. at the time of the battle of 5 de Mayo, the epic battle was celebrated by Mexican-Americans from Texas to California as a way to show solidarity with their mother country. Of course, they did not celebrate right away because the news back then did not travel as fast as it does today. However, this celebration was not a public thing, some people just celebrated in their homes with close friends and relatives. Mexican civic and social clubs also celebrated by organizing dances.
Nowadays, 5 the Mayo is considered an important date to celebrate the music, culture, and food of the large Mexican community.
If you wish to join this celebration with friends and family with authentic Mexican dishes this 5 de Mayo, here are some recipes that you can use.
Enjoy these Crispy Tacos filled with shredded chicken, beef or mashed potatoes. Then topped them with lettuce, crumbled cheese and drizzle with cream.
Nothing more Mexican than beef or Chicken Tostadas.
Chicken Tinga is a great dish to make ahead and serve over tortilla chips or tostadas.
Enjoy a Michelada!
Another dish that can be prepared ahead of time Enchiladas Suizas.
And for the seafood lovers a Shrimp Cocktail with a spicy sauce.
And for those of you, that love the taste of corn masa, nothing like these little Sopes topped with shredded beef.
Have a happy Cinco de Mayo!!