Did you know that Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexico’s Independence Day? (That’s September 16.)
Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
It’s celebrated in the United States, as well as Puebla, where the victory occurred. But it’s not widely celebrated in Mexico like some might assume, given how big the celebrations can be in the United States.
While many use it as an excuse to drink margaritas and eat tacos, I feel that it’s really important to point out the history and take a moment to recognize what actually happened on this day, as well as stand in solidarity with the Mexican and Latinx communities.
Please note that if you are here for Cinco de Mayo recipes, you’re going to find dishes that are more TexMex and Mexican-inspired. There are not authentic Mexican recipes here, but they are all delicious. (After all, I am a white woman from the South, and while I love Mexican cuisine, I am no authority in it and do not claim to be.)
We’ve got plenty of drinks (including 12+ varieties of margaritas), appetizers, main dishes and more.