Cinco de Mayo Recipes !

Real Restaurant Recipes

These Cinco de Mayo Recipes will all but guarantee a successful Cinco de Mayo Party!

Cinco De Mayo is recognized as a good reason to have a party in some parts of Mexico and the United States.

It was May 5, 1862 when the Mexican militia defeated the French at Puebla, Mexico. This victory eventually led to the unifying of the Mexican people. This is not their day of independence, but rather a successful effort toward driving the French from their country. Mexico's Independence Day is actually September 16.

Mexico and the U. S. are forever bound together, just as the U.S. is with our northern neighbor, Canada. Our people mingle, marry, have children, enjoy each other’s cultural roots, enhance each other’s knowledge and strengthen each other’s lives.

One of the things I thoroughly appreciate is the Hispanic influence in our culinary pursuits. How could we ever have not had salsas, guacamole and other dips, enchiladas, tacos, chili con queso, tamales, fajitas and quesadillas ...or tequila? To not have these as options on our table would be missing a real treat. What we would have missed!

The mingling of cultures has led to completely new foods such as the famous and famously delicious "Tex-Mex" foods and "Cal-Mex" dishes.

I am (not) sorry to admit it, but there are times when nothing else will satisfy but a delicious enchilada or taco. I'm just waiting for the day that medical researchers admit that hot chilies cure cancer - or something! How about you! ?

Actually, there are no specific foods associated with celebrating Cinco de Mayo (May 5). But Mexican holidays or celebrations bring a number of delicious foods to our minds.

What do people eat in Mexico?

The variety of food available in Mexico is huge, with unique dishes for each region as you move from the north to the south, east to west, with many regional styles throughout, just as it is in America and, I suspect, throughout most of the world. There is no real official dish of Mexico. When asked, my Hispanic friends just tell me everything is good. :-)

The corn tortilla is one food item that may be common throughout Mexico. Corn originates from Mexico and is still a main staple there, even though flour is becoming more and more popular. Everywhere I traveled in Mexico I saw food stands offering a variety of tacos, all using corn tortillas. And corn tortillas are still made fresh daily in stores, bakeries and food stands everywhere in Mexico. So if Mexico did decide to have an official dish, it would probably be a corn tortilla taco.

Beef, chicken and pork dishes are popular throughout the Mexico, and of course fish is a main stay near Mexico's long pacific and Caribbean coasts. You'll find vegetables of every kind and include the traditional beans, often served with rice.

There is also a large variety of salsas and chilies including the very hot habanero common in the south.

Pick your favorite recipes to celebrate the occasion from the list below. Each recipe has been a secret restaurant recipe and is certainly a favorite restaurant recipe for all of my restaurant guests, regardless of their national and cultural origin. Some of these recipes are most requested restaurant recipes all year long even though the drinks and dishes represent the Mexican culture.

Festive Cinco de Mayo recipes that easily move your party into high gear.

These beverages will put everyone in a Cinco de Mayo mood.

Tequila Tequila is Mexico's official drink. Here are some ways to enjoy it on Cinco de Mayo.

  • Classic Margarita
  • Mexican Flag Cocktail - Coctel Bandera Mexicana
  • Prickly Pear Margarita
  • Baja Prickly Pear Margarita

    Kahlua One of my favorite liqueurs. Kahlua is a Mexican coffee-based liqueur.

  • Black Russian and White Russian
  • Mexican Coffee
  • Sombrero - Kahlua and Cream

    Perfect Party Punch

  • Sangria and Sangria Blanco

    Try A Mexican Beer

  • Corona Beer - a light lager beer and the top selling Mexican beer in America and elsewhere.
  • Negra Modelo - a dark beer, very smooth. Reminds me of some German type beers.
  • Modelo Especial - another lager beer and somewhat of a richer taste than Corona.
  • Victoria - a cross between a light lager and a dark beer.
  • Sol - another light lager beer - Corona's main competitor.
  • Tecate - a light lager beer but a stronger taste than Sol.
  • XX - "Dos Equis" - another light lager beer.

    Wine on Your Mind? Here are two Cinco de Mayo Recipes using wine as the main ingredient! Enjoy!

  • Sangria and Sangria Blanco

    Fresh Made Salsa! There's no easier way to add flair to simple dishes than with homemade Salsas. Use these Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

  • Black Bean Salsa
  • Guacamole Dip
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Roasted Salsa
  • Salsa Verde

    Mexican-Style Soup and Stew as part of the Cinco de Mayo Recipes.

  • Tortilla Soup - With Or Without Chicken
  • Green Chile Beef Stew

    Mexican Foods - Main Dishes as main Cinco de Mayo Recipes

  • Fish Tacos With Baja Sauce
  • Chicken Fajita Salad
  • Beef Fajitas

    Dessert as a part of Cinco de Mayo Recipes

  • Strawberry Margarita Pie

  • Enjoy Cinco de Mayo! Try some of these Cinco de Mayo recipes and the company of those you share them with! Cinco de Mayo and Cinco de Mayo Recipes are great fun! - Donna

    Did you know? On May 5, 1982 Mexico fought France in the Battle of Pueblo.

    Although Cinco de Mayo is NOT independence day for Mexico, the victory at Pueblo helped unify Mexico.

    The country was elated their poorly armed troops of 4,500 men were able to defeat France’s invasion of 6,500 to 8,000 well-equipped soldiers.

    And even though Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, it’s only widely celebrated in Pueblo.