Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco De Mayo

Viva Cinco De Mayo~ I wrote this post in 2011 and in 2016 it is still one of my favorites which I just updated.

Chicken Enchiladas Ready for the Oven
Guacamole with Black Bean Chips

Pork and Black Bean Taco's

Do you know why we celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the US? Some people seem to think that Cinco De Mayo, May 5th is a celebration of Mexico’s Independence from Spain.
Not true, Mexico declared Independence from Spain on September 15th 1810.
Taco Salad with Turkey Chili
Now that we have cleared that up, on May 5th, 1862 in Pueblo Mexico the Mexican army of 4,000 soldiers defeated the French Army of 8,000. Americans also assisted in the fight for Mexico's Independence. 

Definitely a cause for celebration, however another reason it should be celebrated in the US is that while the French were busy fighting in Mexico, French Emperor Napoleon III was unable to send troops to assist the Confederate army in their war against the Union army. As a result, the US was able to receive much needed supplies and continue to build the Union army, a force to be reckoned with.


Grilled Chicken with Fresh Fruit Salsa
Fourteen months after the French defeat in Mexico, the Union army won the decisive battle at Gettysburg, which ultimately leads to the end of the civil war.

Cinco De Mayo is not only about winning in battle, but more importantly about mankind’s continuing fight for freedom, justice and independence. This is a day to celebrate the Mexican-American culture.

There are so many great foods you can prepare to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, and I have posted a number of Mexican recipes over the last several months. Here are a few of them:

Tacos with Black Bean, Try replacing the pork with fish, yes they really are delicious!!!

Fish Tacos
Guacamole
Chili Relleno Appetizer ~ you can also serve as a main dish, toss in some chicken or beef for more substance
Fresh Fruit Salsa
Elaine’s Enchilada’s
Taco Salad with Turkey Chili
Pablano Peppers with Cream Cheese abd bacons 

Pull out the slow cooker, slow cook a pork roast, ribs or chicken and you will have a great meal by dinner time. Add diced tomatoes to your favorite salsa to give it a fresh flavor, dice up an avocado, heat up the tortilla and you are ready for a Mexican feast!
Just Cook Something! Salud! Kary~ 

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