Yes, September 16 is the real Mexican Independence Day, not Cinco Day Mayo as so many think. The Grito de Dolores or El Grito de Independencia happened on this day in 1810, when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla addressed his congregation, urging them to act and marking the start of revolt against the Spanish monarchy that was ruling at the time.
In Mexico City streets will be lined with vendors selling antojitos (street food) and the green, white and red will wave from the rooftops as they prepare for the large parade. If you’re looking to celebrate too, just check out these great recipes to satisfy your cravings.
These are a few of my favorite recipes here on Babble and beyond, and these don’t begin to scratch the surface. From taco trucks to fried ice cream, what are your favorite foods to get into the independence day mood?
Chicken Empanadas | This dough can be filled with all your favorites and baked or fried for a delicious treat.
Spicy, Rich Mexican Chocolate Cake | Rich chocolate spiked with cinnamon, this is a luscious treat that takes regular chocolate cake to a whole new level.
Make Restaurant Style Salsa at Home | This salsa, a simple combination of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro, is elevated to sheer perfection when fire-roasted on the grill first.
Taco Truck Tacos—At Home | An easy carnitas recipe that you can make at home.
Chilaquiles: A Fun Mexican Breakfast at Home | Eggs, salsa, avocados? Perfection.
I leave you with Hidalgo’s call for liberty:
My children: a new dispensation comes to us today. Will you receive it? Will you free ourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen by three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? We must act at once… Will you defend your religion and your rights as true patriots? Long live our Lady of Guadalupe! Death to bad government! Death to the gachupines!
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