Today is Cinco de Mayo, a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Today isn’t actually Mexican Independence day though, that’s on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This holiday is celebrated mainly in Puebla and throughout the U.S., but not in many parts of Mexico. I think it’s very interesting that this holiday has gained so much popularity in the United States, while the real Mexican Independence day on September 16 is all but forgotten. It almost seems like a conspiracy to sell more beer and tequila, haha. Well if it is, I’m all for it. Any excuse is a good one to celebrate with friends and family and have fun, especially when we’re celebrating such a wonderful culture.
I make a Mexican or some other type of Hispanic dish almost every week. And when we’re not enjoying my favorite Mexican comfort, a huge taco salad, I’m trying out a new spicy recipe. Here’s a list of some of my favorite Mexican inspired dinners I’ve made over the past year or so. Tonight, I’ll be making a version of my tequila lime chicken pictured above. I’ll use the same marinade, with a few additions, and use skirt steak instead of chicken. I’m adding a green rice as a side, with mixed in spinach and cilantro and a fresh salsa. And I can’t forget the margaritas! Here’s my favorite margarita recipe from Patrón.
For even more more Mexican inspired dishes, check out this Cinco de Mayo Mega-guide.
Pictured above: 1) Tequila Lime Chicken