At heart, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of small victories. It might not have the grand, patriotic trappings of Independence Day or the saturnalian frenzy of Carnival season. In Mexico, it might not even be widely observed outside the state of Puebla, where said victory once took place. But let’s be honest -- we never need much of a reason for a fiesta.
On May 5th, some of us will remember General Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph over the French army. And some of us will just be looking for an excuse to eat more tacos. However you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up a bright, festive menu that straddles both sides of the border. Start off with a fresh batch of homemade corn tortillas -- and don’t forget a sunny margarita to wash it all down. Salud!
Margarita by Erika Kotite
Corn Tortillas by Happyolks
Cooked Green Salsa by Pati Jinich
Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup by jessie schupack
Fish Tacos on the Grill by Merrill Stubbs
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes
Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts by indieculinary
Flans with Muscovado Sauce by Alice Medrich
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